I really enjoyed this historical romance novel set in the Old West of Arizona Territory in 1885. I think Melanie Ross, the heroine, is an example of a strong-willed woman, who is able to roll with the punches and come out on top. I love the way she meets each obstacle with zest and determination. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy stories of women who defy the odds and make their own way in times when that was very difficult to do.
I enjoyed this story and the fact that it included mystery and suspense was an added bonus. I like to look into past times and imagine what it must have been like for those living at the time. This story really helped to deliver on that point! The interaction between Caleb and Melanie kept me interested just to see who would win each round as they argued and struggled for control of the store. Both had strong opinions and felt they knew best of how to do business. When she finds a dead man on the back steps one morning things take a turn for the worse since they now have to deal with a sheriff who seems to think they could be hiding something. The journey they experience to discover the truth leads through a list of people that leaves you suspicious of everyone's motives. Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.