A valiant young woman haunted by abuse.
The empathic Irish immigrant determined to help her.
The tragic secret that stands between them.
Shunned by the village for her outlaw brother’s deeds, Jesse Travers is not sorry to hear he’s been killed while robbing a bank. Strangely enough it’s Adam Donovan, the man who shot him, who brings her the news.
Traumatized by years of abuse, Jesse doubts she can trust any man—especially not this one, an Irish immigrant with a volatile temper and a gunfighter’s reputation. But now she’s alone, and he’s offered to help put her bankrupt ranch back on solid footing. A profound love for her canyon home is stronger than her trepidation, and she accepts his assistance.
As they work together to improve her ranch, Jesse begins to see that Adam’s true nature is far removed from his reputation. She feels the first stirrings of love―an emotion she’s never known before. Then, as if to tell her she is unworthy of happiness, her past rises up with a vengeance and she is left with a terrible choice: retreat to a life of solitude and shame, or trust her heart and reveal her secret, in the hope that Adam is the man she believes him to be.
Deceptively simple and poetic, this heartfelt western historical romance will tug at your emotions, make you laugh, cry, and even get a little angry, as it handles difficult topics with a sensitive touch.
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I’m the author of historical fiction that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. My novels feature a family of Irish immigrants who settled in the Arizona Territory. The first novel in the series, WHISPERS IN THE CANYON, was released by Soul Mate Publishing in September, 2019.
Singing almost before I could talk, I’ve always loved folk music, whether it be Irish, Appalachian, or the songs of the cowboys. My love of the Old West goes back to childhood, when my father introduced me to the works of Zane Grey. Later I became interested in the Irish diaspora, realizing my ancestors must have lived through An Gorta Mor, the Great Irish Potato Famine of the mid-1800s. Writing allows me to combine my three great interests into a series of family stories, each including romance, traditional song lyrics, and a dash of Celtic mysticism.
I’m a member of the Historical Novel Society, Western Writers of America, and an #OwnVoices writer. A self-professed grammar nerd who still loves diagramming sentences, I currently live in Pennsylvania with my husband Richard, the Pied Piper of stray cats. As an avid gardener, I cultivate pollinator plants, and grow tomatoes (not enough) and zucchini (too much). I also collects art glass and bird figurines.