"A fun romantic historical romp"
In 1911 Beaumont, Texas, after Baron Oil heiress Evelyn
Thurgood-Baron disgraces her family, her father cut a deal
with rival William Hadly, owner of Texhoma Oil. Evelyn
will marry William's son Guy regardless of how either of
the heirs feels. Unable to cope with a loveless marriage,
Evelyn flees town as a maid to a Mrs. Smythe.
Luke Deveraux cannot understand how a person can fall
from grace so fast. He was recently a New Orleans police
officer like his father and three brothers. Now he sees
his picture on a wanted poster with a reward of four
thousands dead or alive in Texas. His only hope for proof
of his innocence lies with his former partner Henry Boyd
squirreled away in New Mexico. When Mrs. Smythe fails to
make the train due to her ailing canine, Luke buys her
ticket. When Luke meets her maid, he realizes he has no
choice but to allow Evelyn to accompany him so that she
cannot reveal his identity. As they travel together, they
fall in love while eluding the man her parents sent in
pursuit of her and while chasing down the man that can
prove his innocence.
THE RUNAWAY HEIRESS is a fun romantic historical romp
that will remind readers of It Happened One Night though
the novel thoroughly brings to life an era two decades
earlier than the classic movie. The story line is loaded
with action as the two lead protagonists escape one caper
only to land in the next escapade. Fans will enjoy StefAnn
Holm's unrestrained Americana fable.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 26, 2002