Despite her unconventional upbringing -- she'd been adopted off the orphan train by the local "madam" -- Emma Chalmers was the most prim and proper young lady in all of Whitneyville. Why, she wouldn't even permit Fulton Whitney to kiss her, and they were practically engaged!
But when Steven Fairfax landed in her home, wounded in an explosion at the town's raunchiest saloon, his lazy smile made Emma's blood race. Slowly, Steven stilled her fears with his gentle, insistent caresses...until at last she gave herself unashamedly to the splendid passion that was their destiny. Yet now Emma faced a new terror -- for the drifter she loved so desperately was a wanted man, and his past was about to catch up with him!
The second installment of Miller's 19th-century Orphan Train trilogy (begun with Lily and the Major ) is standard fare, but historical romance fans should find it entertaining.used above Although Emma Chalmers, the very proper librarian of Whitneyville, Idaho, was raised by Chloe Reese, the town's considerably less proper madam, this hasn't hurt Emma's matrimonial prospects. Emma's all but engaged to Fulton Whitney, a gentleman who can guarantee her comfort and respectability. After an explosion in the local saloon, the doctor gives a stranger named Steven Fairfax into Chloe and Emma's care. Steven enjoys teasing the delectably prim Emma, who begins to suspect there's more to life than being a Whitneyville Whitney. She is curious about Steven's past and his insistence on always having a gun close at hand, but he remains adamantly secretive. When Steven heads out on a cattle drive, the man who has been hunting him appears: his half-brother Macon, who intends to take Steven back to Louisiana to face a murder rap.pk Terrified by Macon, Emma puts her courage and loyalty to the test as she fights to save the man she loves.