Thea's marriage with Daniel might not have been ideal - had she not had cause to believe him unfaithful to her? - but she never wanted or expected him to be murdered, and her child stillborn. Taking a position at Cimarron Creek as midwife forms a new start for her, but she never expected to be brought face to face with Daniel's past - and by a Ranger who makes her feel as even Daniel never did. Ranger Jackson is on the trail of a gang of criminals, one of whom he has reason to believe is a woman. Thea's dead husband Daniel was in the gang, and he followed her to Cimarron Creek thinking that she herself was too - only to find that she could not be. But when a woman who closely resembles Thea is found murdered, it is clear that however innocent she might be, she is in danger...
With suspense, romance, a good message, a convincing storyline and interesting characters, this was an enjoyable and worthwhile read. I have read the second and third books of the trilogy now, and was pleased to see the conclusion of Grace's story from the second book, but the books could easily be read and enjoyed independently instead. All in all, it's clean and well written, a good conclusion to the trilogy but also good to read by itself. Recommended to readers of historical romance with a bit of suspense thrown in.
My biggest quibble: the author had an annoying habit (I don't remember noticing it in previous books?) of breaking off almost every interesting scene in the middle, sometimes to be revisited after a jump to a different character, sometimes with the purport only gathered indirectly. You are given all of the relevant information, but it still got irritating at times.
Rating: 4.5 stars.
Note that I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review and this is my considered opinion of the book.
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