Letters and Lies by Colleen L. Donnelly is a Shake Off Winter Doldrums pick #historicalromance



Title: Letters and Lies


Author: Colleen L Donnelly


Genre: Historical Romance, Western


Book Blurb:


Louise Archer boards a westbound train in St. Louis to find the Kansas homesteader who wooed and proposed to her by correspondence, then jilted her by telegram – Don't come, I can't marry you. Giving a false name to hide her humiliation, her lie backfires when a marshal interferes and offers her his seat.


Marshal Everett McCloud intends to verify the woman coming to marry his homesteading friend is suitable. At the St. Louis train station, his plan detours when he offers his seat to a captivating woman whose name thankfully isn't Louise Archer.


Everett's plans thwart hers, until he begins to resemble the man she came west to find, and she the woman meant to marry his friend.


Excerpt:


“He wrote and changed your plans? Why didn’t you tell me? You know I love hearing his letters.”


Everyone loved hearing his letters. Or at least they’d pretended to. I glanced at my friends, especially the one who’d first suggested I correspond with her husband’s homesteading friend in Kansas who was ready to look for a wife. She dabbed at her eyes with a handkerchief while she flicked the fingers of her other hand in a weak wave. I dredged my soul in search of a smile. The man she’d introduced me to truly had penned everything I’d ever wanted in a husband, months of letters which convinced Mama Jim was my open door. Letters I’d foolishly carted from family to friend to blather every word like a desperate spinster. Drat.


“He didn’t send his change of plans in a letter, Mama. He sent them in a telegram.” Don’t come, I can’t marry you. The only words I never shared.


“Well I imagine your Jim has a surprise for you and didn’t have time to send a letter before you left for Crooked Creek. How thoughtful to wire you instead.”


Thoughtful…I felt poisoned and Mama would too if she ever found out Jim had shut my open door. Which she wouldn’t, since as soon as I got out there and found him, I’d wedge it back open again.


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What’s your favorite activity to shake off the winter doldrums?


Did you know deer shed their antlers in the winter and spring? Cold as it gets, I love hiking through woods and dormant fields in search of these treasures.


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For a laugh and to shake off the cold as fiery spinster Louise Archer heads west to get her man.


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Author Biography:


Born and raised in the Midwest, Colleen L Donnelly studied and worked in science, using that career to move around and explore other parts of the country. An avid fan of literature, both reading and writing, she loves tales involving moral dilemmas and the choices people come up against. A lover of the outdoors as well as a comfy living room, Colleen is always searching inside and out for the next good story.


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