To escape the Civil War, Jessica Hale heads to the Nevada Territory with her family, only to lose them in a fire set by Unionists. Can Jess forgive her "kidnapper," cattleman Jake Bennett, for failing to save them?
Tammy Barleys roots run deep and wide across the United States. With Cherokee heritage and such ancestors as James Butler Wild Bill Hickok, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau, she essentially inherited her literary vocation and her preferred setting: the Wild West. An avid equestrian, Tammy has ridden horseback over Western mountains and rugged trails in Arizona. She won second place in the Golden Rose Contest in the category of inspiration romance, and she serves as a judge for various fiction contests. Tammy has lived in twenty-eight towns in eight different states, but the family currently makes its home in Crystal Lake, Illinois.