Isabel’s Independence

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Trapped by duty and older brothers undermining her for too many years, Isabel Piper yearns to leave drudgery behind and become a modern woman, befitting of 1893. She wants freedom, and independence. With more determination than actual familiarity of how to do it, she heads off to start a new life in a western railroad town of Overton, Colorado. Unprepared by her eastern upbringing, she finds western men crude, and bossy. Determined that she will not be discouraged or tolerate interference of her plans, she forges ahead until she meets the one man that will not get out of her way.

After only one look at a pretty, green-eyed, redhead who flattened a man with an iron skillet, Deputy Hutch was captivated. He had a good idea what his perfect woman was supposed to be like, but the gal he’d decided on didn’t seem to want to fit into his plans. She didn’t particularly want anything to do with him. He’d have to find a way to bring her around, but that wasn’t going to easy if he kept having to warm her backside trying to keep her out of mischief.
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Prologue

Chambersburg, PA, 1893

Isabel Piper sat at her mother’s small writing desk, an old shawl wrapped around her shoulders. Since she wrote nearly every day of her life, she was always either beginning a story or finishing one. This was her quiet time. For two hours, she would not be disturbed. It was not time for chores or housekeeping. This was Isabel’s time to ride like the wind on the back of a fast, black horse, or to take a rowboat out into the sea to fish. It was her time to be naughty, to sneak away and meet a boy for a secret kiss, or to solve a mystery as a fifteen-year-old boy. She could be whoever she wanted to be. She could explore new lands, pick a fight, or even kiss a boy in public, as long as she only did it on paper.

Sometimes, she wished her life were more exciting. Sometimes, she wondered if anything would ever change. She knew she shouldn’t yearn for more, but she did. Deep inside, she wanted more.

Two hours later, Isabel put away her story, tidied up her desk and set about getting herself ready to face another tedious day of monotony. She twisted her thick, auburn- colored hair into a chignon and brushed at the fringe that covered her forehead. She had been in one of what her brothers called her stubborn moods, when she had cut her hair. She didn’t care that they had been shocked. It was her hair ? not theirs. She thought it was new and modern. Isabel knew she was pretty, but she wasn’t a delicate woman. She hadn’t stopped growing until she was five-feet seven-inches tall, taller than most of the women she knew, and she needed very little corset foundation to achieve her hour-glass figure because she was blessed with full bosoms and a small waist. However, Isabel didn’t consider her bosoms a blessing. They got in her way, and she wished they were smaller. Isabel had taken after her mother, so there wasn’t anything she could do about it. When she’d first started developing at twelve, her mother had made her bind her bosoms because they drew unwanted attention from men, and she had been too young for that. She had finally grown into them, and now they weren’t quite so obvious.

She’d been old enough to court for several years, and she’d had a few offers, although not recently. She had turned down those early offers for one reason or another, mostly because she felt her duty was to finish raising her younger brothers. She hoped to marry at some point, and she wanted children. She simply didn’t know when she would feel the need for it. She had only recently turned twenty-one and didn’t feel a pressing need for a husband. She had a few years left before old maid status would be a concern.

Isabel headed down to the kitchen to fix breakfast for her family. She didn’t work? at least as far as her brothers were concerned. For the past five years, she had kept house for her four brothers, two older and two younger. She had been seventeen when they had lost their parents to an epidemic of influenza. Her eldest brother, Frank, had stepped up to assume the position as head of the family. Isabel, the only daughter, had taken over mothering her younger brothers and the responsibility of running their home.

She doubted that her older brothers, Frank, at age twenty-nine and Reuben, at? twenty-seven, noticed much of anything she did as long as food was on the table when they expected it and their clothing appeared in their closets – cleaned and pressed. Edward and Thomas, her younger brothers, never noticed the squalor that boys created.

Isabel was responsible for keeping the household in order. She cooked their meals, cleaned their clothes and kept the house clean. For the most part, she didn’t mind. Once her chores were completed, she had a little bit of time to write, and to work on her pen and ink pictures, but that was her secret.

Occasionally, Isabel had time to visit friends. Once a week, even in the harshest of winter weather, she faithfully walked the mile and a half to visit her Great Aunt Winifred Baxter. She considered Aunt Winifred to be her best friend. Isabel took her finished stories to her beloved aunt to read because she was the only person who understood what Isabel confided to her. Aunt Winifred was the only person she trusted not to make fun of her because she loved to write.

It was that very morning at breakfast that Frank had made a statement that profoundly changed Isabel’s life. He cleared his throat and stated, "While I have you here all together, I want to make an announcement."

Everyone looked up and waited expectantly.

Frank cleared his throat again. "I have decided that it is time for me to marry. I have presented my case, and Hortensia Griswell has accepted my marriage proposal. Our wedding will be in four months. Hortensia has not decided on all the details yet."

Reuben looked across the table at his sister and frowned. The younger boys made faces, since each of them had suffered a year as students under Hortensia Griswell’s tutelage.

Isabel dropped her fork with a loud clatter onto her plate.

Frank looked annoyed. "Is this how my family reacts to good news?"

"Congratulations," Reuben said without a reflection that the news either pleased or displeased him.

"Or, condolences," Thomas whispered to his closest brother Edward.

Frank turned to his sister. "Isabel, do you have something to say?"

Isabel smiled or rather tried to force a smile. "Congratulations, Frank."

Frank looked at her in a stern manner. "Hortensia has told me of your ridiculous schoolyard feud, Isabel. I would have expected better from my sister. It will cease now, and I will expect you to treat Hortensia in a loving and respectful manner as she is to be my wife and your sister."

Isabel straightened up, her temper flashing. "I was not the one that perpetuated that behavior, brother. Hortensia was the bully of the schoolyard, not I. If she is your choice, I will treat her with the exact same respect or lack of respect as she treats me."

"As I said, I expect better from my sister. I will be bringing Hortensia here for dinner tonight. I expect everyone to be present and I expect you to prepare a suitable meal for a celebration."

"Tonight’s meal is corn beef, cabbage and potatoes. If you want something different, than I suggest you stop by the butcher shop and the green grocers, and purchase what you would like me to serve," Isabel said quietly.

"You are given an allowance to pay for food," Frank exclaimed.

"Which never seems to stretch far enough to feed five," Isabel snapped back. "I do the best with what I am given. If you think you can do better, please try to do so yourself."

"It is not my job to spend my time at butcher shops and grocers. I would think you could come up with something better."

"Not without extra money to put forth and prepare for a meal," Isabel insisted.

Frank was furious. The man held onto a nickel until the Indian jumped off the back and rode the buffalo on the front. He pulled a silver dollar out of his pocket and slapped it down by her plate. "For that I expect a decent roast and a dessert. You will also apologize to Hortensia for your past behavior."

"For this, you’ll get the roast and a dessert, but Hortensia will apologize to me first or she will not dine on food that I have cooked, or eat at my table," Isabel retorted.

* * * * *

Isabel was having a reasonably good morning, which of late was very hard to come by. It had been several weeks since that disastrous first meal with Hortensia, which had been followed by many more, equally disastrous. Isabel tried to enjoy the mild spring day after so many months of cold snow and rain. She was also happy since she was going to spend the day with her Aunt Winifred ? Hortensia and Frank be damned!

"Isabel, my darling," Aunt Winifred greeted her niece with a joyful hug. "Come in, come in. I’ve put some water on for tea and it’s wonderful that you arrived in time to share it with me."

Isabel handed her aunt a basket. "With blueberry muffins, made from my very last jar that I put up last summer. I also have five new stories."

"Goodness, this is a treat. Do we sit in the sunroom or shall we chance our luck and sit in the patio garden?" Winifred asked, beaming as she led the way into her kitchen.

"Let’s take a chance and sit out on the patio. The spring sun feels wonderful," Isabel exclaimed.

Winifred Baxter watched her only niece as she smiled and talked about her Sunday school class and the luncheon that she’d attended celebrating an old school friend’s return to town. Isabel smiled and laughed, but there was no joy in her eyes. Something was bothering her.

"What has you distressed, child?’ Winifred asked.

"Nothing important," Isabel said turning her head.

"If it were nothing, you would not be crying."

Isabel dashed the tears away. "I shouldn’t complain."

Winifred got up from her chair and resettled in the chair next to her niece. "Tell me. You and I, we don’t keep secrets."

"Aunt Winifred, I know I shouldn’t ask this of you," Isabel said. She took a deep breath. "May I come to live with you?"

"Of course, I would be delighted, but what has brought this on, child?"

Isabel took a deep breath. "Hortensia Griswell. As you know, she and Frank are to be married. She is making my life a misery."

"What is Frank doing about this?" Winifred demanded.

"Frank seems to be besotted by Hortensia. If I complain, he insists that I apologize because Hortensia is perfect!" Isabel stood up and walked across the patio, kicking old fallen leaves out of her path. "She is forcing me out of my home. I have her at my dinner table at least four times a week and she has never once offered to carry a dish to the sink, let alone help with the dishes. A couple of weeks ago, her soiled clothing appeared in our laundry. Frank said, since I don’t work and she does, that I should help by washing and ironing her clothes. Two weeks ago, Frank had me move out of our parents’ room and back into the smaller bedroom of my childhood. He and Hortensia would occupy the larger bedroom after they married. This week, he told me that Hortensia has said she needs an extra area to work at home, and Frank thinks my small bedroom would suffice for that purpose."

"And where, pray tell, are you supposed to sleep?" Winifred demanded.

"In the room over the kitchen," Isabel answered.

"The servants’ room?" Winifred questioned, quite shocked.

Isabel faced her Aunt and swallowed. "Yes. Hortensia has displaced me from my home. As far as she is concerned, I am a servant. That is not the worst. Last night, Hortensia’s older brother, Buford, came to dinner. Frank announced at the dinner table that Buford had asked permission to court me, and that he approved and thought it a fine idea. Frank announced that it was time I took a husband and that he thought Buford would be a good choice. He seemed quite proud of himself, although he had not said a single word to me about the matter."

"Goodness, how rude! What did you do?"

Tears flowed down Isabel cheeks. "I said thank you for the offer, but I respectfully decline as I have no interest in being courted by him. Frank was furious. He said I was being disrespectful and he would have none of it. He banished me to my room like a child. I don’t care though because Frank cannot force me to have anything to do with that man. Buford is rude and obnoxious. He’s the kind of man that never really looks at me. He only looks as far as my bosoms! He is more horrible than his sister, if that is possible.

May I please come and live with you Aunt Winifred? I have no idea how I will pay you for my board. I have my teaching certificate, but I never used it because of Momma and Poppa passing. I will try to find a job, so I will not be a burden to you, I promise."

Winifred Baxter went to her niece and hugged her. "Come inside the house child, it is high time we had a long talk."

* * * * *

Isabel sat in her Aunt’s front porch swing, at peace and humming to herself as she worked on a needlepoint sampler. She hadn’t had time for needlepoint before; now she was enjoying it. So much had happened in only one week. Her mind was reeling from surprises and secrets. Aunt Winifred had said they did not keep secrets. Isabel didn’t. Aunt Winifred, on the other hand, had quite a few. Now she had secrets, too. Isabel was a changed person. She was going to be a modern woman, a woman of independence with a career, with opinions and the nerve to speak them, of this she was quite determined.

She heard Reuben’s footsteps on the sidewalk before she saw him come from behind the blooming forsythia bushes. Reuben was the peacemaker of the family. He was the first to come to her, and she’d been gone eight days.

"Good evening, sister," Reuben said, standing at the foot of the steps waiting to be invited to join her.

"Good evening, brother," Isabel said with grace. "Come, rest yourself."

Reuben sat, looking uneasy, but she offered no easement of his discomfort.

"How are you?"

"I’m enjoying myself," Isabel said. "How are you?"

"Miserable. Isabel, when are you going to get over being in a snit, or whatever is going on, and come home?" Reuben asked.

"I’m not coming back."

Reuben looked surprised. "What do you mean you’re not coming back? You have to come home."

"Why?" Isabel asked.

"What kind of a question is that? Because you belong with us, you belong at home." Reuben looked puzzled. "You’re my sister. I love you and I miss you. We all miss you."

Isabel took a slow sip from her glass of lemonade. "Do you miss me, Reuben? Or do you miss the meals I cooked, and the picking up, and the cleaning that I did? Do you miss that I did all the shopping and the laundry? That the beds were made and the newspapers picked up from where you dropped them on the floor every evening? What exactly do you miss, Reuben? If you want someone to cook, hire someone. If you want someone to clean up after you, hire someone.

"I am no longer available for those duties. I have worked and served my brothers for five long years, and I have become a servant to my family. I have been told with great regularity that I don’t work. Isabel, do this ? you have time ? you don’t work. Isabel, do that ? you have time ? you don’t work. We don’t ask much of you, Isabel, after all, you don’t work. Not a single one of my brothers places any value on what I have done for them, or the five years of my life I have given to them."

"That wasn’t me. That was Frank," Reuben complained.

"Yes, it was you, too," Isabel, responded. "Maybe not as much, but it was all of you. Go home, Reuben. Learn to cook and learn to clean. It is not my responsibility or duty any longer. I love you as my brother, but I’m not going to be the family’s unpaid servant any longer. I don’t quite know where my place is, but I do know that it’s not in the house where I’ve spent my life, nor is it with brothers who do not appreciate or value what I have done for them." Isabel stood and went into the house, shutting the door on her shocked brother.

"Frank will be next," Isabel said to Aunt Winifred. "He will be livid that he has to take his precious time to do what Reuben wasn’t able to accomplish."

Aunt Winifred gave her niece a hard, stern look. "Are you up to dealing with Frank? Nephew or not, I will order him off my property."

Isabel clasped her hands together anxiously. "I won’t deny that a part of me feels guilty, but a bigger part of me is just plain angry. What Frank has done is wrong, and I am the one that he has wronged. Mr. Hastings at the bank said it would take a week to complete the paperwork. Once that is done, it will be too late for Frank to do anything about it, and I will know the truth. Aunt Winifred, I feel quite strong and determined, and I am not going to allow Frank to stop me. "

"Good girl," Aunt Winifred said with approval.

* * * * *

Isabel put down her pencil and tablet, and sat looking out the train window as the scenery sped by at fifty-five miles per hour. It was beyond her imagination that they were moving so fast. This was her third day of the trip, but it was the first day she’d been able to look out the windows without getting a bit dizzy and ill from the outside landscape moving by so fast. Shortening the time to get from one place to another was the miracle of modern industrial times, and the train conductor had informed her of that very fact. She was on her first trip anywhere. It would take the transcontinental railroad a total of five days to cross the country to her destination of Overton, Colorado, where she was going to start a new life and find a new place to call home.

Isabel still couldn’t believe that she, timid as she was, had created a scandal. She had almost cost her brother Frank his job, and she had righted a wrong.

Isabel was still amazed that she had learned so much from a simple conversation with her Great Aunt Winifred. Information that was kept from her at seventeen when her parents had died and what had not been explained to her when she had turned twenty-one was not simply oversight ? it was deception and a betrayal of a family trust.

Frank had failed to explain that the family home, which had come from their mother’s side of the family, was Isabel’s inheritance and hers alone. The boys had each inherited a share of the very large farm and orchard from their father’s side of the family. That was not all that had been kept from her. The monetary inheritance from their parents was to have been divided equally among the five surviving children, and it had been a substantial sum. As three of the children had been underage at the time of their parents’ death, Frank was named the trustee of their accounts, but he had made a conscious effort not to inform any of his siblings of their full inheritances.

After her long talk with Isabel, Aunt Winifred had realized the scope of Frank’s duplicity, and she had escorted Isabel to the Chambersburg Bank and Trust. Under her guidance, Isabel had requested a full audit of her inheritance account. Frank, in the position of Assistant Manager at the bank, had soon found out about the audit and stormed into his Aunt’s home demanding that Isabel cease such actions. Isabel had refused. She discovered from the audit that Frank had been withdrawing a sum of one thousand dollars from her inheritance each year since she’d turned eighteen. That was as much as Frank’s yearly earnings. He had never informed her of her inheritance or his withdrawals. Nor had he ever given her any part of the funds. The hard truth was – Frank was a thief.

Frank had claimed he had used the money for repairs on the house, which, as her property, was her responsibility to maintain. He had claimed that he had not informed her of her inheritance because she was not equipped to understand the complexities of finance.

Aunt Winifred had listened to his excuses and had faced him down with righteous indignation. There had been no substantial repairs to the house. Reuben, who was handy with tools, did most of the repairs.

The result of the entire short-lived scandal was that Frank returned the money. He was demoted from his position as Assistant Manager to the position of a teller for misusing his position in the bank. Isabel had closed her account at that bank.

Reuben, Edward and Thomas had also been denied the full truth of their inheritances. They knew of the existence of some monetary trusts, but not of their property inheritance of the farm and orchard. Reuben had demanded complete disclosure for himself and his younger brothers after discovering that Frank had stolen from their sister. Reuben then forced his older brother to turn his trusteeship of the two younger boys over to the family attorney until Edward and Thomas became of age.

Isabel decided not to return to her home, even though she now knew it was her property. She liked living with her Aunt Winifred. For the first time in years, she was free of chores and housework since Aunt Winifred had live-in servants. She did sit down with her brothers and tell them that if they wanted to remain in the house, a nominal rent would have to be paid. Frank became livid at the idea of paying to live in what he considered his home. In a fit of anger, he had moved to the farmhouse, displacing the tenant and claiming he would be taking over the property.

The Piper family was turned upside down and Frank had been involved in a scandal at the bank. Everything that happened was too traumatic for Hortensia. She had no wish to live in the country. Nor did she wish to be affianced to a man with a tarnished reputation and considerably less endowed with wealth than she had believed. She returned Frank’s ring and cancelled the wedding.

Stunned by Frank’s behavior, Reuben, Edward and Thomas had apologized. They hadn’t known that Frank was stealing from their sister. They also apologized for not appreciating her more. Isabel felt her brothers were sincere and she was quick to forgive, but she still refused to return home. The three remaining brothers agreed among themselves that the house was too big for them to handle without help. They decided to relocate to boarding houses. A small part of Isabel felt vindicated. Yet, another not so small part of her was still left feeling unappreciated since they had never once considered all she done for them for so many years.

Isabel gave a sigh. So much had changed so fast. She looked down at her pad of paper and smiled. With what her parents had left her, she would be able to live quite comfortably for many years without concerning herself about earning a living. However, the very best news of all was that she was already earning a living, and she hadn’t known anything about it.

Her beloved Aunt Winifred had sat her down, once again, and explained that she, Isabel Grace Piper, was a published author. Aunt Winifred was selling her stories for money and many of them had been published in magazines.

Aunt Winifred explained that she’d been sending Isabel’s stories off to magazine publishers for years. She’d taken her niece upstairs to a room she kept locked and shown her magazine after magazine with Isabel’s stories printed. Sometimes, they were even illustrated by the very drawings that Isabel had made inside the pages that she delivered to her Aunt. They were her stories, but they didn’t carry her given name as the author. Aunt Winifred explained that it was a common practice to write under a pen name or non de plume. Aunt Winifred had done this for her ? had made her an author.

"Why didn’t you tell me?" Isabel asked.

Aunt Winifred gave a long sigh. "Because you didn’t believe you were good enough, child. I tried to make you believe your stories were good, but you wouldn’t. I was also afraid that Frank would stop you, if he knew, and belittle your work to keep you under his thumb. Frank is my nephew, but a bastard is a bastard."

"Aunt Winifred!" Isabel exclaimed in shock.

"The truth is the truth, child. I have watched for years as he has kept you under his thumb. Your parents were quite well off and left more than enough for Frank to have hired a housekeeper and allowed you to spread your wings, to teach, or do whatever you wanted. Instead, he made you doubt yourself, and I wondered if you would ever realize your true potential. You are a beautiful girl, Isabel, but you haven’t had a chance to live. I offered to take you abroad to broaden your outlook, but Frank would not even allow me to speak of it in front of you. He went so far as to threaten not to allow you to see me. As long as he was your guardian and the head of your house, I did not have the right to oppose his views. Now, as an adult, you may do anything you wish. You have a career. You are a published writer. You actually write under five different names and publish in seven different magazines. Rarely is there a month that goes by that you do not have a story in one or more of these magazines. Now I will turn the information over to you, and you may take the reins of your career into your capable hands."

"Aunt Winifred, I don’t know how," Isabel wailed in dismay, somewhat frightened.

"Nonsense, you are already an established writer. You write the stories. The rest is easy, and I will teach you. Tomorrow, I will take you to meet Mr. Milo Gibbons, who is an old friend of mine and the President of Chambersburg Farmers Bank and Trust. I have been banking there since my first husband was alive. You have a rather large account there in your own name. The money I received from selling your stories has been deposited there for many years, and you need to deposit the bank draft from the closure of your other account. Between your inheritance and your earnings, you are quite a wealthy woman, Isabel. In addition, you will inherit my estate."

"Oh no," Isabel had exclaimed. "Aunt Winifred, you’ve done so much for me already."

"Who would I leave it to, if not you," Winifred demanded. "I have no children. You will inherit the bulk of my estate. I have made provisions for your brothers, for my servants, and for my church. I’m seventy-six years old, child, and my affairs are in order. Now, we must see to it that your affairs are in order, as well. You have taken your first steps into adulthood and independence. You are a woman of substance, now, both in mind and finances. Tomorrow, we are going to outfit you as a professional, accomplished woman."

"Aunt Winfred, the best day of my life was the day I came to visit you several weeks ago. However, I am worried about Frank. He is blaming us for his misfortunes. He doesn’t believe he has done anything wrong. Even Reuben said that Frank is not behaving rationally."

"Oh, poor pitiful Frank," Aunt Winifred snorted. "If he hadn’t been acting like the back end of a jackass, none of this would have happened. You reap what you sow in this life, my child, and he has received his just rewards. I have not removed him from my will, yet, but if he doesn’t straighten up soon, I may do so. He may intimidate you, dear, but you are going to have to learn to stand up for yourself!

"Oh, my darling! I have just had the most marvelous idea. How would you like to go away, Isabel? You can leave this town behind, along with Frank and all his petty grievances. Yes, this is the perfect idea. You will go where no one knows of you or your family. It will be your chance to start over, to become strong, assertive and independent. I’m going to send you west, child, and you will be in charge of your destiny. You are going to Overton, Colorado."

Chapter 1

Overton, Colorado April 1893

Isabel Piper stepped off the train and onto the wooden platform at the Overton, Colorado train station, and into a miserable storm. The umbrella she tried to put up did little good. The wind was blowing so hard that it seemed to be coming from all directions at once, and she was soon soaked to the skin. Peering through the rain, she could barely see the doorway of the station, but ran toward it. Suddenly, without warning, she was hauled off her feet and flung over a man’s shoulder.

"About time you got here," a man shouted, striding off through the rain and the mud.

Isabel screamed. "Put me down! How dare you? Put me down! Help!"

Either the man didn’t care or he couldn’t hear because, at that moment, there was a loud boom and a strike of lightning so close that sparks shot into the air from whatever it had struck.

Isabel screamed from the fright of the storm and from being manhandled. She tried to kick, but her long narrow skirt kept her legs bound together. "Help! Help! Put me down you brute!"

The man slogged across a muddy road and jumped up onto a raised sidewalk. He ignored her screaming and kicking, took her through the doorway of a store, and set her on her feet.

"Theo, she’s?"

Isabel picked up the nearest thing she could lay her hands on and swung it at the man’s head. He crumbled to the floor with the sound of a loud thunk while she stood with an iron skillet gripped in both hands. She backed up against the wall ready to defend herself.

"Whoa!" exclaimed a young man in a clerk’s apron. "What’d ya do that for?" He ran over and knelt down beside her attacker. "You knocked him a good one."

"That beast attacked me!" Isabel exclaimed. "

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44 reviews for Isabel’s Independence

  1. angel

    This is a Awesome story well written with a great plot Lots of romance action and suspense If you like your romance with a bit of action and spice This is a must read The Hero is strong and loving able to help his women and hold her The heroin is sweet angel and a feisty brat There is action on every page

  2. angel

    This is a Awesome story well written with a great plot Lots of romance action and suspense If you like your romance with a bit of action and spice This is a must read The Hero is strong and loving able to help his women and hold her The heroin is sweet angel and a feisty brat There is action on every page

  3. SH

    If you enjoy a nice long book, then pull up a chair and enjoy!! What a fantastic book this is, seriously. You have everything you could possibly want, a feisty heroine, an alpha hero, danger, suspense, humor, romance, a true plot with a ton of detail and a tremendously well written story. Quit reading here and buy the book, you will miss out if you don\’t!

  4. SH

    If you enjoy a nice long book, then pull up a chair and enjoy!! What a fantastic book this is, seriously. You have everything you could possibly want, a feisty heroine, an alpha hero, danger, suspense, humor, romance, a true plot with a ton of detail and a tremendously well written story. Quit reading here and buy the book, you will miss out if you don’t!

  5. Marybeth

    I loved this book! First of all, it is book length, not a novella. Second, there is a strong female main character who knows her worth and a male character that is strong enough to not care that his woman has more money than he has. Third, this is a book with a wonderful plot. If I could give it 10 stars I would! I stayed up all night because I couldn’t stop reading, I saw the sun rise!
    OK, on to the review. This story is primarily about Isabel. She has been working as an unpaid servant for her brothers when she finally gets fed up and asks her Aunt Winifred if she can move in with her. Isabel has been visiting Winifred for years and sharing the stories that she has been putting on paper. Unknown to Isabel, Winifred has been selling them to magazines and has put all proceeds in account for her. Winifred recommends that she move out west to live in a house that she has inherited from a distant cousin. Isabel didn’t know that the cousin was very wealthy and owned most of the businesses in the town. While she is there, she meets the sheriff, Deputy Bill Hutchison. Deputy Hutch gets off to a bad start with Isabel by spanking her when she didn’t deserve it and then kissing her in front of the town gossip. But, he apologizes (I know, when does that happen?) and asks to court her. Isabel stands up to the misogynist men in the town and states what she is going to do and does it. She rescues Sarah and helps her find herself. Hutch defers to her in matters of her inheritance and her work. But, in matters of her safety, Isabel defers to Hutch, or her bottom pays for it.

    I really enjoyed this story. I hope that Ms. Starr continues on with Hutch and Isabel’s story and also Sarah and Ben’s. I would love to read about it!

  6. Marybeth

    I loved this book! First of all, it is book length, not a novella. Second, there is a strong female main character who knows her worth and a male character that is strong enough to not care that his woman has more money than he has. Third, this is a book with a wonderful plot. If I could give it 10 stars I would! I stayed up all night because I couldn??t stop reading, I saw the sun rise!
    OK, on to the review. This story is primarily about Isabel. She has been working as an unpaid servant for her brothers when she finally gets fed up and asks her Aunt Winifred if she can move in with her. Isabel has been visiting Winifred for years and sharing the stories that she has been putting on paper. Unknown to Isabel, Winifred has been selling them to magazines and has put all proceeds in account for her. Winifred recommends that she move out west to live in a house that she has inherited from a distant cousin. Isabel didn??t know that the cousin was very wealthy and owned most of the businesses in the town. While she is there, she meets the sheriff, Deputy Bill Hutchison. Deputy Hutch gets off to a bad start with Isabel by spanking her when she didn??t deserve it and then kissing her in front of the town gossip. But, he apologizes (I know, when does that happen?) and asks to court her. Isabel stands up to the misogynist men in the town and states what she is going to do and does it. She rescues Sarah and helps her find herself. Hutch defers to her in matters of her inheritance and her work. But, in matters of her safety, Isabel defers to Hutch, or her bottom pays for it.

    I really enjoyed this story. I hope that Ms. Starr continues on with Hutch and Isabel??s story and also Sarah and Ben??s. I would love to read about it!

  7. Joanne (verified owner)

    Loved it. It gives you a good laugh

  8. Joanne (verified owner)

    Loved it. It gives you a good laugh

  9. Laurel Lasky (verified owner)

    This was a terrific book, the key word book. Not a short story but a full lengthy novel. It had wonderful characters that you love and a great story line. Deputy Bill Hutch was a strong alpha man who could be understanding but would spank Isabel when needed. Isabel was a strong, feisty woman that believed in women\’s rights and wasn\’t afraid to voice her opinion which got her into trouble. Her adopted little sister, Sarah and her beau Ben were also wonderful characters and I hope there is another story about them. Awesome read.

  10. Laurel Lasky (verified owner)

    This was a terrific book, the key word book. Not a short story but a full lengthy novel. It had wonderful characters that you love and a great story line. Deputy Bill Hutch was a strong alpha man who could be understanding but would spank Isabel when needed. Isabel was a strong, feisty woman that believed in women’s rights and wasn’t afraid to voice her opinion which got her into trouble. Her adopted little sister, Sarah and her beau Ben were also wonderful characters and I hope there is another story about them. Awesome read.

  11. Jill

    I really cannot express how much I loved this book but will do my best. First its a full length book not a novella and secondly this story really allows you to get to know Isabel and Hutch. Laughed at their first meeting with the frying pan and then her jumping in his arms and fainting. There is some serious themes in this story rape and child abuse also the spankings were all very well placed within the story. I really liked that Isabel was such a strong character and had to come to terms with the fact that when Hutch spanked her it was because she had disobeyed. I would love to see a sequal with more of Dr Ben and Sarahs story also how Isabel and Hutch are doing maybe even Ruebens story. Marillia Starr is on my favorite author list for sure

  12. Jill

    I really cannot express how much I loved this book but will do my best. First its a full length book not a novella and secondly this story really allows you to get to know Isabel and Hutch. Laughed at their first meeting with the frying pan and then her jumping in his arms and fainting. There is some serious themes in this story rape and child abuse also the spankings were all very well placed within the story. I really liked that Isabel was such a strong character and had to come to terms with the fact that when Hutch spanked her it was because she had disobeyed. I would love to see a sequal with more of Dr Ben and Sarahs story also how Isabel and Hutch are doing maybe even Ruebens story. Marillia Starr is on my favorite author list for sure

  13. Tina

    This story is about Isabele who felt unappreciated and taken for granted, after taking care of her brothers in the years since their parent’s death. Her Aunt passes an inheritance of some property and money to Isabele, giving her the chance for a new start in another Town. At the beginning Isabele had no confidence in herself but loved to write stories, which her Aunt had secretly been publishing on her behalf (I thought it was a shame though that there wasn’t more about her writing stories during the main part of the book).

    Upon arrival, a mistaken identity at the train station results in Isabele hitting one of the town residents over the head and thus she meets Sheriff Hutch. Isabele soon meets Sarah, a young girl in the new town who has been stigmatised by the town, after being raped. Isabele takes Sarah under her wing and together they get into a number of incidents. Sarah is also central throughout the book and I enjoyed reading her story along with Isabele’s.

    I thought the speed of the book was consistence throughout the story and I enjoyed getting to know the characters in the book. Due to it being a full length book it allowed you to learn a lot about different people in the town and the interactions between them without it getting confusing. The story seemed well thought out and it didn’t jump from one unconnected story arc to another.

    The book was very well edited and I would recommend this book.

    I received this as an ARC for an honest review.

  14. Tina

    This story is about Isabele who felt unappreciated and taken for granted, after taking care of her brothers in the years since their parent??s death. Her Aunt passes an inheritance of some property and money to Isabele, giving her the chance for a new start in another Town. At the beginning Isabele had no confidence in herself but loved to write stories, which her Aunt had secretly been publishing on her behalf (I thought it was a shame though that there wasn??t more about her writing stories during the main part of the book).

    Upon arrival, a mistaken identity at the train station results in Isabele hitting one of the town residents over the head and thus she meets Sheriff Hutch. Isabele soon meets Sarah, a young girl in the new town who has been stigmatised by the town, after being raped. Isabele takes Sarah under her wing and together they get into a number of incidents. Sarah is also central throughout the book and I enjoyed reading her story along with Isabele??s.

    I thought the speed of the book was consistence throughout the story and I enjoyed getting to know the characters in the book. Due to it being a full length book it allowed you to learn a lot about different people in the town and the interactions between them without it getting confusing. The story seemed well thought out and it didn??t jump from one unconnected story arc to another.

    The book was very well edited and I would recommend this book.

    I received this as an ARC for an honest review.

  15. Jaycee

    Marielle Starr has become one of my favorite author\’s of this genre – especially her historical stories. She gets better and better at weaving a tale that pulls you in from the start, and makes you dread coming to the end because you know it\’s over! Isabel was the kind of female I love to read about in this genre, but rarely find – she was strong, determined to do things her way, and didn\’t fall at Hutch\’s feet with lust after a spanking. Instead, she was good and mad, which is how I think I would feel – and she wasn\’t afraid to express her opinions! Especially after the first one, when he really had no right to spank her, then he embarrassed her in front of the local gossip mongers.That he apologized later made him stronger in my estimation. I also loved that he supported Isabel in her business dealings. Of course, he needed a bit of prompting about her getting paid for her writing – loved how she went off on him about that! Great plot, wonderful characters, and a real story that took more than a few hours to read! Please give us more Ms Starr!

  16. Jaycee

    Marielle Starr has become one of my favorite author’s of this genre – especially her historical stories. She gets better and better at weaving a tale that pulls you in from the start, and makes you dread coming to the end because you know it’s over! Isabel was the kind of female I love to read about in this genre, but rarely find – she was strong, determined to do things her way, and didn’t fall at Hutch’s feet with lust after a spanking. Instead, she was good and mad, which is how I think I would feel – and she wasn’t afraid to express her opinions! Especially after the first one, when he really had no right to spank her, then he embarrassed her in front of the local gossip mongers.That he apologized later made him stronger in my estimation. I also loved that he supported Isabel in her business dealings. Of course, he needed a bit of prompting about her getting paid for her writing – loved how she went off on him about that! Great plot, wonderful characters, and a real story that took more than a few hours to read! Please give us more Ms Starr!

  17. Scarlet

    This full length story had a lot of plot twists that all tie up nicely at the end. It is a fun romantic western with a strong-willed, talented, smart, rich, young heroine who forges her own way in the wild west. There are several characters that the readers grow to know and care about during the story. It is one I would enjoy seeing continued so I could follow the couples and this town on their next adventures. The story is very pleasant and clean, though there is some swearing and sexual content. The spanking scenes are few and far between and aren\’t related to the sexiness of the story much at all. They fit in with the story line and are only written in when there is a real cause and you see them coming and expect them. The build up of the whole story is very good throughout, I had trouble putting it down. I was very happy to see that it was very well written, and finished all the stories without leaving any dangling unanswered questions.

  18. Scarlet

    This full length story had a lot of plot twists that all tie up nicely at the end. It is a fun romantic western with a strong-willed, talented, smart, rich, young heroine who forges her own way in the wild west. There are several characters that the readers grow to know and care about during the story. It is one I would enjoy seeing continued so I could follow the couples and this town on their next adventures. The story is very pleasant and clean, though there is some swearing and sexual content. The spanking scenes are few and far between and aren’t related to the sexiness of the story much at all. They fit in with the story line and are only written in when there is a real cause and you see them coming and expect them. The build up of the whole story is very good throughout, I had trouble putting it down. I was very happy to see that it was very well written, and finished all the stories without leaving any dangling unanswered questions.

  19. madpuss

    I enjoyed this story. It was a good length with plenty happening all the way through. Romance, action, danger and suspense. I liked that Isabel and Hutch were good people but not perfect. Hutch saw what he wanted and didn\’t give up until Isabel was his. He was old-fashioned and modern at the same time. Old-fashioned in wanting Isabel to obey him when he was trying to keep her safe. Modern when he made it clear to others her wealth and businesses were hers and her responsibility not his. He also listened to her needs about being a businesswoman rather than keeping house. I also liked that they could make each other smile and they were very loving. We got to know others in the town also, especially Sarah and Ben and their fledgling relationship. The developments of all the relationships seemed natural and real. By the time the story ends everything is resolved and Isabel has grown as a person and realises what\’s important to her and Hutch promises he wont let her become spoilt and privileged, using her wealth in town to get her own way. The ending is good.

  20. madpuss

    I enjoyed this story. It was a good length with plenty happening all the way through. Romance, action, danger and suspense. I liked that Isabel and Hutch were good people but not perfect. Hutch saw what he wanted and didn’t give up until Isabel was his. He was old-fashioned and modern at the same time. Old-fashioned in wanting Isabel to obey him when he was trying to keep her safe. Modern when he made it clear to others her wealth and businesses were hers and her responsibility not his. He also listened to her needs about being a businesswoman rather than keeping house. I also liked that they could make each other smile and they were very loving. We got to know others in the town also, especially Sarah and Ben and their fledgling relationship. The developments of all the relationships seemed natural and real. By the time the story ends everything is resolved and Isabel has grown as a person and realises what’s important to her and Hutch promises he wont let her become spoilt and privileged, using her wealth in town to get her own way. The ending is good.

  21. CJO

    This was an excellent book! It was nice and long, so you can really get to know the characters. This is the first book I had read by this author, and now I will look for more by her. I would love to see a sequel about Sarah and Ben!

  22. CJO

    This was an excellent book! It was nice and long, so you can really get to know the characters. This is the first book I had read by this author, and now I will look for more by her. I would love to see a sequel about Sarah and Ben!

  23. Caroline Gillo

    I loved this book and it is a book, full length, and with fleshed out characters that come alive on the pages. There was a lot going on, romances (multiple), mystery and people learning to love and care for one another, and D/D when necessary and not contrived unrealistically as in so many of these novels. Oh, and humor, Ms. Starr writes with humor, her characters aren’t perfect and that makes them that much more likeable. The story is well plotted, and keeps you reading and when you get to the end, even though she’s tied up all those little loose ends, you wish there was more. The characters of Isabel and Hutch became friends to the reader, and the secondary characters were wonderful too. Please, please, Ms. Starr write a sequel for Ben and Sarah and put us back into this wonderful town with these people we now care about.

    I’ve read all of Ms. Starr’s books thus far and I see a growth in her writing. I’m also seeing better editing and proofing but it could still use some improvement. (The first several books didn’t seem to be edited or proofed at all, and the e-book publisher should go back and do their jobs. If you’re going to charge this much for your books, it should be read-worthy. The story is there—the editing and proofing are not.)

    Even though I’m ranting about the editing and proofing of past books, THIS ONE was a great read, one I will keep and read again. Thank you, Ms. Starr for a wonderful evening of pleasure.

  24. Caroline Gillo

    I loved this book and it is a book, full length, and with fleshed out characters that come alive on the pages. There was a lot going on, romances (multiple), mystery and people learning to love and care for one another, and D/D when necessary and not contrived unrealistically as in so many of these novels. Oh, and humor, Ms. Starr writes with humor, her characters aren??t perfect and that makes them that much more likeable. The story is well plotted, and keeps you reading and when you get to the end, even though she??s tied up all those little loose ends, you wish there was more. The characters of Isabel and Hutch became friends to the reader, and the secondary characters were wonderful too. Please, please, Ms. Starr write a sequel for Ben and Sarah and put us back into this wonderful town with these people we now care about.

    I??ve read all of Ms. Starr??s books thus far and I see a growth in her writing. I??m also seeing better editing and proofing but it could still use some improvement. (The first several books didn??t seem to be edited or proofed at all, and the e-book publisher should go back and do their jobs. If you??re going to charge this much for your books, it should be read-worthy. The story is there???the editing and proofing are not.)

    Even though I??m ranting about the editing and proofing of past books, THIS ONE was a great read, one I will keep and read again. Thank you, Ms. Starr for a wonderful evening of pleasure.

  25. Lasey Lane

    Isabel is a young and self-reliant woman – ready to take on the world. But in the late 1800\’s the world certainly isn\’t ready for her! Fiery, spirited, and unwilling to be held back, Isabel chooses to leave her home town and head west. She can no longer tolerate the ungrateful, entitled, and even dishonest behaviors exhibited by her eldest brother. When she arrives in Overton Colorado, Isabel is confronted with a town filled with men who are just as bossy, much more crude, and just as dishonest. Isabel meets the town\’s handsome deputy after putting an unruly and overexcited half-whit in his place. Has she taken on more than she can manage?

    I would classify this book as a romance with a spanking twist. The spankings are not over the top – nor is one occurring on every page. While spanking is part of this book – it isn\’t the only focus. The author writes a well formulated and complete story. This erotic romance is book length and totally worth buying. The plot is well developed and thoughtful. I loved hating the story\’s villains – and waited for them to meet their comeuppance. I identified with this heroine and applauded her tenacity. And I couldn\’t help but cheer on for the hero when he takes our heroine in hand. My favorite part of the book was the romance that developed between the young doctor Ben and a lovely young woman who had been treated poorly by the town that should have been protecting her.

    Please note that I was provided with an advanced free copy of this book for review purposes.

  26. Lasey Lane

    Isabel is a young and self-reliant woman – ready to take on the world. But in the late 1800’s the world certainly isn’t ready for her! Fiery, spirited, and unwilling to be held back, Isabel chooses to leave her home town and head west. She can no longer tolerate the ungrateful, entitled, and even dishonest behaviors exhibited by her eldest brother. When she arrives in Overton Colorado, Isabel is confronted with a town filled with men who are just as bossy, much more crude, and just as dishonest. Isabel meets the town’s handsome deputy after putting an unruly and overexcited half-whit in his place. Has she taken on more than she can manage?

    I would classify this book as a romance with a spanking twist. The spankings are not over the top – nor is one occurring on every page. While spanking is part of this book – it isn’t the only focus. The author writes a well formulated and complete story. This erotic romance is book length and totally worth buying. The plot is well developed and thoughtful. I loved hating the story’s villains – and waited for them to meet their comeuppance. I identified with this heroine and applauded her tenacity. And I couldn’t help but cheer on for the hero when he takes our heroine in hand. My favorite part of the book was the romance that developed between the young doctor Ben and a lovely young woman who had been treated poorly by the town that should have been protecting her.

    Please note that I was provided with an advanced free copy of this book for review purposes.

  27. K Tyler

    This is an action packed historical romance novel. The story is of a strong willed heroine seeking to forge her own path. Isabel is given the opportunity when her aunt dies and leaves her wealth enough to have the independence she long for. With her strong will she often finds herself in trouble and soon meets her leading man a true alpha law enforcement Deputy Hutch. Their story is full length which allows you the ability to get to know and love both. This story has a excellent blend of adventure, danger, suspense and loving discipline infused with humor enough to keep you turning the pages and look in the end longing for more. This was a delightful surprise and a wonderful engaging read.

  28. K Tyler

    This is an action packed historical romance novel. The story is of a strong willed heroine seeking to forge her own path. Isabel is given the opportunity when her aunt dies and leaves her wealth enough to have the independence she long for. With her strong will she often finds herself in trouble and soon meets her leading man a true alpha law enforcement Deputy Hutch. Their story is full length which allows you the ability to get to know and love both. This story has a excellent blend of adventure, danger, suspense and loving discipline infused with humor enough to keep you turning the pages and look in the end longing for more. This was a delightful surprise and a wonderful engaging read.

  29. JK

    I absolutely love it when the book I\’m reading actually takes enough time to really tell a great story. This one does the job! And it does it extremely well!! Isabel\’s story is captivating from the very first page and Hutch is my perfect example of an alpha male!! The story engages you, and treats you to many memorable characters. Lots of well deserved spankings, too. The storyline keeps you interested throughout the entire book. I wish I could give it more stars! Well done! (Side note – I loved Great Aunt Winifred)

  30. JK

    I absolutely love it when the book I’m reading actually takes enough time to really tell a great story. This one does the job! And it does it extremely well!! Isabel’s story is captivating from the very first page and Hutch is my perfect example of an alpha male!! The story engages you, and treats you to many memorable characters. Lots of well deserved spankings, too. The storyline keeps you interested throughout the entire book. I wish I could give it more stars! Well done! (Side note – I loved Great Aunt Winifred)

  31. Timberlan127

    This is a western well worth reading. I love books like this that once you get started you just can\’t put it down. The heroine is perfect. I love her determined independence. I also loved the hero. He was strong and definitely the head of his household. The story had lots of excitement and adventure. This was a great western romance.

  32. Timberlan127

    This is a western well worth reading. I love books like this that once you get started you just can’t put it down. The heroine is perfect. I love her determined independence. I also loved the hero. He was strong and definitely the head of his household. The story had lots of excitement and adventure. This was a great western romance.

  33. Etta Stark

    This is a great book with a really substantial number of pages. The story\’s eponymous hero, Isabel Piper is an aspiring writer who has found herself trapped in a life of thankless drudgery playing housekeeper and cook to her four brothers following the death of her parents.

    When her eldest brother decides to take a wife who has even less regard for Isabel than her brothers do, she decides to leave and begin a new life as an independent woman, made possible by a hitherto unknown inheritance and and several new unexpected income streams bestowed on her by her wealthy aunt.

    Thanks to this, Isabel\’s new life in Overton, Colorado comes complete with a small fortune in the bank and a substantial interest in half the town\’s businesses.

    As a new female in a male-dominated town, Isabel is the focus of plenty of men\’s attention. None more so than Deputy Bill \’Hutch\’ Hutchinson, the town\’s conscientious lawman.

    Isabel and Hutch don\’t get off to a great start especially after Hutch spanks Isabel for endangering herself and then steals a kiss in front of the biggest gossip in town. Isabel may not be wholly convinced by Hutch but it is plain to see that Hutch has been head over heels with Isabel since the moment he laid eyes on her.

    Circumstances, of course, push Hutch and Isabel closer and closer to one another. Isabel befriends Sarah, a teenager who has been abused by the local playboy and then shunned by the whole town. And the three of them become a close family unit. There are plenty of characters in this story. Some better drawn than others. The one bum note was the minister and his wife\’s story which I didn\’t think brought much to the book. Bringing domestic violence into a domestic discipline book is always a tricky one and in this case I don\’t think it really worked. Other characters, however are a delight. Especially the young doctor, Ben who has set his heart on Sarah.

    The book is fairly light on spankings and rather disappointingly, Isabel never really seems reconciled to Hutch\’s method of disciplining her even by the end of the story.

    Overall, this is a deeply satisfying story with a strong believable relationship at its core. There are a number of action sequences which are well handled and some truly appalling villains for our noble lawman to come up against.

    It would be great to see a sequel to \’Isabel\’s Independence\’, especially one concentrating on Sarah and Ben\’s relationship. I would also be interested to see what Isabel does with her insanely large amounts of wealth. She\’s practically richer than the Queen. It would be nice to see her embrace a more philanthropic lifestyle. Maybe she should sort the road out that she kept complaining about at the beginning of the book. Hutch and her have already figuratively cleaned up the town, maybe they should do it literally as well.

  34. Etta Stark

    This is a great book with a really substantial number of pages. The story’s eponymous hero, Isabel Piper is an aspiring writer who has found herself trapped in a life of thankless drudgery playing housekeeper and cook to her four brothers following the death of her parents.

    When her eldest brother decides to take a wife who has even less regard for Isabel than her brothers do, she decides to leave and begin a new life as an independent woman, made possible by a hitherto unknown inheritance and and several new unexpected income streams bestowed on her by her wealthy aunt.

    Thanks to this, Isabel’s new life in Overton, Colorado comes complete with a small fortune in the bank and a substantial interest in half the town’s businesses.

    As a new female in a male-dominated town, Isabel is the focus of plenty of men’s attention. None more so than Deputy Bill ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, the town’s conscientious lawman.

    Isabel and Hutch don’t get off to a great start especially after Hutch spanks Isabel for endangering herself and then steals a kiss in front of the biggest gossip in town. Isabel may not be wholly convinced by Hutch but it is plain to see that Hutch has been head over heels with Isabel since the moment he laid eyes on her.

    Circumstances, of course, push Hutch and Isabel closer and closer to one another. Isabel befriends Sarah, a teenager who has been abused by the local playboy and then shunned by the whole town. And the three of them become a close family unit. There are plenty of characters in this story. Some better drawn than others. The one bum note was the minister and his wife’s story which I didn’t think brought much to the book. Bringing domestic violence into a domestic discipline book is always a tricky one and in this case I don’t think it really worked. Other characters, however are a delight. Especially the young doctor, Ben who has set his heart on Sarah.

    The book is fairly light on spankings and rather disappointingly, Isabel never really seems reconciled to Hutch’s method of disciplining her even by the end of the story.

    Overall, this is a deeply satisfying story with a strong believable relationship at its core. There are a number of action sequences which are well handled and some truly appalling villains for our noble lawman to come up against.

    It would be great to see a sequel to ‘Isabel’s Independence’, especially one concentrating on Sarah and Ben’s relationship. I would also be interested to see what Isabel does with her insanely large amounts of wealth. She’s practically richer than the Queen. It would be nice to see her embrace a more philanthropic lifestyle. Maybe she should sort the road out that she kept complaining about at the beginning of the book. Hutch and her have already figuratively cleaned up the town, maybe they should do it literally as well.

  35. kitty_ranma

    Loved it, and what\’s more its one of blushings longer books about 175 give or take pages. You laugh, get excited at adventures. It\’s a wonderfully written western double romance. Yes there are two couples in this. Very romantic.

  36. kitty_ranma

    Loved it, and what’s more its one of blushings longer books about 175 give or take pages. You laugh, get excited at adventures. It’s a wonderfully written western double romance. Yes there are two couples in this. Very romantic.

  37. Juliette (verified owner)

    What a great book! A plot with plenty of twists and turns and lives that are not always rosey. A lot of love, a little sex and plenty of well deserved spankings. This book was a good length and I will be keeping an eye out for this author’s work.

  38. Juliette (verified owner)

    What a great book! A plot with plenty of twists and turns and lives that are not always rosey. A lot of love, a little sex and plenty of well deserved spankings. This book was a good length and I will be keeping an eye out for this author’s work.

  39. Denise (verified owner)

    I love this story. It was well thought out and you couldn\’t help but love or hate each character. Isabel is truly someone you would feel lucky knowing. She knows what is just and right and how to right the wrongs. She comes to love a man who also feels the same way. Isabel is way ahead of her time and you cannot help but love the things she does. Never once did you feel it was too long or boring in anyway, in fact, you want to keep reading more and more about this town and the people who inhabit it. Well done!

  40. Denise (verified owner)

    I love this story. It was well thought out and you couldn’t help but love or hate each character. Isabel is truly someone you would feel lucky knowing. She knows what is just and right and how to right the wrongs. She comes to love a man who also feels the same way. Isabel is way ahead of her time and you cannot help but love the things she does. Never once did you feel it was too long or boring in anyway, in fact, you want to keep reading more and more about this town and the people who inhabit it. Well done!

  41. Redrabbitt

    What a fun and entertaining story! I loved the spunky impulsive Isabel. All the characters in this story made it an enjoyable read. This book is also longer than most and is a western theme story. This story has substance, as well as, action, fitting for an 1893 western story.
    Isabel is tired of being under appreciated by her four brothers and with the help of her Aunt Winifred, moves from Pennsylvania to Overton, Colorado. Her life and adventures begin, she arrives to live in a house bequeathed to her Aunt, and it turns out to be a large house. She ends up marrying the Sheriff, William \”Hutch\” Hutchinson and being taken in hand for her antics. The sex scenes are clean and the domestic discipline is not over the top.

  42. Redrabbitt

    “What a fun and entertaining story! I loved the spunky impulsive Isabel. All the characters in this story made it an enjoyable read. This book is also longer than most and is a western theme story. This story has substance, as well as, action, fitting for an 1893 western story.
    Isabel is tired of being under appreciated by her four brothers and with the help of her Aunt Winifred, moves from Pennsylvania to Overton, Colorado. Her life and adventures begin, she arrives to live in a house bequeathed to her Aunt, and it turns out to be a large house. She ends up marrying the Sheriff, William “”Hutch”” Hutchinson and being taken in hand for her antics. The sex scenes are clean and the domestic discipline is not over the top.”

  43. Martha (verified owner)

    Loved the story and the fact that she had a mind.

  44. Martha (verified owner)

    Loved the story and the fact that she had a mind.

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