Annie Markum grew up with a bible in one hand, and a disapproving father holding the other. At twenty-two, she dared to dream of a different life and risked everything to become a mail order bride. One year later, she finds herself on a friend's doorstep, penniless, pregnant, and a widow. Her husband was an honorable, church-going man, and she believes her father will allow her to come home. To get back to her father in New York will take money she doesn't have. She's got no choice but to accept work as a cook in a local saloon. Her father would never approve, but Annie is determined to earn enough for safe passage for herself and her beautiful new baby girl.
It's never good to lust after another man's wife. Saloon owner, Nick Cartwright, learned that lesson the hard way. He took one look at Annie Markum and fell hard for his friend's mail order bride. A year later, she's back in his life, a widow with a precious daughter to protect. Nick will do anything to convince Annie to give him a chance, except the one thing she demands...sell his saloon. Annie has lived a sheltered life, and her innocence is one thing Nick wants to preserve. Life is rough, and Annie is soft, sweet, and all too kissable. He wants to keep her and her little girl, but Annie is determined to raise her daughter as far away from the saloon as possible.
Annie fights her growing attraction to Nick. She might even be in love with him, but with Nick comes the saloon. And the whiskey. The gambling and the women. One of them will have to sacrifice everything to make a relationship work, and neither wants to budge. When it turns out that Annie's dead husband actually left her a fortune, her future seems set. Until someone decides to take both Nick and her new found freedom away from her. And Annie realizes that sometimes, in life and in love, you have to fight dirty to win.
A great love story
ANNIE was a pleasure to read. It’s goid to know there are still chivalrous, wealthy, gorgeous men out there...even if they’re only in print. ~sigh~
This was a good fast read and my first book by Cynthia Woolf. It will not be my last!
It was full of really fun and complicated characters and I found myself rooting for the main characters Annie Markum White and Nicholas Cartwright. Annie was born to a judgmental Preacher and a mother who died young. Nick set out to make something out of himself and became a saloon owner with his friend Blake Malone. Annie met Nick at the wedding of her best friend Nellie and Blake Malone. Nick fell for Annie at first sight but she was to marry shortly after Nellie's wedding. When they meet again Annie is a widow, left destitute and very pregnant. Nick vows to win Annie for his own but he must first get past Annie's belief of the sins of owning a saloon and the people who frequent them.
I loved Annie's daughter Evie and the part she played to bridge the gap between Annie and Nick.
This book had everything one looks for in a romance a building of the romance, great characters, suspense, laughter and tears. My only problem with the story was at times it was very sappy.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.