Published by Distractions Ink on Dec 11, 2010
Genres: Adult, Historical fiction, Romance
Format: eBook from Free Download
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After the death of her parents, Sage Willows had lovingly nurtured her younger sisters through childhood, seeing each one married and never resenting not finding herself a good man to settle down with. Yet, regret is different than resentment.
Still, Sage found as much joy as a lonely young woman could find as proprietress of Willow’s Boardinghouse – fining some fulfillment in the companionship of the four beloved widow-women boarding with her. But when the devilishly handsome Rebel Lee Mitchell appeared on the boardinghouse step, Sage’s contentment was lost forever. Dark, mysterious and secretly wounded, Reb Mitchell instantly captured Sage’s lonely heart. but the handsome cowboy, admired and coveted by every young, unmarried female in his path, seemed unobtainable to Sage Willows. How could a weathered, boardinghouse-proprietress resigned to spinsterhood ever hope to capture the attention os such a man? And without him, would Sage Willows simply sink deeper into bleak loneliness – tormented by the knowledge that the man of every woman’s dreams could never be hers?
This was a sweet, clean romance. I found Sage to be a bit too naive for my taste, but that’s fairly typical with historical style stories. I kept wanting her to grow up a little and believe in herself. She raised her younger sisters and runs a boarding house by herself. You’d think she’d understand that she is strong, but that is not the case.
Another issue I have with these stories, and Sage in particular is that her biggest desire is to get a husband and give him children. I am much too modern to see that as a worthwhile life goal. I point to her existing accomplishments with her sisters and business again. Obviously she doesn’t NEED someone to take care of her, and it slightly nauseates me to hear that landing a husband is what determines whether her life is accomplished or not.
That said, I did enjoy the characters in the story, other than Sage. The widows are particularly enjoyable. They are a mischeivous lot, and the scene where they act as grey-haired bandits is hilarious. That scene made the whole story a delight. I wouldn’t give it away with details, but it had me actually laughing out loud.
Overall, this is a fun story that features some memorable characters. If you don’t mind the stereotypical historical heroine, this story is quite enjoyable.