Grace Riley is on the run–from her past and from her fears. The victim of a violent rape at the hands of a rich politician’s son, she must “disappear” to escape his constant attempts to recapture her. Moving from cattle drive to cattle drive as a cook, she avoids her tormentor for nearly twenty years. When she discovers that the brother she gave up for adoption after their mother died in childbirth was orphaned at an early age, she is frantic to verify that he’s safe. She tracks him to a cattle ranch in Montana.
Widower Adam Morgan owns the Twin Springs ranch, but finds himself falling into a life of loneliness. Although he enjoys spending time with his grown daughter and the two men he rescued when they were living on the streets, he longs to meet a woman he can love. Living in the Montana territory where men greatly outnumber women makes finding a new wife difficult. Weary of working cattle, he is ready to make some changes in his life.
Grace falls ill on her journey, but she manages to make it to the Twin Springs ranch where her brother is supposed to be living. Adam takes her in, concerned for her health and the reason she’s searching for one of his adopted sons. Their chemistry is immediate and intense, but can Grace heal from her past of pain and fear? When her secrets are finally revealed, can Adam forgive her deceptions and learn to love again?
Review: This is the second book in the Safe Havens series and it’s nice that I’ve been able to read them back to back with the third book, Redeemed, next on my list. This is an historical romance set in Montana and San Francisco in the 1880’s and kept me on the edge of my seat at times with all the action and adventures many with dark undertones.
This is Ty and Cassie’s story but Grace, Adam, Matthew, Victoria, Jake and Will who we met in book one, Saving Grace, were at its core. It was fun to watch the interactions between Cassie and Ty and see how much they loved each other oftentimes without the other knowing what they were feeling.
There were lots of new additions especially members of Cassie’s family and their hired guns that added a darker side to the story. There were a lot of emotions involved – happiness, sadness, fear, heartache laughter, tears, romance and love. There were family and friends and the town of White Pines at its core. The story was a little steamy at times which was unexpected but added to the story and a lot of quoting of Shakespeare that added another layer to the story line. There was a happily ever after on several fronts that tied up all the loose ends in several unexpected ways.
I look forward to reading the next book in the series as well as other books by James. James is a new to me author and this is her second series that I have read. Though varied in genre she has a wonderful writing style that has captured my attention from the first word to the last. Give her books a try. You’ll be glad you did!
Favorite Quote: Pressing his thing up to mold against the back of hers, Ty tried not to think of just how right it felt to hold this woman close. She was a complication he wasn’t remotely ready to deal with. After all, he’d come to San Francisco with Jake to help his friend claim his birthright. The notion of finding a beautiful woman and fetching her back to Montana had never once crossed his mind.