Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

This is a wonderful tale, full of action, emotion and a bit mystical at times. Enjoy this one.

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The Talisman by Christine Young

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This is a wonderful tale, full of action, emotion and a bit mystical at times. Enjoy this one.

 

Maura
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More 4 Cups

 

 

 

Blurb:

The Talisman

 

Running from a marriage that lasted one night, Dr. Moriah McKeown discovers the land she has settled on is coveted by determined and lawless men. Yet the proud young woman who once vowed never to abandon her home has second thoughts when her adopted children are threatened. Her only recourse is to enlist the aid of a dark, dangerous gun for hire.

 

Haunted by the past and a betrayal he will never forgive, Ian Civanovich uses his fast gun and his reckless courage to forget the faithlessness of a woman in his past. He will trust no female–nor will he rest until the threat hovering over Moriah McKeown is put to rest.

 

 

Buffalo Creek,

South Dakota

1895

 

Hot, dry air scorched the prairie grass. Sweat slid along his spine. Danger clung to every whisper; seemed to swirl and grow with each passing second. Ivan Civanovich watched the woman below. With deadly purpose, he studied the lady who had hired him–the woman who had bought his gun and perhaps death.

“Reckless courage,” Ivan mused.

“Si Senor, she does have what you call a great courage, but I don’t know about the reckless part. She is always so very careful,” Pedro said.

“I’m a dangerous man, Pedro.”

“This is why she hired you.”

“The lady has no business hiring men like me. She’s a woman. She is supposed to nurture lives.”

“She needs you to keep the bad men from taking the land away–our home,” Pedro said.

Ivan pushed the tip of his hat back from his brows. From his vantage point, he considered the woman while she hung the freshly laundered white sheets on the line. A strange shudder swept through him, his muscles tensing with the sudden feeling he knew this woman, had known her forever. The sensations were too strong, the feelings too acute, and it troubled him because knowing her was impossible.

Her hair, a wild mop of red curls, battled with the stiff, hot wind rising off the prairie. The breeze and her hair flowed in undulating currents between the lines, threatening to tangle themselves in the wire. She bent over at the waist, giving him a perfect view of her backside while she toyed with something on the ground. Seconds later she picked up the object of her curiosity, turned it over in her hands then tossed it aside.

He didn’t like to think about what could happen to her in the next few weeks. She’d advertised for a gun for a hire. She didn’t know what she bargained for, and he’d bet his inheritance she didn’t have any idea what kind of trouble she’d purchased.

When she looked up the hill, his grin widened. She couldn’t see him, but her shoulders tensed and she sucked air. Her hand touched her forehead, shielding her eyes from the blinding sunlight. She scanned the horizon, turning a complete circle before she stopped.

“Good,” he said, “she is cautious.”

“She knows someone is up here,” Pedro announced.

“She’s got more starch in her drawers and the stiffest backbone of any woman I’ve ever seen.” Ivan whistled through his teeth, his eyes intent and focused upon the woman.

“Si.” Pedro agreed. “She sure enough does but her heart is made of spun gold.”

Ivan wiped the back of his hand across his forehead. Beads of sweat dripped down his back. His gaze swept across the barren landscape then followed the line of trees that bordered the creek. He lifted the glasses to his eyes and turned his attention to a spot about a mile north of her ranch. The railroad wanted easement rights. So why wouldn’t she sell to them. “Spun gold, huh.” He dropped the binoculars, letting them dangle from their strap around his neck.

“Si, boss.”

“I see.” Ivan leaned forward, resting his forearm on the saddle horn.

Ivan wasn’t sure he understood. Women had a lot of fine qualities, many of which he didn’t want to live without but a soft, feminine heart shouldn’t be deciding life and death matters.

Spun gold. No, he’d never met a female with a heart of gold, spun or otherwise. He’d never known a woman who wouldn’t betray a man for a piece of gold. Save one, he amended, and his best friend had married her. Alexi Popov had his trials too. He had kidnapped Angela and spirited her away to his home in the Crimea. In the end though, he gave up his title, his land, and most of his wealth for Angela. He followed her back to America and married her.

 

 

 

This is a wonderful tale, full of action, emotion and a bit mystical at times. Enjoy this one.

 

Maura
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More 4 Cups

 

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