THE QUEEN OF CHERRY VALE by JUDITH B. GLAD
Book I of the Behind the Ranges series.
When newly widowed Hattie Rommel chooses a second husband,
she doesn't expect him to fulfill her most secret dreams.
She just wants him to take her to Oregon. Emmet Lachlan
marries Hattie with the understanding that he will be free
to leave her behind, once she is safely in Oregon. He is a
wandering man, not a settling-down farmer. Then an old
trapper bequeaths them a map to a valley where gold lies on
the ground for the taking.
While Emmet and Hattie gather the gold, they also discover
each other. Even lost in love's magic, they both know it
cannot last. An attack by murderous renegades forces them
to flee across untamed mountains to the hidden valley
Hattie calls Cherry Vale. In the home she's always longed
for, Emmet discovers a peace he's never sought. But they
soon must resume their interrupted journey. Can Hattie
leave the only place that's ever felt like home? And if she
does, will Emmet give up looking for what's on the far side
of the hill?
Also available in trade paperback (ISBN 1587491621),
published January 2002.
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