Jessica Dubois's mother does what she has to to take care of her family after her husband is killed, marrying Samuel, her husband's brother. But Jessica doesn't agree with her mother's choices.
Ellen is a young widow with a three year old daughter, Franny. Ellen asks her husband's cousin, Clay Cole, to help her get a job at Fort Bridger--even if it's as a washer woman.
Clay Cole is a traveling preacher, he goes from fort to fort, ministering to the men. He is very judgmental of Jessica when he meets her, she is spoiled and frivolous, much like his mother.
Three very different people find their lives entwined in the wild beauty of the Wyoming wind.
I didn't think that would like Jessica when I first started to read this book, let alone that she would surprise me and be my favorite character, but she was. She grew so much, and matured over the course of the book. I loved her connection to Franny, and how she comes through for her in hard times. Jessica comes to see the truth about herself, and makes conscious decisions to change.
I liked the interaction between Clay and Jessica, he is immune to her flirtatious ways, and he challenges her to do things for other people, calling her "Red" because he knows she doesn't like it.
Overall, this is a wonderful book, with a full plot, and plenty of action, drama, poignant storyline. As well as some humorous moments as well. A wonderful setting with a full cast of characters, I loved how Franny brought out the best in Jessica. I loved book, and would recommend it highly to fans of western romance.
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