Carianne Barlow never expected to leave her comfortable Philadelphia townhouse and travel to the wild-west, but when she inherits a fortune, conditions are attached. She must carry out her grandmother's vision of a western culture center anchored by a library to rival those of the east. Such an undertaking requires political support, and no one is more influential than Rhyan Cason, a handsome cattle baron with the reputation of hardened businessman and rabble rousing lobbyist. Carianne gets on the westbound train with no thought of the treacherous world awaiting her in the little prairie town near Rhyan's sprawling ranch.
When Rhyan asks her to catalog his library, Carianne jumps at the chance without considering the ramifications. She learns too late Rhyan is pursued by a sinister enemy determined to destroy everything he cares for-including her
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Pursued by Elaine Mander is the first in her Intrigue Under Western Skies series. In this romance Western set in Nebraska during the late 1880s, readers are introduced to Carianne and Rhyan. Carianne is on a mission to build libraries, operas and theaters all over the West in honor of her grandmother. She is pretty much too good to be true and has an unusual knack for helping people. Rhyan is the quintessential charismatic rancher, dubbed the Casanova Cowboy by some. Will they be able to find love amidst the problems that gossips, traitors, and assassins bring? And then there is the disparity in their beliefs about faith and God--would he ever be able to trust in God? Along with presenting good historical detail, the author has created characters who are dynamic, evocative, and believable with their strengths and flawed foibles. The story moves along quickly as there is a lot of action, adventure, and a few twists to the plot. With an ending that leaves some questions unanswered and situations unresolved, I'm looking forward to the second book in this series, Surrendered. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author. I was not required to write a review and the opinions are my own.
Pursed was a fascinating and enchanting story that captured my attention from the start till the end. The lives of these well-developed characters and the challenges they faced during the late 1800's was vivid with the descriptive words. I felt like I was right there in Nebraska and on Rhyan’s expansive ranch, along with emotions being stirred throughout the book. Carianne Barlow’s faith, beauty, kindness and education shined like a bright star to all she encountered. The many unexpected twists and turns of the heroine, hero and secondary characters added depth, action, suspense and guessing who was actually for or against Rhyan and Carianne. I’m looking forward to reading Surrendered, book two in Manders’ series, Intrique under Western Skies. Elaine Manders weaves awesome historical stories filled with action, suspense, romance and God’s Word and greatness