MEET THE HARVEY GIRLS. These real-life pioneering women were symbols of elegance in the wild frontier: taming rough manners, falling in love, and changing the face of the West forever.
Lily Travis may be a Harvey Girl, but she’s a rebel—and a romantic—at heart. Too bad her impulsive nature led her to marry a man who promised a life of ease and prosperity, only to disappear the very next day. She’s kept her secret as best she can, and now she’s convinced she’ll never find true love…not even with the handsome local sheriff she can’t get off her mind.
Cody Daniels knows Lily isn’t the right woman for a by-the-book lawman with political ambitions. She’s brash, headstrong…and entirely too tempting. But when Lily’s past catches up with her and the villain she married threatens everything she holds dear, Cody is determined to defend her honor and show her the future they could have together—no matter the consequences.
Cowboys & Harvey Girls Series:
Trailblazer (Book 1)
Renegade (Book 2)
Praise for Anna Schmidt:
"Readers wanting a good old-fashioned Western romance need look no further than this one." —Dear Author for Last Chance Cowboys: The Drifter
"The perfect read." —RT Book Reviews for Last Chance Cowboys: The Lawman
"A plot twist that will leave readers speechless." —Fresh Fiction for Last Chance Cowboys: The Lawman
The second in Schmidt's Cowboys and Harvey Girls western series (after Trailblazer) is a serviceable but unremarkable example of the genre. Lily Travis, a friend to Grace Rogers, the first book's protagonist, has little to look forward to except serving up food with a smile as a Harvey Girl, working at one of the first restaurants in the American West. Her assumption of a bleak future is challenged after Lily witnesses a troublesome exchange surrounding her friend, kitchen manager Jake Collier, and decides to help him. This partnership also means joining forces with by-the-book sheriff Cody Daniels. Cody and Lily don't see eye-to-eye on much of anything, but their mutual attraction makes for more chemistry than either one can ignore. The book is tame and sweet; it hesitantly goes to dark or serious places once in a while, such as Lily's history of being abused by violent men, but mostly remains lighthearted. Like its supposedly renegade heroine, the story is only mildly rebellious and doesn't pack much of a punch.