Lady Anne Stone has maintained the quest to find her missing uncle, unknowingly an heir to a British fortune, for many months,when it appears that she may have found him. Accompanied by a good friend, Daniel Adams, she leaves the relative security of newfound friends and pursues the first tangible lead she has had regarding David Stone's whereabouts. But something feels off. This "David" and his "lady friend" say and do things that don't add up to the truth. When it is discovered the imposter is indeed occupying David Stone's property, Daniel and Anne embark on an adventuresome journey to locate the real David Stone, now presumably mining on his high mountain claim.
It seems that others are also determined to find the new Earl of Stoneford or at least to take advantage of his yet unrevealed riches. At times Anne and Daniel stand directly in their way, but Daniel's quiet resolve and quick-thinking skills at problem solving, catch Anne's undivided attention, or at least Daniel's heart can only hope that it does. How can a beautiful, finely bred English woman and a handsome, honest, kind American farmer ever manage a future together? It's all part of the quest to find David Stone.
Anne Stone has been searching for quite some time for the only remaining family she has left. Her parents died within months of one another and now, her future lies in finding her Uncle David Stone. Traveling along the Oregon Trail by wagon is not where she would have dreamed her search would lead her, especially since leaving her family's estate in London, England. But if she couldn't find her Uncle David, the estate would fall into her cousin Randolph's hands because her parents had no sons to leave the estate to, and a woman could not become heir to the estate. All the money that was tied up, now rested in Anne's hand to locate her Uncle David. Since he hadn't kept in communication, she has been searching for his whereabouts for quite some time, and she now believes he has settled in a ranch in Oregon.
Anne has made those who know her real identity keep it a secret because people had a tendency to treat her differently if they knew she was an heir to an estate in London and was considered a true Lady! But that doesn't stop Dan Adams from falling head over heels in love, even proposing to Anne along the wagon trail. But Anne can't fall in love with anyone until she can resolve her future and for now that means finding her uncle, no matter where it takes her or how long she must travel.
When Anne finds her Uncle's ranch, she is more than surprised to see he is not alone and not at all like the Uncle she remembers from her childhood. Long gone are his well-bred manners and English accent. He has gained considerable weight and has apparently married a woman named Millie. When she informs him of the deaths of his only brothers, he doesn't seem the least bit concerned and instead wants to know more about his inheritance. Anne soon realizes along with Dan that the man, she believed was her Uncle is not really him and soon learns it is a man her Uncle hired to watch over the ranch in his absence while he went mining for gold.
They call in the sheriff who has the man arrested but the woman, Millie flees on horseback. It seems Sam Hastings and his sister Millie are con-artists and have been hired to make sure that David Stone winds up dead and that Anne Stone doesn't find him. What could the connection be and who is behind it all? Will Anne find her Uncle before the Hastings do? Can she save him in time?
I received Lady Anne's Quest by Susan Page Davis compliments of Barbour Publishers and Net Galley for my honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel from start to finish. I couldn't imagine how a lady of proper upbringing could endure have to search for her uncle along a wagon trail and later on horse back during the worst types of weather imaginable while learning that she would need to depend on others to help her along the way from Dan Adams to a cast of lovable characters like the miner Whitey! This one is a must read for those who love a bit of historical elegance along the western trail! I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read more in the Prairie Dreams series! This is the second book in the series and since I hadn't read the first one, I can honestly say it doesn't need to be read to understand where this one picks up. However, I can't wait to go back and see what I missed out on in the first book!
Lady Anne presses on in her search to find her long lost uncle David, in order to prevent her wicked cousin from inheriting the family estate. But someone else wants to stop her from finding her uncle, will she find him before it's too late?
In my mind, this sequel was better than its predecessor! I loved how this story had so much more action. What made this one different was perhaps how the bad guys were more present and were definitely trying harder to stop Anne from finding her uncle. I liked how the relationship between Anne and Dan grew from sort of awkward, to a close companionship and romance where they could really depend upon each other.
This is probably me just being picky, but I sometimes got a little mixed up with the two heroes having "D" names, there were times when I had to double check to make sure I was thinking of the right guy, but this might have all been just because I was reading so fast.
Overall, a sweet action packed, western read with some great twists in the chase. I look forward to reading Millie and Davids story, considering how devious Millie was in this book! A entertaining read with wonderful setting!
I received this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
Anne came to America to find her Uncle so he could claim his title of Earl. In the first book of the series Anna was the side character beside her lady's maid. In this book the 2nd in the series she is the main character and she is now on her own as her lady's maid is now married. Dan who was on the wagon train with her and finds himself falling hard for her offers to accompany her to meet her uncle. The pair soon realize that the man they meet and says is Anne's uncle is an imposter and they continue on their search to find him. Will they find him before the one who wants him dead does and will love find them despite their differences?
I was looking forward to getting to know Anne better in this book after reading about her some in the first one. I was a little disappointed but still enjoyed the book.
What I liked: I admit there was nothing that really stood out with this book. It was not a bad book but not a great book and there was just not anything I really liked.
What I did not like: I felt like the characters really did not change much in this book. Really it was a little boring at times. I did not feel like Dan or Anne got developed real well.
Over all the book was okay. The last 30% of the book was interesting enough with the suspense plot that I found myself enjoying it.