A jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin. A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past. An arduous trek toward justice—or redemption.
Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family—even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort.
The pair takes off over mountain and desert, past bleak homesteads and raw mining towns, hot on the trail of the two villains who took what wasn’t theirs to take. Soon supplies dwindle, secrets emerge, and suspicion leave Silver and Jared at odds when they need each other most. To confront an enemy deadlier than desert rattlesnakes and rocky cliffs, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven’t dared voice: What happens next?
The bartender grinned at the new customers, but his expression changed fast enough when he noticed the cuffs on Peterson’s wrists. His gaze shifted to Jared. “What’ll it be?”
“Sarsaparilla. Two.” He tossed coins onto the bar.
Peterson cast a look of disbelief in Jared’s direction. “Sarsaparilla? How about a whiskey?”
With a shake of his head, Jared addressed the bartender again. “Where is everyone? The town looks deserted.”
“Big wedding over at the church.” The man poured Jared a sarsaparilla. “Our fair town’s leading family’s got a daughter getting hitched. Just about everybody’s there.”
“But none of you went.” Jared tossed back the drink.
The blonde at his elbow laughed. “Do we look like the type to get invited to a church weddin’?” She snorted.
Jared shrugged, then looked toward Peterson. “Let’s go.”
“Why don’t we spend the night here?” He grabbed his glass and downed the drink. “Ain’t you tired?”
Jared took hold of Peterson’s left arm and steered him out of the saloon. “Mount up. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover before dark.”
Too bad Twin Springs didn’t have a sheriff—something Jared had learned when he passed through the town the last time. It would suit him just fine not to have to ride into Denver to collect his reward. He’d like to be done with Peterson.
As they stepped toward the horses, Jared’s hand still gripping Peterson’s arm, he glanced in the opposite direction—and stopped dead in his tracks. A young woman raced toward him, a vision in white satin and pearls, her long lace train dragging on the dusty planks of the boardwalk. As he watched, she jerked the filmy veil from her head and sent her ebony hair cascading down her back, then tossed the headdress into the street.
Undoubtedly the daughter of the aforementioned leading family of Twin Springs. But a happy bride she was not. What had caused her to flee the church? A case of cold feet, perhaps. If so, they must be frigid indeed. Despite himself, an amused grin crept into the corners of his mouth.
At that moment, the fleeing bride seemed to become aware of the two men standing in the street beside their horses. She came to a stop on the boardwalk, and her eyes lifted to meet Jared’s. Silver-gray in a pretty face, they were awash with tears and filled with pain. His amusement vanished.
“We going or not, bounty?” Peterson demanded.
The woman’s eyes widened a fraction before she continued past them in a flash of white, disappearing moments later around the next corner.
Jared was sorry she’d seen his grin. He regretted finding levity in her apparent sorrow—whatever the cause of it. “We’re going.” He gave Peterson a little push toward his mount.
The sooner they made Denver, the happier Jared would be.
A bit about Robin Lee Hatcher
A native Idahoan, award-winning & bestselling author Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love (over 70 books). After fifteen years writing for the general fiction market and a change in her own heart, Robin began to write stories that included her Christian faith. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other awards, she is also a recipient of the prestigious RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies.
Learn more about Robin and her books on her web site at www.robinleehatcher.com.
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