By Linda Ford
It broke Jenny Archibald's center to lose her ally, Lena, to a fever—Jenny's no longer approximately to permit any damage come to two-year-old Meggie, Lena's orphaned daughter. Jenny will take Meggie to the girl's uncle in Dakota Territory. And if Jenny's mom and dad will not permit her depart with out her promise to marry a guy in their deciding on on her go back, then that is a exchange Jenny's keen to make. yet she by no means anticipated to lose her center to Meggie, to the wild great thing about the frontier...or to Burke Edwards, Meggie's good-looking uncle. Torn among her legal responsibility to her mom and dad and her personal desires of happiness, on the way to yield—her promise...or her middle?
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Her eyebrows headed for the sky. “Really? I thought we both had Meggie’s best interests in mind. Her health and safety and happiness. ” Her quiet challenge edged through his arguments and completely disarmed him. “On Meggie’s behalf, we are agreed. ” Her eyes clear as the sky above, she stared at him. ” She swung away then turned back. ” The idea tickled his insides. Somehow he suspected it would require three strong men and a long length of sturdy rope. His amusement trickled into his eyes. He felt them crinkle.
She tried to put Meggie on her feet so she could manage but Meggie clung to her and refused to stand. Jenny grew even warmer as the man patiently waited. “I’ll take your bags. ” She managed to untangle her thoughts enough to murmur “thank you,” then hurried down the aisle and let the conductor assist her to the platform. The stranger set her bags on the wooden platform. He considered her with a dark intense look. ” She nodded. “Go home. ” He tipped his head in good-bye and strode away. ” she sputtered, but he continued on without a backward glance.
Pleased to meet you. ” She held out a very tiny hand clad in soft kid leather. He spared her a closer look. She wore what he expected was a fashionably appropriate but totally impractical bonnet. Her traveling outfit was of fine gray broadcloth although it now showed signs of her trip. She was every inch a city girl though her eyes blared with challenge. ” Did he detect a hint of defiance in her voice? And the sheen of tears in her eyes. No doubt she found this whole ordeal most taxing. Well, he could relieve her of her problems immediately.