Fear almost crushes Tommy Lindsay when she arrives in South Dakota to live on her uncle’s isolated ranch. She will need all her courage and daring to survive the hard times ahead.
Adam Munro is a wealthy rancher who thought he only wanted a presentable wife to provide him with heirs. When he meets Tommy, he is smitten. Can a tough rancher ever hope to capture the heart of a beautiful English rose.
Adam waited a few days before riding over to the Lindsay ranch. He was still smarting from Tommy’s rejection of him, but on reflection, he couldn’t really blame her. It hadn’t been much of a marriage proposal. Nerves had tied his tongue in knots, and he must have sounded like he didn’t know dung from wild honey.
This time it would be different. He had taken a good look at himself over the last couple of days and he didn’t like what he saw. He had been arrogant, bombastic and unfeeling. Any wonder she had said no. He had given the impression that he only wanted her as a breeding sow.
Why hadn’t he told her the truth? I love her and want to live the rest of my life with her.
He wanted sons, what rancher didn’t, but now he had met Tommy, it wasn’t so high on his list of priorities.
He had to make her understand. The way he had been brought up by his ruthless and bitter father had colored the way he thought of women and matrimony.
As the Lindsay cabin came into view, his heart slammed against his rib cage. What if he had misread the signs and she didn’t love him? If she hadn’t cared for me, why did she get so upset?
Dang, women were hard to fathom.
He rode into the front yard and tethered his horse. Striding on to the porch, he swept off his hat and held it in one hand. He couldn’t remember ever feeling this nervous. Taking a deep breath, he knocked on the door.
Tommy answered. She eyed him coldly. “David isn’t here, and we have nothing more to say to each other.”
He grabbed hold of the door so she wouldn’t slam it on him. “I think we do.”
“I will not be just a brood mare for you or any other man.”
“I don’t want you to be. Please hear me out. Then if you want me to leave, I will.
She eyed him suspiciously. Her beautiful face was smooth as white marble, but she looked so sad it nearly broke his heart. He had caused all this trauma, and it made him feel like a lowdown polecat.
Margaret Tanner is an Award Winning, multi-published Australian author. She has written several historical romance novels set in frontier Australia, which have been published by Books We Love, but with the help and encouragement of Sue Horsnell, she has started to write Western Romance, and was thrilled to be asked to join the talented, award winning authors of Silver Belles And Stetsons Christmas Anthology with her novella, Cowboy Christmas.
Margaret is also one of the authors in the ground breaking American Mail Order Bride Series (50 brides from 50 states) – Edwina Bride Of Connecticut (Book No 5). Her other Western novellas are: The Cowboy And The Quaker, and The Sheriff’s Outcast Bride
She has always loved watching Western television shows and movies, and has found that frontier Australia and frontier America, are surprisingly similar in a lot of aspects. A vast empty land mass, hostile terrain and natives, a large single male population and a scarcity of eligible young women, so it was an easy transition for her.