Gold Fever: 1850. Pampered New Englander Lucy Schneider finds herself on a wagon train bound for California, alongside her gold-hungry husband and coldhearted brother-in-law. When her husband dies, Lucy wants to return home, but she cannot abandon her young stepson. Fortunately Lucy has an admirer and protector in ruggedly handsome Clint Palance, a former trapper and Indian scout. She continues the journey, yet more misfortune lies ahead as the pioneers ford rivers, battle Indians, and endure harsh weather. With California just around the bend, Lucy must say farewell to Clint just as their relationship has begun. Will Lucy ever be reunited with Clint? Or must she return to her former life in Boston, forsaking forever the beautiful West she has grown to love?
|Publisher:||Epicenter Press, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)|
About the Author
Shirley Kennedy has published Regency romances for both Ballantine and Signet. Born and raised in Fresno, California, she has lived in Colorado, Texas, California, Bogota (Colombia) and Calgary (Alberta, Canada), where she earned a BS in Computer Sciences. Before returning to her first love, writing, she worked as a computer programmer/systems analyst for several years. Shirley currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada where she belongs to The Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Las Vegas Writers Group. Currently she's working on another western historical novel. Check out her website: ShirleyKennedy.com.
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At the guides' wagon, she spied Clint sitting on the wagon seat, cleaning his rifle. Up to now, her concern over gossip would've prevented her from stopping to chat. Not today, though. She walked to his wagon, heart stirring at the sight of his lean, buckskin-clad form, so tough and sinewy, so very powerful. She felt a tug deep inside when she remembered how he'd scooped her up like a feather in his strong arms and saved her from the Indians.
"Hello," she said.
Surprised, he looked up, then smiled. "Lucy. To what do I owe the honor?" He made a show of glancing around the campground where more than one pair of eyes were trained their way. "Do you want to ruin your reputation? Don't you know it's not proper for a woman to visit a man not her husband?"
"Blast the gossip." She perched herself on the tongue of the wagon. "I don't give a fig what people say."
"Why, Mrs. Schneider!" He cast a mocking look of surprise. "Have we thrown caution to the winds?" He gestured toward Abner's wagon with a taut jerk of his head. "What about him?"
"I don't care. But if you're afraid, I shall leave immediately."
"Afraid of Abner Schneider?" He laid his rifle down, threw back his head, and let out a great peal of laughter. When he finished, he gave her a thoughtful gaze. "So you're all right?"
"Yes, and I came to thank you."
"For saving my life today. That's the second time."
"Second?" He raised a puzzled eyebrow. "What was the first?"
"When I got lost in the woods and you saved me from the snake."
"You weren't lost. You'd have found your own way out."
"You said I would have ended up in Texas."
He didn't smile as she'd expected but instead regarded her with eyes that brimmed with admiration. "Either way, you were worth saving."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In 1850 Boston, twenty-six years old Brahmin Lucy Parker knew there was no place for her in the mansion of her widower father when he married Little Napoleon. When she and widower father Jacob Schneider meet at her younger sister Sarah's wedding, they are attracted to one another and marry three months later. However, Lucy is unprepared when Jacob informs her that they, accompanied by his five years old son Noah and his brother Abner will head to California seeking gold. On the wagon train heading west, Jacob dies leaving behind a pregnant wife to raise her stepson and their unborn. Train leader Clint Palance, who met Lucy in Boston, protects her and her child while Abner is scornful of her and his nephew. More a historical tale with a romantic subplot, readers will feel they are part of the harrowing wagon train heading west. Although a different trail the deep detailed descriptions reminded me of the Oregon Trail game. The trek is dangerous for a seasoned scot like Palance, but even more difficult for a pampered miss like Lucy. The audience will enjoy riding along Heartbreak Trail as gold fever strikes the country. Harriet Klausner
Heartbreak Trail isn't just a romance; it's a story of adventure, endurance, and of loss. Most of all, it's a story of the bond between the strong pioneer women from an era we can only imagine. Kennedy captures the essence of this time in history with outstanding writing, pages packed with action, tales of heartbreaking loss, and a love worth fighting for. Read this book. You won't be disappointed!