Hold On a Minute Cowboy!
One minute, Rachel is dancing on the stage of the Wild Horse Saloon. The next minute, a big cowboy has thrown her over his shoulder, jumped on a horse, and galloped off with her full-speed across the Montana countryside. Rachel doesn’t know what he has in mind, but does her best to get away from him. Ultimately, she discovers this big cowboy, John, is her brother Preston’s friend, and he “kidnapped” her at her brother’s request. Preston didn’t want her working at a saloon, and begged John to rescue her.
The only thing Rachel has cared about since her parents died, was making enough money to get her family’s ranch back. Working at the saloon was her only choice. Unbeknownst to Rachel, Preston had John pay the back taxes on their ranch. This was done with the agreement that John would get their ranch if the tax money wasn’t repaid by a certain date, and the time is almost up. To make matters worse, Rachel hasn’t heard from Preston for months. Rachel doesn’t know if she is more upset with John for not giving her more time to get the money to pay him back, or Preston for being unreachable and making this deal with John.
Rachel makes friends with John’s grandmother, Estelle, who gives her a job in her millinery shop. Estelle would like to get Rachel, along with her grandson together, but John appears to be courting someone else. Also, he looks down on Rachel for working in the saloon, and the two of them don’t seem to get along. Rachel is satisfied working with Estelle, and trying to get some of the other girls away from the saloon work. She hopes if they understand their worth in God’s eyes, they will want a new life.
Montana in the 1860’s has lots of eligible bachelors. Rachel is surprised to find herself with multiple suitors, three of them, including the town pastor. But will any of them make her heart flutter, even a little? Or will she settle for a marriage with someone who will give her a good home? None of it may matter though, when a heart attack, pneumonia or a whiteout snow storm may be the end of some, if not all of them.
A Sweet Misfortune is the second book in the Virtues and Vices series, but it is a tale that can stand alone. This book will appeal to those who like romances, but others readers will like it, as well, since it also includes a bit of danger, intrigue, and fun. I recommend this wholesome 5-star book to those wanting a well-written fictional tale set in the Old West.
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