When Ardith Merritt promised her dying step-sister she'd take her niece and nephews to their father in Wyoming, she knew it meant confronting Baird Northcross, the man who, on the eve of their wedding, jilted her and eloped with her sister.
Exiled to a ranch in Wyoming by his aristocratic British family, Baird Northcross is a failure, a scoundrel, and a cad. But the rugged beauty of the land, the unexpected satisfaction of hard work, and the presence of a woman like no other awakens the possibility of happiness... if only he can keep from destroying this last, precious chance to win Ardith's love.
"...a beautiful tale of redemption and reclaiming lost love. There is a power to Elizabeth Grayson's story that will move readers." ~Kathe Robin, Romantic Times
"Each character suffers disappointment and loss--but in the end, they come together, learning what it means to be a family." ~Publisher's Weekly
THE WOMEN'S WEST SERIES, in series order:
So Wide the Sky
Color of the Wind
A Place Called Home
Painted by the Sun
Moon in the Water
Bride of the Wilderness
A late-18th-century scoundrel and rake, Baird Northcross jilted Ardith Merritt on the eve of their wedding to elope with her sister. To escape the scandal, Ardith left London and moved to Boston. She and her sister finally reconciled after many years; but now, her sister has died, leaving behind three children, and Ardith has promised to deliver the children to their father, the man who once broke her heart. Baird has been exiled to a remote ranch in Wyoming by his family in hopes of reforming his irresponsible ways. With little knowledge of how to raise children, Ardith loads up her charges and heads west. Grayson's (So Wide the Sky) enjoyable novel offers vivid scenes, such as the taming of mustangs, and character development (in particular, Baird gaining the trust of his son). As the story progresses, each of the characters suffers disappointment and loss--but in the end, they come together, learning what it means to be a family.
What a great story. All the characters were special. Author did an excellent job. Love, forgiveness, and spirit all together. Was hooked from beginning.