A prodigal’s hope for a happy homecoming is derailed.
Clay left home after his brother’s death—a death for which he was responsible. After years away he’s finally returning, hoping for reconciliation with his father. But when the stagecoach he’s riding in wrecks and he is injured, he finds himself in a fight for survival.
Jolie is fleeing a nightmare situation. She desperately hopes becoming a mail-order bride doesn’t land her in a worse place. When the stage crashes and she spends the night alone with a wounded man, she wonders if her intended will still want her. If he doesn’t, what will she do? She has no money and nowhere to go.
Well, this little story is quite interesting. The shotgun wedding was literal. I enjoyed the take on a prodigal story as a western, the plot was well done for the book-length, the characters enjoyably developed, and the setting well described. There was some content that made this a more mature romance but in all it was sweet.