The sweeping Western tale of a young girl's enduring spirit and courage.
In the summer of 1880, twelve-year-old Alice Calder is left alone to run the family's horse ranch on the outskirts of Baker City, Oregon, after her ma, pa, and little brother die of smallpox. The ranch is all she has left of her family, and she will do whatever it takes to hold onto it, even if that means greeting strangers at the business end of her Winchester rifle.
But when a man bearing an uncanny resemblance to her ma rides up and claims to be her Uncle Hank, Alice must decide whether to turn away blood kin or accept his help. It's a decision that will ultimately lead her on a journey of strength and resourcefulness across two territories, as she comes to terms with the meaning of family and just how far she's willing to go to save it.
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About the Author
Cindy Hiday got her break in publishing when she "jumped from a perfectly good plane" and wrote about the experience in a community college workshop. The Oregonian bought theessay, "One jump makes a proud skydiver," even though it was 200 words too long. She hasn't jumped out of anymore airplanes, but has gone on to publish and win awards in romantic fiction, and contributed a monthly newsletter column, "Working the Web," for the local Romance Writers of America. When her Mt. Hood Community College mentor retired in 1999, she stepped forward as part-time instructor of the Professional Novel & Memoir Writingprogram. She divides her time between mentoring the latest group of writing talent and working on the next novel. Currently a member of Willamette Writers, Cindy lives in Oregon with her husband and four-legged friends.