Author: Sally Britton
Series: Hearts of Arizona #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: October 6, 2021
Publisher: Pink Citrus Books
A Victorian countess doesn’t belong on a ranch, and a frosty cowboy knows nothing about raising a family. When the two have no choice but to rely on each other, is there any hope for happiness, let alone true love?
Lady Evelyn Lyon lost her husband and her fortune on the same day. Daughter in hand, she makes her way to the copper mines of Arizona, hoping her husband’s stock in the Bisbee Copper Queen mine will make it possible for her to raise her little girl. Every man she’s known has failed her, and she would far rather be alone than dependent on one. When the stock certificates in her possession prove fraudulent, Evelyn and her little girl are more alone than ever.
Chris Morgan, known as “Frosty” by cowhands and neighbors alike, never expected to have a family. When his cousin back east dies and leaves Chris with two children to raise, Chris has no choice but to change his plans. But raising children and running a ranch at the same time is a tall order. He’s at his wit’s end when he comes across a British noblewoman who has no business wandering around the desert without protection. When he learns her story, Chris knows they might be the solutions to each other’s problems.
A hasty wedding and dusty ride to Chris’s ranch starts their marriage of convenience off on a bumpy road. With children to raise and cattle to herd, Evelyn and Chris have no choice but to trust each other. But in the west, trust is hard won, and it’s hard to grow anything…especially love.
I love Sally Britton books. I love her writing style where it just flows so smoothly that I don’t even have to think about it. I noticed in the first book of hers that I read that I didn’t notice the writing at all. Nothing stood out as clumsy or odd to bring attention to it. Instead I could just enjoy the story itself. And I enjoyed this one too. I loved the characters and and the set up for their story was fun. The children are endearing and I love how their very blended family meshes so well in the end. I adored Frosty and his goodness and his desire to be honorable toward Evelyn and help her overcome her past heartaches. She was a little slow to come around but she was carrying a lot of baggage that she had to get past first. The only parts I didn’t absolutely love in the story was thread about when or if the marriage of convenience will be consummated and I wasn’t thrilled with the advice given to Evelyn about choices for her future after she was married though I understood why it was part of the story. Still I really did love the story overall. I started it too late in the evening and was so disappointed that I couldn’t just stay up reading all night because I didn’t want to put it down. I did finish it all the next day though. Can’t wait for the next in the series but I’ll be kind of sad that it is the final one. I have enjoyed seeing British characters end up in Arizona and have to settle into a new life there. Fun premise.