This series has all the heart of a Jeanette Oke novel but with lots of spunk and wit that are the trademark of Ms. Connealy.
Nell is an independent widow who makes chaps but would rather make pretty dresses. Brand is a widower with three daughters who are used to wearing britches and are tired of nothing feminine in their wardrobes. When the notorious Dead Eye Gang threatens, it seems the logical solution is a marriage of convenience.
This story is the perfect blend of a budding romance or two, suspense and danger and the town of Pine Valley pulling together to help each other thwart the outlaws. Add in the suffragette movement, loyal dogs and friends and a solid faith thread and you have a very enjoyable story.
This is the second in the series and while it can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend that you read Forged in Love in order to meet the other folks that reside in Pine Valley and to see what trouble the Dead Eye Gang made that has the residents of the quiet town so on edge.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a solid faith thread
Can they risk giving in to the attraction between them while their lives are on the line?
If widowed seamstress Nell Armstrong has to make one more pair of boring chaps for the cowboys in her tiny Wyoming town, she might just quit the business altogether! So meeting Brand Nolte, a widower struggling to raise three girls on his own, seems like her dream come true. Brand has no idea how to dress the girls properly, and Nell finally has a chance to create beautiful outfits while also teaching the girls to sew.
But Nell is much more than a seamstress, and the investigative skills and knowledge she picked up alongside her late lawman husband soon become critical when a wounded stagecoach-robbery survivor is brought to town. As danger closes in from all sides, Nell and Brand must discover who has a target trained on them before it's too late.