JoBeth McCoy is a strong, independent woman. She wears boots and pants under her dress, and she doesn't care what other people think about her. Jo works at the telegraph office, so she is the first one to find out that Cora, the marshal's niece who lost both her parents, is coming to town. But Cora is set to arrive when the marshal, Garrett is out of town so Jo offers to take the little girl in.
When Garrett returns and finds out what is going on, he is reluctant to agree to JoBeth's suggestion that they get married out of convenience to take care of Cora, whom she has come to care for as her own. But as the situation worsens they find themselves thrown into a marriage of necessity, can they turn it into a marriage of love?
Garrett is a honorable man, and he is determined to do what is right for Cora and Jo. There many interesting characters in the town, especially JoBeth's parents and five brothers. Jack Elder even shows up in the end and tells her that marriage is work but it's "worthwhile work."
My favorite character was Jo. She is tough, and determined, yet she is willing to try new things. I admired her resilience.
I really enjoyed this book, it was engaging from the start with a spunky heroine, that I instantly liked. There was action, adventure, drama, and great characters, good dialogue, humor, and a terrific ending that took me a bit by surprise! You won't want to miss this one!
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