This is the third book in the Destiny in Deadwood series but you can also read it as a stand alone.
Zach Anderson is a desperate man. He needs to find a killer before the man destroys Zach’s entire family. He also must convince one Lily Sutter, the woman he loves, that she loves him and wants to marry him.
Neither task is an easy one.
Lily Sutter is a sinner. Just ask anyone in Deadwood. She had a baby out of wedlock and she doesn’t deny it. She was seduced and left by one man; she refuses to be taken in by another. The fact that Zach makes her blood boil and her heart race, just by being near, has nothing to do with anything.
I just finished reading this book and I was not able to put it down. From beginning to end it kept my interest and made me feel as if the characters were my friends. I will go purchase the rest of the books in the series to find out what happens to the rest of the family. Amazing book, well written. - Amazon
Forever Western Romance
So what are the features of a western romance?
· Setting – must be in the west (duh!) Whether contemporary or historical the setting must be somewhere in the West. West is anywhere West of the Mississippi, but in western books usually takes place in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, California, Utah, Oregon or Washington.
· The Hero or Heroine must be a rancher, cowboy, miner, sheriff, outlaw etc. This is especially true if your western is an historical. But even in the books with a contemporary setting I find this to be true. Contemporary’s can also have characters, such as rodeo riders, bronc busters, rodeo clown. You get the idea.
· We are fascinated with the western and the cowboy myth in part because it was such an important part of our settling of the west. It was also a very short period in our history. What I consider the settling of American West was from the end of the California Gold Rush in 1849 to the late 1880’s. By the time the first automobiles came around in the 1890’s the cowboy and the huge cattledrives were at an end.
· Railroad expansion brought an end to the huge cattledrives, from Texas to the railyard at Kansas City. As the railroad expanded and railheads became closer, the need to drive the cattle for thousands of miles was no longer needed. Cattle were moved by rail to the stockyards of Kansas City for sale.
· These movies and television shows made stars of John Wayne, James Arness, Steve McQueen, Lee Marvin, Alan Ladd, Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, James Drury, Lee Majors, Chuck Connors and numerous others that I can’t remember at this time.
· I think our fascination with the cowboy and all things western is because it’s lasting. It was a short period in American History, but it made a lasting impact on us as a nation. Dime novels made heroes of Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Bat Masterson. Just the fact that I could name all those people is indictive of our fascination with the west.
· We still have cowboys and cowgirls today. Men and women who ride horses, brand cattle, drive cattle to the rail heads, all the things that our ancestors did.
The American Old West and the cowboy are still with us in our hearts and in our blood. That’s why we still love them and probably always will.
Thursday, June 28, 1877
Zach reined to a stop in front of the Deadwood mercantile. He was looking forward to seeing Lily, but more importantly, Lily had a spare room and he needed someplace to live. Hopefully, she’d be willing to rent to him.
He probably should get a bath and a shave before he talked to her, but he was just too dog-tired. Over the past three weeks, he’d chased Jordan to Cheyenne and then southwest toward Denver. Always behind him perhaps only minutes, but still behind. Only getting close enough once in Cheyenne, to have seen him. Jordan could have killed him then, but Zach had seen him at the last moment and avoided most of the intended damage. The knife only cut him from below his eye to his mouth. It could have slashed his throat. Bleeding like a stuck pig afterwards, Zach had to find a doctor and get stitched up. By then, he’d lost Jordan and didn’t find him again until just outside Deadwood. Jordan was returning to Zach’s home. Returning to the scene of his crime, when he stabbed Ellie, returning to finish what he’d started but Zach would not allow him to hurt his family.
The problem was finding him in the throng of people that now occupied Deadwood. Thousands of people had come and more were on their way. Looking for the same kind of riches that he and his brothers had been lucky enough to find. They’d struck the mother lode with the gold claim that Lily Sutter had sold them.
He should go next door and get cleaned up, especially if he hoped to have any chance of convincing Lily about the room. She wouldn’t want a boarder who was as dirty as he was. He would ask her for meals, too. He needed them and sharing a meal, spending time together at her table, would be a good chance to get to know more about her and Gemma. The little girl needed a father but until the threat that Jordan presented was eliminated, until Jordan was eliminated, he couldn’t think about that. Couldn’t think about a family of his own.
They’d been in Deadwood for ten months, nearly a year before he left to go after Jordan and he’d been trying to court Lily all that time to no avail. She was having none of it. In all his thirty-eight years, he’d never been turned down by a woman. But she said he was a Yankee and too handsome for his own good and wouldn’t have more than a passing friendship with him.
Well, he wasn’t too handsome now, not with the scar on his face from Jordan’s knife. Red and angry, the wound still had the stitches. He needed to see Doc Cochran to get them out, today if possible, after he’d bathed. Then he could get a shave afterward and there wouldn’t be any stitches left for the razor to catch on.
He dismounted and tied the horse’s reins to the hitching rail then noticed a new bathhouse next door to Lily’s store. The sign said ‘Bath, shave and haircut’ five dollars. He went in there first. The old man, Richardson, was there working.
“Good day, Richardson. I’d like a bath now and a shave later.”
“You can do the bath but you have to pay Miss Lily,” he said, the few strands of long gray hair combed over the bald patch on top, though not covering it very well. “And then bring the token back here. She’s the one who does the shaves and haircuts since Sam left. You have to come back later for that, after she closes the store.”
“Alright, let’s just do the bath. Good and hot. I’ll go get the token. I haven’t had a good bath in weeks and am looking forward to this.”
Zach walked next door to the mercantile. The bell sounded as he entered. The one customer in the store took one look at Zach, and left hurriedly, keeping her face turned and her hand over her mouth as she passed.
“Be right with ya’ll,” said Lily.
He walked up to the counter. “No hurry,” said Zach, his voice still gravelly from lack of use.
Lily’s head snapped up and she stared. “Zach. Is that you?”
“In the flesh.”
She came around the counter. “You’re injured.” Reaching up toward the jagged cut on his face, she pressed her lips together, a gentleness crossed her features before she rallied and the starch came back. “You’re a mess. Where have you been? Why didn’t you say goodbye?”
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Cynthia Woolf is the author of six historical western romance books and one short story with more books on the way.
She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.
Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner. Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.
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Clint Eastwood is my favorite cowboy, he is tough!
John Wayne :)
Any Clint Eastwood's cowboy characters.
My favorite cowboy is Clint Eastwood!
From books, it would be Warren from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.
John Wayne ;)
John Wayne is a favorite cowboy.
i like clint eastwood
I like Clint Eastwood
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