Author: Marsha Ward
Series: Owen Family Saga #5
Genres: American West
Format: eBook, Print
Date: March 11, 2009
Publisher: WestWard Books
Jessie Bingham put heartbreak away to tend to her sister’s needs, but when she settled for second best in love, she didn’t foresee that James Owen would come back into her life.
The aftermath of the Civil War creates cruel circumstances for the Bingham family. A brutal attack on Jessie’s sister, Hannah Fletcher, drives the extended family to flee to the West. They are soon joined by Heppie Bingham’s beau George and his brother, Ned, who bring news that the Binghams are being pursued by cronies of Hannah’s attacker. They fight off that threat, but poverty, bad weather, and Hannah’s frightful secret continue to plague their journey.
Nursing her battered heart when she hears James Owen took a wife, Jessie accepts Ned’s offer of marriage, but puts off the wedding until they reach Albuquerque. Then a stop on the trail holds surprises that launch Jessie into a bewildering tangle of values, emotions, and high adventure.
**Novel contains a rape scene and characters discussing Mormon beliefs.**
Note: Author has changed the reading order of the books in the Owen Family Saga. This post has been updated to reflect that change.