Five Star, Oct 2007, $2695
In 1882 Kate and Ben Mathison leaves Sutterfield, Montana to travel to Silverton, Colorado to see their father who deserted them and their mom twenty years ago, but sent them wires to join him. `However in the Wyoming Territory, a rattlesnake spooks their horses leaving Ben dead from a broken neck. Drew Kingman arrives and buries Ben and escorts Kate to a nearby town. She asks and he agrees to take her to see her dad.
As they journey to Colorado, Drew’s former best friend Jerome Carson and two other men pursue him. Jerome plans to kill Drew for murdering his brother Tom. Drew insists he had no choice as it was self defense and besides Tom stole his cattle. When they are snowed in a cabin in the Rockies, they fall in love, but he fears for her safety as his enemies still are coming for him and besides he never recovered from the death of his wife in childbirth and their son.
This is an interesting late nineteenth century western romance starring two likable protagonists and a strong a support cast. Even when snowbound for three months the story line retains a fast pace and a wonderful late family twist in Silverton. Although Kate adapts to easily especially after her beloved brother died, sub-genre fans will enjoy this entertaining Americana.