Belle Tanner has never changed her last name–a convenience seeing as how she’s been married more times than she cares to remember. And they were all the same: lazy, good-for-nothing, stupid men. The only good things they had given her were a couple blondes, a redhead, and a brunette–thankfully all girls. Belle and her girls took her husbands’ deaths in stride; after all, she and her girls have been running the ranch just fine without help from any man for years. But now they need help–the cattle have become too prolific and if they don’t do something about it, they’ll be eaten out of house and home. So that means a cattle drive–with one woman, two teens, a tween, and a baby. Who in their right mind would help them?
Silas Harden has had his fill of women–a tricky lot. But he’s never met a fringe-wearing, grim-faced woman like Belle Tanner. She shakes hands like a man; so when she asks him to help her move cattle with her and her “hands” and conveniently forgets to mention husband #3 has breathed his last, Silas agrees to help out.
The arduous task before him almost makes him turn back–after all, who would choose to take on 1000 heads of cattle, a bunch of stoic women, and neck-breaking, strength-sapping terrain? Will Belle Tanner learn to mind him, before she gets herself killed? Will she be able to trust a man with her heart and her livelihood? Is Silas man enough for the job?
One of my favourites by Mary Connealy; hope you’ll take the time to read and enjoy it too!