That Monroe Girl
Historical Western Romance
Cat Monroe arrives in Tombstone, Arizona, searching for her father and brothers, who left Virginia for the West right after the Civil War. With the help of newspaper reporter Jake Spencer, she finds her family and a whole peck of trouble.
She's falling for the newspaperman, but she discovers his family and hers are feuding over water rights. When her father finally accepts that she is his daughter, he wants to marry her off to a rich neighbor who has a dark past.
Scandal and murder are catching her in a snare. Who can she possibly trust in a town too tough to die?
The three stood to the side waiting for the Monroes to come out. Albert Monroe stalked toward them with a scowl. “What do you mean, bringing your women to church? Have you no shame?”
Anger clouded Daniel’s features. “As usual, you don’t know what you’re talking about, Pa. She claims to be your daughter, Catherine Monroe, and I believe her!”
Albert whirled on her. “You’re the one who came by last week with the Spencer boy?”
Cat opened and closed her mouth, then said, “Yes.”
“Lady, I don’t know what you’re trying to pull, but it won’t work. I sent you the letter to the hotel about my daughter.”
“But you’re wrong! I have proof.”
She handed him the tintype. “This is my mother, Lettie Monroe.” A folded paper came out of her reticule next. “Here’s my record of birth.”
He thrust them back at her. “Anyone could have gotten these.”
Daniel cut in. “Pa, she knew my middle name!”
Albert turned on him. “She could have gotten that where she got the picture and record.”
She tearfully retrieved the picture that had slipped to the ground. “I did! From my Uncle Leland and Aunt Camille. They raised me!”
“Then why did I get a letter from Camille telling me my daughter had died?”
Horror filled her soul. “I don’t know.”
He turned on his heel and strode to the carriage where his family was waiting for him. Cat tried to follow, but he was out of the lot before she could catch up. Tears blinded her as she ran toward the hotel. She heard a shout and ran into a solid body that grasped her shoulders. “Cat!”
Jake had her. “Let go of me! Why are you always where I am? Are you following me?” She wriggled to free herself.
“Catherine, did it occur to you that I might go to St. Paul’s, too?” He drew her to him.
She flailed with her arms and legs, but finally quieted and sobbed on his shoulder. “Why can’t he believe me?”
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Ilona Fridl was born in the Los Angeles area of Southern California, where she lived the first twenty-one years of her life. In high school and college, she took Journalism and Creative Writing. She moved with her family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she met her husband, Mark. They started a locksmithing business and raised a daughter to adulthood. All the while, she dreamed about being a writer, but she hated typewriters. In the nineties, they purchased their first computer, and she never looked back. With some articles and short stories under her belt, she started her first novel. The eighth book is just being released by The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and a student of AllWriters in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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