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Publisher's Summary

He’s fallen for a woman…​

Anxious to meet her soon-to-be-husband, Dallas Leigh for the first time, mail-order bride Amelia Carson is en route to Fort Worth, Texas. When she steps off the train and locks eyes with her betrothed, she immediately feels drawn to him. But the cowboy standing before her isn’t Dallas. Instead, Dallas’ brother Houston has been sent to accompany her on the three-week journey to the ranch where she’ll begin her new life.

Who belongs to another...

The war Houston Leigh fought has left him with visible scars, a daily reminder of his cowardice on the battlefield. Denying his intense attraction to Amelia, he is determined to deliver her untouched, as promised. But during their long dangerous trip, he can’t help but admire her inner strength and fearlessness. And when she looks at him - as if she can see beyond his scarred face and read his innermost thoughts - he loses his heart to her. Now as they near the ranch, Houston must choose to remain loyal to his brother - or find the courage to fight for the woman he’s convinced is his destiny...

©1997 Jan Nowasky and Lorraine Heath (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Better late than never!

I really loved this tale and was surprised to learn it was written in the 1990’s. I hope Audible is already working on the next two installments in the series. It had everything on my credit worthy must have list:
1) Strong but still vulnerable and determined heroine - check
2) A damaged hero who is all the more attractive because of it - check
3) Brothers, ranches, and travel by horseback - check, check, check
4) Mail order bride - check
5) Forbidden love - check
6) Talented narrator - BIG check
7) A bit of steam - check
It’s only missing two things ... sequels 2 and 3!