Anna, thanks for your willingness to highlight Willow Springs. I love your blog, especially the great variety of authors you feature.
Back cover –
Â Â Â Husbands.Â Crissa had to suppress a shudder at the thought.Â If I had wantedÂ Â aÂ husband, I would have stayed in Boston.Â Indeed, Crissa considered WillowÂ Springs to be the nearest thing to her idea of purgatory. She certainly did notÂ plan to stay here long.
Swedish immigrant Crissa Engleson fled Boston hoping to start a new life, unknown and unencumbered, on the American frontier. The quiet gold mining town of Willow Springs in the Utah desert seemed the perfect spotâ€”until
the intrigue of her past and rivalries of the townâ€™s leading families enveloped her.
Unaware that a relentless bounty hunter is pursuing her, Crissa falls in love with Drake Adams, a handsome Pony Express rider and the son of an influential mine owner. While Drake returns Crissaâ€™s interest, their courtship is thwarted by the advance of one of Drakeâ€™s rivals, who may be motivated more by malice than by love.
To realize her dreams, Crissa must confront her painful past and fight for her future head-on.
â€œA grand, sweeping adventure that brings the old west to life, with characters whose share of problems continue to get in the way of their happiness. Steele manages to make her charactersâ€”even those who are secondaryâ€”feel alive and current. Crissaâ€™s growth and maturity from her childhood in Sweden, to her tragic time in Boston, her heartbreaking crossing with a group of Mormon pionees, and finally her life that she builds in Utah will have you crossing your fingers for her deserved happiness.â€
Cindy C. Bennett, author ofÂ Rapunzel Untangled
â€œCarolyn Steele delivers a gripping historical romance, rich with suspense and unforgettable characters. Her heroineâ€™s dauntless spirit had me rooting for her from the start. With an inventive plot that unfolds in high-stakes twists and unexpected turns.Â Willow Springsis one exciting read.â€
Diana J. Oaks, author ofÂ One Thread Pulled: The Dance with Mr. Darcy
Born and raised in Utah, Carolyn Steele was introduced to western novels at a very young age by her grandfather, the son of a gold miner. She has been writing technical and marketing communications for most of her adult life. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in numerous national magazines. She earned her undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Utah.
Married and living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Carolyn loves researching obscure history and then weaving it into stories. She also enjoys family dinners with her children and grandchildren, photography, travel, golf, reading, and all forms of needlework.
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