From New York Times bestselling author Janet Dailey comes a captivating story of a man who's given up, a woman who won't let go, and a race to find a treasure that could bring them wealth and so much more...
Life in Glory, Wyoming, population fifty-one, isn't exactly exciting. The dusty old town isn't even on the map. And for rancher Luke McCallister, that's just fine. Broken by tragedy, the stoic cowboy spends his time at his Ten Bar Ranch or down at Ima Jane's Rimrock Bar, trying to avoid the gossip being served along with the food and drink. But the everyday quiet of his life is shattered when he finds a human skulland possibly the key to Glory's oldest mystery.
It was one hundred years ago that a band of outlaws were said to have buried their gold in Glory. The one surviving bandit took the secret of the treasure's hiding place with him to the gallows. Angie Sommers knows the story cold: that man was her great-great-grandfather. She's come to Glory to see if the old legend of the gold is true, and she wants Luke to help her find it. She even has incentive: a possible clue written by the dead man himself.
Luke has no interest in chasing after pipe dreams. He's seen the damage too much hope can bring. Still, he can't deny that Angie makes him feel things he hasn't allowed himself to feel in years. Something about her sweet, trusting nature, her honest eyes, and unshakable belief makes him feel alive againand that could be dangerous. For someone else is determined to stop Angie, someone who would do anything for the outlaws'gold. Now, bound by the thinnest of ties and shadowed by danger, Luke and Angie set off in search of a mystery as romantic as the west itself on a journey of faith that will take them into Wyoming's rugged, treacherous terrain and even deeper into the heart's tender graces...
"The passion, spirit and strength readers expect from a Calder storyand a Calder heroshine through. . ."
Publishers Weekly on Lone Calder Star
"Dailey's pacing, narrative, characterization and dialogue are all handled with verve and grace."
Publishers Weekly on Calder Promise
"Calder = magic!"
New York Times bestselling author Dorothy Garlock
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About the Author
Actor and voice-over artist Renee Raudman has performed on film, television, radio, and stage. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and numerous starred reviews.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am completely mystified that this book got four stars by some people. It is honestly the worst romance novel I have read in a very long time. It barely qualifies as a romance. The hero and heroine kiss only twice and in the same scene! Sex isn't mentioned, let alone even implied. This book could be rated G. I have read textbooks that are more romantic than this. Also, the characters are boring. This fact is made worse by the fact that they have potential. Luke has a tragic past that causes him to drink. Not that this is explored in any kind of meaningful way. No, he just kind of acts like a dick. I can't even see why the heroine likes him. The heroine, Angie, is just plain boring. Her past (ancestor stole some gold) is not explored in any kind of meaningful detail either. She nice enough I guess. The hero and heroine are attracted to each other, but this is done with zero finesse on the part of Dailey. The comments about their attraction are awkward and feel forced. Like she was writing a normal novel and though "oh, I should probably add some kind of romance to this, or something." The secondary characters could be interesting. There is a little girl who lives on Luke's ranch with her brother that I liked. Honestly, she was my favorite character. She had some potential too. And her relationship with Angie was WAY more interesting that Luke's relationship with Angie. And Luke is mean to poor little Dulcie. I could understand if he ignored her because of the pain of losing his own child, but no. He's just kind of a dick. Also, the plot is boring. They're looking for some missing gold that was hidden along time ago. Wheee... The only reason this seems like it would work is because it's supposed to be a romance. They're camping alone together in the Wyoming wilderness, looking for lost gold. COME ON! How Dailey only got two KISSES out of this set up is ridiculous, and I would be so bold as to say it's border-line CRIMINAL. Wyoming is very romantic. Alone. WILDERNESS. Wild animals! Luke feeling desire for a woman for the first time since his wife's death. GOD. It's like Dailey has never read a romance novel before, let alone written one! The plot "twist" is also boring and contrived. Totally predictable and the characters are just plain stupid about finding the gold. All in all, this was a waste of money and I wish I could return it. I have never bought a Janet Dailey book before, and I never will again. I usually give authors at least two books before final judgment is passed, but not this time. That's how stupid I thought this book was. I guess I should have realized it when I was more than a hundred pages in and not a single kiss or anything REMOTELY untoward had happened. And it's a contemporary! Sheesh. Honestly, I could rant for days about how frustrating this book was. DO NOT BUY IT!
This is a good read....lots of action and leaves you wondering "who done it" through most of the book. Very touching in the way they have all come together. Long lasting respect of family and friends. Cannot wait for another book from Janet Dailey!!!
I usually love books by Janet Daily, but this was one of the worst books I have ever read. I kept on reading thinking it was going to get better, it never did.
Janet Dailey ran out of characters with her Calder books and this gives her scope for another saga that could proove to be equally entralling.
The plot is pretty good and the charactiers can each hold further investigation in later books. Great for a rainey day. Luke has a chip on his shoulder and run down ranch, which comes with and a bunch of "workers" who, some say, are free loading on his good nature. Angie is looking for info, on her grandfather, who stopped by the ranch many years ago, and never came home. It involves a train robbery and hidden gold which lends for a great yarn.
Janet Dailey writes with her old style born out of the cleverness of the successful Calder books. This follows a similar vein with all the Calder books style but here she has all new characters
I enjoyed this book for its characters. All strong, some too predictable, but overall much as people are today. I would like to see a series of books related to this story to tie up some of the ends that were left dangling at the end of the book. Do Luke and Angie get together, what happens when she takes her grandfather home, what happens to Tobe and Dulcie, as well as Fargo, Griff and Ima Jane?