In this western historical romance, heiress Ella Davenport has survived a carriage accident that killed her father. Her life was saved in exchange for savage scars marring her beautiful face. Her socialite friends showed their true colors, casting Ella aside like damaged goods and leaving her a social pariah. Even her wealth can't buy her the kind of marriage she wants. Desperate to find a husband who can accept her despite her scars without knowing about her money, she seeks to become a mail order bride. Matchmaker & Co. is her one chance to start over and leave the pain and betrayal far behind her.
Nathan Ravenclaw was run out of town by the father of the girl he was courting once he discovered Nathan's Arapaho heritage. It didn't matter that Nathan was a successful rancher, businessman, and a positive member of society. The white community suddenly saw only a half-breed. Even his money couldn't buy him a wife. That was 10 years ago. He moved and rebuilt everything that cold rancher once took from him. He has it all...except a wife. Matchmaker & Company promises to send him a woman willing to start a new life with him. But Nathan's battered heart lacks the ability to trust. He longs for children, not romance. His new bride, scarred and cast aside like himself, promises to be perfect for him. Then he meets her. Fierce desire, and an even more dangerous hope, roar back to life within him. Those are two things he swore never to indulge in again.
And love? For these two battered souls, that's the biggest risk of all.
©2013 Cynthia Woolf (P)2015 Cynthia Woolf
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Although there was more detailed adult content than I prefer, it was a good story. Cynthia Woolf writes a good complete short story with all the elements that make a good book. (not an easy thing to do) From East to West two people, made misfits by the societies they live in, find each other. If they can just live long enough to enjoy their lives together, with a killer stalking the heroine, Ella Davenport, and wanting her new husband dead, as well.
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