Greta Nilsson’s trip west to save her ailing little sister, Astrid, could not have gone more wrong. First, bandits hold up her stagecoach, stealing all her money. Then, upon arriving in Fairplay, Colorado, she learns the man she was betrothed to as a mail-order bride has died. Homeless, penniless, and jobless, Greta and her sister are worse off than when they started.
Wyatt McQuaid is struggling to get his new ranch up and running and is in town to purchase cattle when the mayor proposes the most unlikely of bargains. He’ll invest in a herd of cattle for Wyatt’s ranch if Wyatt agrees to help the town become more respectable by marrying and starting a family. And the mayor, who has promised to try to help Greta, has just the candidate in mind for Wyatt to marry.
A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund is the beginning of an amazing series. These characters amusing! I could not get enough of them. A young woman and her little sister leave for the West. Only their trip does not go as planned. So many things go wrong…including the things they were planned ahead of time. Being women and out West attracts trouble. Some you never want to go through while some are the kind you never expected but could handle. A cowboy is stuck and at a crossroads until an ultimatum is made. Marry and gain income to build his ranch or lose the income he needs. Both main characters were hesitant at first. Necessary and survival end up leaving them banding together. Love and hope prosper but only if they take the chance. I fell in love with this story. Jody Hedlund’s writing style is easy to love. The story flies by fast and the characters are the ones I want to see succeed in the end. Overall, this was beautifully written and a fun journey.