I was so excited to see another book by Carolyn Twede Frank that picked up the threads of her small town historical romance, Heart of the West. In that book, we meet Dr. Kate, and in Saving Susannah Jones, we see what happens out at the Circle J Ranch.
After a horrific fire, Susannah is determined to make a new life for herself, but her cruel brother seems bent on making her into little more than his servant, someone at his beck and call. Susannah must make a difficult choice and finds an unlikely ally in Joseph Iverson. Joseph is painfully shy, but seeing a young woman desperately in need of his help forces him out of his comfort zone. But can they find something more when it seems everything and everyone is against them?
I loved the characters in this story. Susannah has so much strength in her that she didn't know she possessed. She has a lot of tough choices in trying to pick up the pieces of her life, but she does what she thinks is best. A few of her decisions had me shaking my head, but I loved the character growth and seeing how her journey unfolded. I could hardly put the book down and read it nearly in one sitting! Joseph is a sweet hero. He's been through so much and has such a soft heart, but is so shy. I loved how their romance blossomed and how tender he was with Susannah. There are definitely some laugh out loud moments. And it was such a great ending.
I really hope there are going to be more books in this series. I am enjoying this town and all of its colorful characters!
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In the still of a cool Colorado evening, the Circle J Ranch house burns to the ground, leaving Susannah Jones and her two brothers orphaned and homeless. Embittered by the tragedy, Susannah's older brother grows increasingly cruel, leading Susannah to make the difficult choice to leave the last of her family behind to forge a new life for herself. It is the kindness of Dr. Kate, the woman physician in town, as well as a chance meeting with a rugged homesteader that give Susannah the strength she needs to escape.
When Joseph Iverson encounters the harassed young woman on his land one day, he has no thought but to provide the assistance she so clearly needs. Overcoming his shyness, he takes Susannah under his wing and agrees to a marriage of convenience to liberate her from her brother. As the pair works side by side, their mutual admiration deepens. But their happy existence is threatened all too soon by a series of "accidents" on the farm. With danger looming ever closer, Susannah and Joseph must discover who is bent on their destruction before the life and marriage they've built together goes up in flames.
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