As a rancher’s daughter, she may have endured hard work, fled potential suitors, or been sequestered to age inside the ranch’s perimeter fence. But when the ranch’s routine is broken by the hand of providence that allows a promising young man to enter the scene, watch for romantic sparks to ignite! Here are three historical novellas that feature the rancher’s daughter, who might turn out quite comely once she isn’t too riled up.
Lasso Around Her Heart
By Martha Rogers(1892) At great personal expense, Allie Logan has kept her promise to her deceased mother to care for the family so the ranch in Paradise, Kansas can prosper. But when handsome Jarrod Wright is hired on, Allie finds herself falling in love until she uncovers her father’s underhanded marriage-for-land arrangement with him and has to soul-search for forgiveness—and trust Jarrod’s motivation for genuine affection, not connived acreage.
A Measure of Mercy
By Debra E Marvin (1899) Fleeing an arranged marriage, Addie Morrison finds work in a Kansas City yard goods store until her Pa sees sense. Tasked to bring the rancher’s daughter back, drifter Dillard DeWitt hides his feelings for her and sets out to become Addie’s new friend. But the guilt he feels over his little white lies is eclipsed when he learns they share the worst day of their lives.
Waylaying the Hauler
By Cindy M. Amos(1919) Haven Christiansen saves a hapless traveler from the waters of the Marias Des Cygnes River near Ottawa, Kansas, and helps him establish a temporary base of operation while the dilapidated bridge receives repairs. Up to no good, the bridge’s project manager sends Haven into hiding up in the barn rafters, but hauler Denton Stephens has a knack for arriving right on time—until he commences to burn-down-the-barn in a most romantic way.