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My thoughts: I am currently about half way through the book and I am enjoying it. Yes, I am running behind again. I have my excuses, but I'm sure they won't interest anyone else but me. :) At this point in the story it would get about a 4 rating. I am excited to keep reading to see where the story takes me.
Crissa is an immigrant from Sweden. She is trying to escape a past that is shadowy. Hints are dropped here and there. I am currently working on putting the pieces together to figure out where she has been and what is the past that is traumatizing her. There are two men who are a big part of the plot from the beginning. One is Garth, a miner, who has decided that he will dominate Crissa, he has tried physically, but Crissa is tough. He scares her because of her past.
The second is the express rider, Drake. He is handsome and kind. Their relationship (?) is complicated. He seems to be interested in Crissa, but escorts another woman around town. He is definitely sending mixed messages.
A third man has just entered the scene. He may or may not be a private investigator seeking her out, bringing her back to a past that she is running from.
The book is very interesting. It is set in Utah. Crissa crossed the country with Mormon pioneers, but she is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
About the Author: Born and raised in Utah, Carolyn Steele was introduced to western novels at a very young age by her grandfather, the son of a gold miner. She has been writing technical and marketing communications for most of her adult life. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in numerous national magazines. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Utah. Married and living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Carolyn loves researching obscure history then weaving it into stories. She also enjoys family dinners with her children and grandchildren, photography, travel, golf, reading, and all forms of needlework.