Kind, calm, soothing words for a . . . baby buffalo? And a white one at that, for Lorelei Collins has turned her kind heart for animals into a mission . . . to save a very rare calf. (she actually had no idea how rare or . . . valuable) Transporting the small, soon-to-be very large, animal to the ranch that she shared with her sisters beneath the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Lorelei begins to realize the enormity of the task set before her; a baby of any species needs milk.
Enter Tanner Mason. Who would have thought that the new trading post owner would have had the foresight or fortitude to haul a cow all the way from the east coast? His small outpost turns into a refuge for woman and beast alike after word spreads like wildfire about Curly (the calf now has a name), some of the spectators just want to see the animal with their own eyes, others have more nefarious plans in mind.
*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 3.5 stars
Lorelei Collins possesses a soft heart for any animal in need, so when she finds a buffalo calf bawling beside its lifeless mother, she can't help but bring it home to raise on the ranch she and her sisters are building in the Rocky Mountain wilderness. Little does she realize that its white coloring is rare and considered sacred by Native Americans, which makes it highly valuable to them and European trappers alike. Men soon begin to visit their ranch to regard the marvel, with some trying to woo Lorelei into marriage and others trying to steal the calf outright.
When the men's advances become more sinister, Lorelei approaches Tanner Mason, the quiet and mysterious owner of the new trading post, with an idea: she and the calf will move to his post, along with her family's trusted Blackfoot friend. This will solve both their problems by bringing customers to his trade room and protecting her family from the trouble brought on by so many strangers. Yet as the danger travels with her, Lorelei and Tanner are faced with a threat greater than anything they're prepared for--one that will test the limits of their abilities and the love growing between them.
Bethany House Publishing, November, 2023
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