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Leaving her city life in Chicago behind and moving to Oregon to marry farmer, Erik Erickson, Aundy hoped she wasn't making a mistake . . . the letters they had exchanged for several months before her journey west as a mail order bride had convinced her that he was a sincere, hard working man . . . and that they could form a good partnership, even if the marriage never included true love . . . so this was the beginning of the story of Aundy and how she came to Oregon . . . this book is a clean, but honest look at life in the western frontier . . . including the hardships of farming, the danger of greed and the fellowship and bonding between neighbors . . . as Aundy took on the task of learning how to work the land and became friends with the farm hands, some in the community didn't like a woman taking an active role in managing the property . . . not to be deterred, Aundy goes to town and gets herself a side arm . . . one of my favorite parts of the book is when Aundy meets the ailing Li Hong, a Chinese man, who is badly beaten and takes him in . . . he eventually becomes the cook for the farm hands . . . and the first thing that pops into my mind is Hop Sing, the Chinese cook for the Ponderosa on the old TV series, Bonanza . . . that's Aundy, kind, sweet . . . but as tough as nails . . . and as straight as an arrow . . . she didn't come to Oregon looking for love . . . but the good Lord just might have had another plan in mind . . .
I have read several of Shanna's books and this was another winner. Perfect amount of mystery/action and romance. Pendleton is an awesome little town. Although I have read others in the series each can stand alone, but I would so recommend reading or listening to this one first.