White Nights: Book Six of Susan Edwards' White Series [NOOK Book]

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Oregon Trail, 1856

After her husband is swept away by the furious waters of the Platte River, Eirica Macauley faces the journey along the Oregon Trail alone with three children and another on the way. But Eirica cannot mourn the loss of such a brute, and vows never to give a man power over her again.

A fellow settler on the trail, James Jones never meant to fall in love with another man's wife, but it was ...

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White Nights: Book Six of Susan Edwards' White Series

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Overview


Oregon Trail, 1856

After her husband is swept away by the furious waters of the Platte River, Eirica Macauley faces the journey along the Oregon Trail alone with three children and another on the way. But Eirica cannot mourn the loss of such a brute, and vows never to give a man power over her again.

A fellow settler on the trail, James Jones never meant to fall in love with another man's wife, but it was impossible to steel his heart against the beautiful Eirica. If only he can convince Eirica to trust in him, and in her own feelings.

James is everything her husband wasn't: handsome, caring, honorable. His touch ignites passion. Struggling to survive in the untamed West, Eirica can't help but be tempted by James's offer to care for her and the children. But as they near their destination, and a promising future together, they learn the past may not be so far behind after all...

Book 6 of 12.

Previously published.

93,000 words

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426893261
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 2/20/2012
  • Series: Susan Edwards' White Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 173,409
  • File size: 2 MB

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Lower California Crossing of the Platte River, June 1856

Icy-cold water crashed over Birk Macauley, sucking him down into the dark, murky Platte. The raging, snow-fed current shoved him downstream with gleeful abandon, seizing his clothing and boots, using the weight to hold him under. He kicked and thrashed uselessly. Terror filled him. Seconds ticked past; his lungs felt close to bursting. The waning light above his head taunted him. The surface. Air. So close. So far.

With a desperate kick he broke through the surface of his watery grave. Struggling to keep his head above water, he gulped great lungfuls of air and glanced around wildly for his wagon, but the swift-moving torrent swamped him, and pulled him ever farther downstream. He slapped his palms against the water's surface, grasping for something—anything—to hold on to. His fingers slid through the frothy-white water as he tumbled in the arms of the capricious river. He suppressed the overwhelming need to breathe. A hazy gray film engulfed him. This was it. He was going to die.

Without warning, a hard object slammed into him. He gasped, drawing water into his lungs. Clutching the large log that had collided with him, Birk held on for dear life and rose to the surface, coughing, choking and spewing water. His chest and ribs ached, the rest of his body was numb with cold. He felt himself sliding off the log. Desperate, he clung to it, his cheek resting against its rough bark.

Tired, so tired. His vision blurred and his body shook uncontrollably, but inside raged a fury every bit as savage as the river carrying him farther from his wife. He cursed Eirica, shouted his fury into the growing darkness that surrounded him and left the banks shrouded in a cloak of gray mist.

Damn her. This was all her fault. Renewed disbelief swept through him. The bitch had defied him, left him while he slept off the effects of drinking too much rotgut the night before. How dare she? She and them brats belonged to him. His nails dug into the log, impervious to the pain. Curses and promises of retribution tore from his lips. It was her fault he'd been banished from the wagon train, her fault he'd been forced to cross the Platte unaided to fetch her and his children back.

In its frenzy, the river spun him dizzyingly around and around, using icy fingers to try and wrest his lifeline from him, but Birk hung on, cursing and fighting against the grip of death. The swells of dark water continued to slap at him as the last of the light faded, leaving him in the midst of a freezing watery hell. One thought echoed through his mind during the deepening night, giving him the strength to live: revenge. The bitch would pay.

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    Posted January 13, 2013

    Tigertail

    Purrs before falling asleep. "Good night Silv

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    Posted January 11, 2013

    Lightingsong

    She ran to a nest in the corner and nuzzles up with the nest. She fell asleep quickly.

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    Posted January 7, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    A WINNER!!!

    This time it is Eirica Macauley's story! The emigrants of the wagon train saw Birk Macauley drown and his body washed away. However, with all the abusing he committed against Eirica, even as she was eight months pregnant, and his three small children, no one was going to miss him! Eirica vowed to continue to Oregon, claim land in her own name, and raise her children with love. They would never fear a man again! <BR><BR> James Jones had fallen for Eirica before the wagon train had even began. Since she was married, he kept his distance. That did not stop him, his sister, and a few others from secretly protecting Eirica and the kids from Birk. Now that she was a widow, James let his feelings known. Eirica, having tasted freedom, was determined never to fall into the trap of marriage again! James had his work cut out for him. <BR><BR> Birk was very much alive though and was catching up to his wife and children. No matter what happened, it was always Eirica's fault and he planned to make her pay! Revenge! With murder on his mind, Birk and an old drinking buddy were making evil plans for many of the people who dared to be helping his wife, his property! <BR><BR> *** Once again Susan Edwards has written a story guaranteed to please! This story shows how hard it was for the emigrants and all the dangers they faced! The story had me cheering one moment and holding my breath the next. Susan Edwards is able to bring alive more than just the main hero and heroine too! All Eirica's friends have their own personalities and histories! Each tale in this series is a stand-alone story, but those who follow the series get to see cameos from other books. This interaction makes the stories all the more real! A winner! ***

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