Published: July 1st 1991 (first published 1985)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Length: 464 pages
My Rating: 5 stars
Betrayal had ruined Banner Coleman’s wedding day, and on her wedding night, she was a jilted bride. Now old seeds of greed and desire are harvesting a scandal — and Banner’s affair with an old family friend could shatter a friendship and a family.
The Texas countryside was wide and wild, the barn was warm and musty, and the passion between Banner Coleman and her parents’ best friend, Jake Langston, was going to be the start of trouble. Betrayal had ruined Banner’s wedding day, and now on her wedding night, she was a jilted bride. Jake was the toughest cowhand in Texas, yet Banner had broken down his resistance, setting loose emotions neither of them expected. Now Jake and Banner were caught up in a scandal that could tear apart a friendship and a family. But theirs wasn’t the only sin in this rough town outside of lusty Fort Worth. Greed and desire stretched back to a wagon train journey twenty years before, and this cattle land would explode once more with a man’s hunger and a woman’s enduring love
Ms Brown didn’t write many historical romances which is a shame. This is one of the first historical romances that I checked out of my local library. I loved this book. The heroine was spunky and while spoilt still had a good heart. There is a perfect blend of romance, drama, heartbreak and laughter. Not an easy feat.
This is a book I return to again and again a truly great read, and if you are a fan of American historical romances, then you really need to pick this up. I would advise starting with the first in the series featuring our hero as a teenager and the main couple our heroine’s parents.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.