Friday, August 24, 2018

A Cold Winter's Love (Love on the Trails #5), by Natalie Dean

Kenzo Publishing, August 2018

The wagon train is coming closer to the end of the trail, and this includes a stop in Boise, where they hope to leave killers and thieves they've been unhappily carrying with them since events in earlier books. Deputy Marshall Scott Mercer and Lilian Thomas, daughter of the printers, and scouts Bryon Clearwater and Rachel MacIntosh, are engaged in armslength courtships, deeply attracted but painfully aware that they have different expectations of life.

Or do they?

Yes, the MacIntosch clan wants to breed horses, but does Rachel want such a settled life?

This is in many ways the hardest part of the trail, with the Snake River to be crossed, and the mountains, with winter setting in and storms pursuing them.

The two couples continue to learn more about each other and themselves, as the move closer to the point where they must decide what they're going to do.

These are, once again, good people, trying to live good lives, in the face of the challenges of the frontier. Very enjoyable, but I will say it's best enjoyed after reading the previous four novellas, as there is an overarching plot, in addition to the internal plot of each story.

Recommended.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher.