Kathleen does not let him stop her. She escapes Skagway with her paralyzed sister Josie, in spite of her attacker. Just before winter closes in, on the last ship of 1899, they sail away to the south. Their dangerous journey is only beginning. They travel across America at the turn of the twentieth century, by train, on horseback, and on foot. One man, a man of many secrets, travels as Kathleen’s companion, but she cannot allow him into her heart. She knows that she cannot trust another supposed rescuer, that she alone must rescue herself. She is sure that she must learn to stand on her own legs before she can build a relationship with any man. Yet, Kathleen is drawn to this strange and passionate man, but perhaps the brutal assault she endured in Skagway has closed off her heart to the possibility of faith in someone else.
She carries a gun, and is willing to shoot to kill or to take what she is owed. She trains herself to survive at any cost. For her unspeaking sister’s sake and her own, she learns to live in a savage world. Whether or not she reaches the great city of New York, she has been on a harsh road too long. Will she ever learn to live as a woman again, and to open her heart to love?
MY REVIEW: My first Western Novel and I loved it! I basically just discovered a whole new genre of books that I could fall in love with and I am STOKED!
Cathleen Colby is a young girl who has travelled to Skagway, Alaska with her mother and paralyzed sister. They are searching for their father, a dreamer, who basically has left the family in debt while chasing his dreams to be a gold miner. They soon learn her father has perished in an Avalanche. Without money, or a man to protect the family of susceptible women, Kathleen’s mother decides they must head to New York to find some family members. There, Kathleen can find a husband who can take care of her. But that will never happen if Kathleen is chained to her quadriplegic sister, so her mother decides Josie must be institutionalized.
Refusing to accept such a horrendous fate for her sister, Kathleen does whatever she can to protect her sister. But a single woman in the Wild West proves harder than Kathleen could imagine. Thrown into a world of rape, murder, starvation and disparity causes her to grow up fast. She quickly learns why her mother was constantly reminding her she must turn her heart to ice.
Will Kathleen be able to withstand the harsh treatment in a man’s world? She must, in order to keep her sister alive. Holding on to her prized possessions, she loses herself in her books and romanticizes about a better life. As long as she has those books, there is still hope that a light will shine though the mist of despair.
By far one of the bests books I have read this year! Kind of freaking out there’s no more books from this author.