Life may have been hard on Addie French, but when she meets friendless Emma Roby on a train, all her protective instincts emerge. Emma's brother is seeing her off to Nalgitas to marry a man she has never met. And Emma seems like a lost soul to Addie - someone who needs Addie's savvy and wary eye. It isn't often that Addie is drawn to anyone as a friend, but Emma seems different somehow. When Emma's prospective fails to show up at the train depot, Addie breaks all her principles to shelter the girl at her brothel, The Chili Queen.
But once Emma enters Addie's life, the secrets that unfold and schemes that are hatched cause both women to question everything they thought they knew.
©2002 Sandra Dallas; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"[T]he zesty, offbeat charm of life among these undesirables in the seedy West keeps this tale moving smartly." (Publishers Weekly)
A reader who loves to sew, which makes Audible ideal. No special trends but always on the lookout for recommended titles. Appreciate good stories not the graphic details which seem to be the trend.
I thought I had it sussed at the beginning. But such wonderful twists and turns. Excellent Reading.
I couldn't figure out who to root for. None of the characters, despite their tragic pasts, were very likable. It was a strange departure from her typical style.
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