Better than any cowboy, Oakley Hallowell’s hard work and mystical gifts are the reason her family’s ranch thrives in the harsh landscape of Paradox Valley, Colorado, in 1889. But while the land and animals prosper under her care, Oakley battles to survive the control and abuse of her father, Gideon.
Antero, a lone Ute Indian, helps Oakley after a fall from her horse. She prays her father never finds out—for Antero’s safety and her own. But one chance meeting quickly evolves into a forbidden love affair. When a local man is murdered and Antero accused of the gruesome crime, Oakley must fight for the life she wants. Hate, violence, death—can love survive it all?
I’m not even sure how I came across this book to review but I would definitely read this author’s work again. You never know what to expect when you pick up a book by an author you have never heard of. I can say Teri is a very talented writer and knows how to put together a wonderful, heart wrenching story.
My heart broke for Oakley. She just wants to be loved and seen but her father cares nothing for her. Her mother is a wonderful woman who is dealing with her own broken dreams and wants more for Oakley.
Antero is a wonderful hero and you will be rooting for him.
Overall a great story with a message of forgiveness and reconciliation .
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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.