Two tortured souls find a second chance at happiness in this compelling western historical romance in New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas’ McLain series.
Wes McLain returned from the civil war with little money, and less hope. He had given up on love. Until he saw her...Allie, the blue-eyed girl who had been called a savage, a wild soul—and was prisoner of what seemed to be a horrible fate. But when Wes looked into her eyes, he wanted only to free her, and to take her with him on a journey through the frontiers of Texas.
But Allie has been brutally mistreated for years, and is now too afraid to even speak. Wes will have to heal her and it will take more than good intentions or a few moonlight kisses to win her trust. And when Allie’s finally ready to speak again, she will tell Wes more than he ever imagined.
The second installment in Thomas's Texan Touch trilogy, set in the post- Civil War years, tells the story of love between down-on-his-luck rancher Wes McLain and wild-child Allie, whom he rescues from a cage in a preacher's traveling show. The premise of a white woman raised by Indians is not new to the romance genre, but, in an unexpected turn, Thomas represents the Indian responsible for Allie's raising as neither accepting nor caring. Following a past filled with mistreatment and isolation, Allie slowly overcomes her mistrust of Wes and his family, who, along with Allie's grandmother and an over-the-hill sheriff, provide depth and some much-needed humor to the narrative. The love story is bogged down with uninteresting villainous characters, however, and the end of Wes's quest for a buried treasure is a let down. This uneven road romance would have been stronger had more time been devoted to the McLain family's good-natured interplay and less to the unconvincing bad guys.