Boy, am I glad I did.
The story is very well written with an intriguing mix of drama, suspense and, of course, romance. Set in historic Texas and Colorado shortly after the Civil War, the underlying theme is about keeping promises and following your heart.
Here is the book’s product description:
Texas, 1872. Clayton Proffitt knows Vanessa Grant can no longer live at home. Once more, he knows he’s the only person who should take her away. Before Vanessa’s father’s death, Clayton promised he’d do everything in his power to keep her safe. So begins their journey from the plains of west Texas to the mountains of Colorado. Along the way, their faith is tested and their safety compromised. But most of all, Clayton’s promise is tested. He will do anything to honor his promise to her father . . . even if it means it will break his heart. When Clayton Proffitt, foreman of the Circle Z Ranch in Texas, discovers Vanessa Grant crying in the barn late one night, he first thinks she’s gotten herself into another scrape. But when he spies the marks on her back and hears about her stepfather’s advances, Clayton knows he must spirit Vanessa away to safety.As they make their way west, it becomes apparent that there’s something special between Vanessa and Clayton— far more significant than mere friendship or his sense of duty. Unfortunately, also heading west are Vanessa’s brother Miles and her stepfather Price Venture. Price wants Vanessa back for obvious reasons; Miles wants to earn his stepfather’s respect. Eventually, unexpected confrontations reach a harrowing conclusion. As their family begins to heal, their journey and trials they’ve faced helps them realize their future is in God’s guiding hands.
Very well written, this book is well worth your time, especially if you enjoy historic inspirational fiction.