The description of this book, and it's genre crossing was a little daunting to me initially, and if there's one thing this blog has done, it's made me excited to try new things. This one is touted as historical romance, paranormal, thriller, and mystery all rolled into one. So I was nervous to read it, and a touch hesitant. Do not make that mistake. I do believe Ms. Sundell has added one or two more genres to my like list. Great story!
Meggie has just stepped off the train from Boston to Denver and is ready to begin her life anew, away from the demons that have haunted her day and night for years. To begin this process, she sheds her name and becomes Rose Rochester. Finding no teaching jobs available in Denver and with very little money, she sees a post in the newspaper that a teaching position is available in Hot Sulphur Springs. After convincing the man at the newspaper she is well aware of the dangers that a new dwelling so close to the Utes can pose to a single young woman in the 1800s and still wants the job, she is granted the position.
Between the time she enters Denver and before she settles down in Hot Sulphur Springs, she meets Ethan, and the two immediately clash and yet are drawn close by something magnetic between them. Meggie avoids all contact, as scared of men as she is, and Ethan, witnessing her craziness firsthand upon first encounter willingly obliges. Yet fate has something else in store for them and they keep being thrown together.
As I said, this book was one I was unsure of when I read the description, but I am so glad I read it. I don't really know that I would agree there is a paranormal aspect to it at all, but the mystery, the plot, and romance are there in spades. The book started a bit slowly for me, but that was definitely a mental block on my end because I was hesitant about reading historical romance (the delegation of that genre always conjures up one of the Fabio covers, gross) but I am so glad I read this. The intrigue was there throughout and I couldn't wait to finish. The cover of the book is also beautiful!