By Linda Ford
It broke Jenny Archibald's center to lose her ally, Lena, to a fever—Jenny's no longer approximately to enable 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 go away with out her promise to marry a guy in their picking on her go back, then that is a exchange Jenny's prepared to make. yet she by no means anticipated to lose her center to Meggie, to the wild fantastic 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 goals of happiness, in an effort to yield—her promise...or her center?
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He signaled to the woman. “Paquette, bring us coffee, please. Unless…” He silently questioned Jenny. ” she whispered. ” “Yes, boss. Fer de lady. ” Jenny pulled in a long, strengthening draft of air, hot from the stove and rolling with scents of many meals past and present. An explanation, he wanted, did he? Well, seems he had some explaining to do himself. Maybe she’d misunderstood. ” “But—” Mr. Edward’s expression stopped any comment she’d been about to make. Lena said he had sent for his intended six months ago.
She’s the housekeeper. ” She’d heard of the part Indian, part French-Canadian people, many of them descended from the fur traders. They left the baggage where the man put it and picked their way past overturned buckets and around a huddle of chairs. They found the back door open. The driver stepped inside with complete confidence and Jenny followed hesitantly. In her world, one didn’t walk into a house unbidden. This, however, was a strange, exciting new world. A thrill trickled through her lungs.
Held her gaze steadily when she glanced his way. In that moment he’d felt something promising, even hopeful as if she dared him to venture into the unknown with him. Just remembering that fleeting sensation made him snort. “I guess I’ve learned my lesson,” he muttered to the silent prairie and uninterested horse. This was no place for a woman. He’d told her so then marched away without giving her a chance to reply. A smile lifted the corners of his mouth. Her eyes had fired up a protest. She’d sputtered.