Rebecca Taylor traveled the Oregon Trail for one reason, to provide for and protect her younger siblings. Having lost her mother years ago, the care and raising of the younger children fell to her and her brother. Oregon was supposed to be a new beginning, a fresh start. But the house they acquire needs more work than it’s worth, and a wealthy and powerful man has taken more than a passing interest in having Rebecca for his wife. Add to her confusion a simmering attraction to Ian Stanford, the carpenter hired to repair their home, and Rebecca is in way over her head.
After losing his wife–in a still unsolved murder–Ian Stanford has been raising his twin boys alone. Work fixing up the Taylor’s old home is exactly what he and his boys need, but the enchanting young woman in charge of the household is driving him to distraction. His two boys want a new mother, but the only thing Ian is interested in is catching his dead wife’s killer. When a new discovery leads him to a startling truth, everyone is in danger…his boys, the family he’s grown to care too much about, and the beautiful Rebecca, who had can’t stop thinking about.
When the truth about
his wife’s killer is revealed, he’s shocked to discover his first need is not
vengeance but to protect his new family. But the stubborn Rebecca isn’t the
type to sit idly by when her family is in danger. Ian has no choice but to work
with Rebecca to lure the killer into a trap. The real trap, he soon discovers,
is the one Rebecca placed around his heart.
Carter Monroe is a rancher and pretty content with his life as it is. He doesn’t think he’s missing anything, at least nothing he can think of. Then BAM!! His world is turned upside down when he finds a baby on his doorstep. The mother was under the mistaken impression he was the father, but he’s not, but he thinks he knows who is. Regardless, he decides to raise the child as his own.
Here is the blurb for Carter:
Carter Monroe woke on a normal day or so he thought. Then he
found a baby in a basket on his front porch with a note stating he was the
father. That was impossible and yet the baby’s mama had been sure. With no way
to find the mother, he takes the responsibility of raising the little girl,
Lanie, as his daughter.
Lanie needed everything. While at the mercantile he meets
beautiful Samantha Wallace who informs him she is his mail-order bride, a bride
he knows nothing about. When he sees her, mistake or not, he knows he can never
let her go.
What is going on? A baby and a bride all on the same day?
Was someone playing tricks on him or was he just having a really strange day?
Eliza Tanner has a past she hopes to hide and she hopes to escape. When she finds an abandoned baby out in the wilderness, she immediately falls in love with the child and is determined to raise her and give her all the things, including love that she never had.
Here is the blurb for Eliza:
Avoiding love and entanglements has been easy for Hank Barringer
since losing his wife and young son to influenza. An outrider on the wagon
train, his only job is to keep the mail order brides and passengers safe until
they reach their destination. Then he meets Eliza Tanner. She’s different than
other women. Seemingly fearless—her feisty manner disrupts his well-ordered
idea of how a woman should behave. He doesn’t approve, so why can’t he stop
thinking about her?
Eliza has secrets and a past that could destroy any chance she
has of building a new life. When an opportunity arises to join a wagon train
full of mail-order brides headed to Oregon City, she flees from her old life.
Little does she know that danger from her past stalks her, or that a killer’s
obsession will be strong enough to follow her to the other side of the country.
When Eliza’s past catches up with her, she’ll need a real hero…a man who can accept the truth, and love her despite the circumstances of her past.