Following the westward route of the Orphan Trains, itinerant photographer Shea Waterston is searching for the infant son she was forced to give up ten years ago. To pay her way, Shea photographs everything from church choirs to outlaws, and is setting up her camera at a hanging when she lands in Judge Gallimore's jail.
Colorado Territorial Judge Cameron Gallimore, a strong but just man, damned himself years before with one fateful decision. But when Shea is hurt saving his life, Cameron takes her to his ranch--against his own better judgement--to recuperate. While there, Shea begins to suspect the Judge's ten-year-old son is her own lost child.
But the boy's identity isn't the only secret Cam has, and just as Shea begins to heal the empty places in his heart, Cam's past catches up with him. Now Cameron must stand against his enemies to protect his boy and win Shea's love forever.
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In 1875 Colorado Territory, Judge Cameron Gallimore hates the idea of hanging someone, but knows the importance of completing his job as he has done eleven times in the last four years. However, he draws the line with a photographer wanting to take a picture of the upcoming hanging of crazy Joe Calvert. Instead, he locks up photographer Shea Waterson until the deed is done. Unable to accept that the handsome judge incarcerated and took away her camera, Shea wonders how she will earn money to continue her quest for her child she was forced to give up almost a decade ago. Shea follows the path of the orphan train, but has had little success. As Shea and Cameron become acquainted they begin to fall in love with one another. However, she starts to believe that the son he adopted in 1866 is her biological child and he still carries guilt from a Civil War raid that hurt innocents including his own sister. PAINTED BY THE SUN is an Americana drama centering on various types of relationship. The relationships seem genuine because the charcaters involved feel real and their motives make sense. The story line is filled with action, love, and a touch of history as Elizabeth Grayson paints a picturesque tale of the Reconstruction Era in the Rockies. Harriet Klausner
This the first book of Elizabeth Grayson's that I've read. She is a truly gifted story teller. Shea and Cameron's journey together was a moving story with twists and turns. Her characters came to life across the pages. Can't wait to read another of her stories in this series.
Shea Waterston was a widow who had been forced to give up her son ten years ago to an orphan wagon train. Working as a traveling photographer, she and her assistant had been searching for her son for years. By chance, she ran into Colorado Territorial Judge Cameron Gallimore and saved his life. She took a bullet for her trouble. This meant she and her assistant stayed with Cameron, his sister, and his son, until she healed. Then it was too close to winter to continue the search. By staying through the winter, she opened a photography shop. Then she found the boy she believed to be her son! Only now, he was Cam's son! Seeing how Cam, her son, and Lily (Cam's sister) were a close, loving, and happy family, she began to believe she should keep her secret. She had no right to disrupt the boy's wonderful family life.
In the meantime, someone was after a picture Shea had taken earlier in the year and would do anything to get it. And that someone had a past with Cam. A past that Cam did not want to remember.
*** A book destined to pull out the tender concerns of all mothers. Elizabeth Grayson is a marvel! Excellent book! ***