Pub Date 29 Aug 2017
Determined to save her father and siblings from a crumbling Chicago tenement, Emilia Stanek becomes the long-distance bride of a Montana rancher. But when she arrives in Helena, a rugged lawman shatters her plans with the news that her husband is dead—and deeply in debt.
County sheriff Mac McCall can’t afford to be distracted by the pretty young widow, not with scandalous secrets emerging as he investigates his friend’s suspicious death. Mac’s gruff order that she leave town at once only spurs Emilia’s resolve to take ownership of her late husband’s ranch and face his debtors. But as her defenses soften, Emilia begins to accept Mac’s help, feel compassion for his own wounded heart—and learns that trust means taking a leap of faith . . .
“Welborn and Whitham’s novel moves swiftly and is filled with appealing characters – especially Emilia and Mac, whose slow-simmering attraction will please fans of inspirational romance.” - Publishers Weekly
“This mail-order bride novel as it all – likeable characters, intriguing suspense, a dash of wry humor, and a swoon-worthy romance! Emilia Stanek is a strong heroine with a soft heart, and fellow bookworms will enjoy her fondness for reading. Sheriff Mac McCall will keep readers reaching for their fans, his initial gruffness offset by his tender (yet wounded) heart and – let’s admit – his hotness. The mystery thread in this Montana Brides Romance gives enough structure to support the plot and heighten the romantic tension without overpowering the story. More importantly, the plight of that era’s marginalized citizens proves equally timely and touching today.”– RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars