Nolan West runs the stagecoach station in a near ghost town, Pyrite, Nebraska. He spent most of the Civil War as a prisoner of war, and he likes the solitude and order of his home. He certainly doesn't want overnight guest in the form of a woman and her three children.
Tilly Hargreaves is escorting her nieces to Omaha when Caroline get's sick and they have to stop in Pyrite, they plan to catch the next stage out, but when outlaws show up in town after the gold shipment she finds herself in for an extended stay.
I like how the outlaw assume Tilly to be Nolan's wife, and he doesn't correct them. They work together to keep the girls safe, and find themselves telling each other things that they've never told anyone before.
Tilly is my favorite character, and she like Nolan despite of his idiosyncrasies. She is a woman of faith, and knows that Nolan doesn't think that he is worthy of her, but she holds to hope that he will come to his senses.
There is almost non-stop action throughout, with Captain Ronald and the girls' mother showing up in Pyrite as well. I liked Tilly's nieces, especially Elizabeth who quickly wraps "No-wan" around her little finger.
Nolan is honest man, who sees Tilly's beauty and intelligence right away and admires her for it. He struggles with his past and the man that he is.
This was a great read, with lots of action and surprises throughout. Highly enjoyable read!
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