Love Will Follow

Love Will Follow

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by Bailey Bristol
     
 
Every child on the 1890's Orphan Trains hoped to be taken in by a loving family, to know what it meant to be wanted and loved. For 10-year-old Kittie Thornton, it meant leaving her brother-protector on the train and being taken in to serve an abusive family in Kansas. Now, as a frightened 18-yr-old, she must flee or die at the hands of the man who never saw her as a

Overview

Every child on the 1890's Orphan Trains hoped to be taken in by a loving family, to know what it meant to be wanted and loved. For 10-year-old Kittie Thornton, it meant leaving her brother-protector on the train and being taken in to serve an abusive family in Kansas. Now, as a frightened 18-yr-old, she must flee or die at the hands of the man who never saw her as a daughter, only as his woman. With no funds and little hope of succeeding in her flight, Kittie finds meager work in Mounthaven, Ohio, the only place she remembered her own parents speaking of with fond memories. And there she hides.

Her brother, Penn Thornton, had watched his little sister leave the train station with a family of five. Thinking she'd be better off with them now, he joined up with another 12-year-old and headed north. As young men, Penn and Jake Kannady rose in the ranks of the Cavalry, until Penn and his beautiful Indian wife were killed at Wounded Knee. Devastated, Jake leaves the carnage with Penn and Two Hearts' infant son strapped to his back and a single obsession to honor his best friend's dying words. "Find my sister, Jake. Take my son to Kittie." With nothing to go on except the name of the Kansas town where they last saw Kittie, Jake carries the baby on a relentless search. In Mounthaven he loses the trail. And loses his heart.

With murder in his eyes, the son of the depraved Kansas farmer stalks Jake, certain he'll lead him right to Kittie. After all, she was his woman now that Kittie had killed his old man.

Rich with poignant, mystical dream scenes and glimpses of what family can truly be, Bailey Bristol weaves a tail of danger and endurance, loss and depravity, honor and trust...and a love that blurs the lines between hope and the spirit world.

Editorial Reviews

Jill GoodReads.com
Well-researched and well-written, this historical western romance is a gritty story of abuse, hardship and the often unrelenting harshness of living in the Old West. But it is also a story of hope, goodness and love. And there was a real beauty to the mystical appearances of Penn in Kittie's dreams. After the horror of her teenage years it was a delight to see the sweet and likable Kittie receive her justly deserved hea.
Stephen Lovely
In Love Will Follow I found strong characters that I could believe in and like. Kittie/Kate is the main character. After suffering untold abuse as a orphan in Kansas she escaped to Ohio where she suffered some more before doing the right thing, seemingly making her plight worse but in the long run leading to a brighter future. She persevered and rose above her problems to finally reach the happy ending. Some paranormal...a sort of plus that sent pleasant shivers down my back.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983074144
Publisher:
Prairie Muse Publishing
Publication date:
02/09/2011
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

Meet the Author

Bailey Bristol is an author of both historical and contemporary suspense. Family bonds, enduring love, menacing villains and unforgettable characters are prominent in her stories set in unlikely places. Whether you meet a heroine backstage at the Vienna opera, or at the bottom of an Ohio coal chute, or find your hero about to die trying to rescue her from a burning zeppelin, you will be immediately engaged with Bristol’s rich characterizations and vivid settings.

Bailey Bristol is the pen name of Mary Schwaner, an accomplished coloratura soprano, graphic artist, and IT geek.

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Love Will Follow 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good story line. I wish the author would not have placed so much language into the book ... I was taken back by all of it! Actually started not to finish it, however now I will delete it. Simply put it is not a book I would ever want to re-read!
kealea More than 1 year ago
Simple but endearing story. Although the plot is all too common, this author stands out with the realistic brutality of what someone like Kitty would actually have experienced in those times. Look forward to reading more of her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When 10 year-old Kittie Thornton left the Orphan Train, it was with the hope of living safely with a loving family who would welcome her as a daughter. Instead, after the death of her stepmother, Kittie finds herself the target of her lecher of a stepfather who wants to use and abuse her. Deciding it is safer to run away to an unknown future with her little stepsister, Kittie makes her way to Mounthaven, Ohio the town her real mother had come from. New in Mounthaven is Deputy Sheriff Jake Kannady who has come with his best friend's orphan baby. Penn Thornton, Kittie's older brother and also Jake's best friend since they met on the Orphan Train, was killed at Wounded Knee along with his Indian wife, leaving their baby in Jake's care. Penn's last wish to Jake, find his sister Kittie and deliver the baby into her safekeeping. Well-researched and well-written, this historical western romance is a gritty story of abuse, hardship and the often unrelenting harshness of living in the Old West. But it is also a story of hope, goodness and love. And there was a real beauty to the mystical appearances of Penn in Kittie's dreams. Jake may have fought at Wounded Knee and taken on the duties of sheriff, but his easygoing manner has been left unaffected and is just the tonic for the abused and unloved Kittie. After the horror of her teenage years it was a delight to see the sweet and likable Kittie receive her justly deserved hea. - Jill, Australia
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LauraLandon More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, rich in historical description. Emotionally gripping story ...of family lost - and found.