Lady Anne (book two) Redeemed
Being forced to leave one’s country and shipped to America is a terrible beginning for any marriage. In fact, Anne and Aaron are not legally married, since Anne refused to sign the marriage certificate.
Certain Anne will love her new life, Aaron pays off her servants, shuts down her home, and takes her to America against her wishes. He quickly discovers that an angry, defiant Anne is more than his heart can endure. If he could turn the ship around, he would have done so. Instead, he assigns Jacko to deal with the hell-cat.
When they finally arrive in Charlotte, North Carolina, Aaron no longer wishes to marry Anne. Still he cannot send her across the ocean in the icy winter waters. It is far too dangerous. So, the angry she-cat remains ‘his wife’ as they make the long journey home to his ranch in the Kentucky hills. Having no alternative, Anne agrees to remain six months on his ranch, until it is safe to cross the ocean again. Then, come summer, if she wishes, she can return to England.
Unfortunately, when they finally reach Aaron’s ranch, he discovers over half his horses have been sold on the cheap, his ranch is in disrepair, and the man he had put in charge is now declaring he is the owner of the property. His anger towards his ‘wife’ is no longer his main concern. He must reclaim his property, rehire his men, and rebuild his ranch. With winter arriving, if he doesn’t turn matters around quickly, they will all die.
Aaron bought a wagon, then went in search of a horse and driver. For the purchase of horses, he visited his friend and fellow horseman, Jeffrey Gavins.
Jeffrey laughed at his request. “Now this is a turnabout. Normally I buy horses from you.”
“Yes, well, I have just returned from England and hate to waste the trip for naught, so I’ve bought supplies and a wagon. Now, I need a horse strong enough to pull a wagon of goods home.
Jeffrey frowned. “I heard your father was ill. Is he better now?”
Aaron was in such hell that the mention of his father didn’t even register a prick of pain. “No, he died. But my speedy departure did give me time with him.”
Jeffrey patted Aaron on the back. “Your foreman brought some fine horses down for auction. A few too fine, if you ask me. I bought them on the cheap, and if you want them back, I’ll return them at cost.”
When Aaron entered Jeffrey’s private stables and his finest mare raised her head and snorted at him in recognition, he lost his temper. “God Almighty! He sold you Cleopatra?”
“He put her up for auction. I simply bought her. I know you’ve thought well of your foreman, but I’m glad to see you back before winter. He didn’t buy supplies when he left after the auction. To be honest, Aaron, I sent a man to Kentucky to ensure the fool hadn’t sold off all your horses and run away with the money.”
The possibility of losing his ranch did manage to register—even in his current hell. “And what did he find?”
“Your foreman was at your ranch. My man talked to some of the side hands, and they didn’t seem to think anything was amiss, so I figured he had just made a mistake in selecting horses for sale.”
Aaron walked down the row of stables and identified two more of his better mares and one very strong stallion. He was shocked when Jeffrey told him how little he had paid for the lot.
“It wasn’t entirely the foreman’s fault. The buyers were low bidding him because they knew he wouldn’t know better.” Jeffrey shrugged. “And he didn’t.”
Aaron shook his head. “He should have pulled the horses from bidding the moment he saw what they were about.”
Jeffrey shrugged. “I don’t think he came down with the resources to do that. They had him in a vice.”
“I want the names of the buyers.”
“Not from me.” Jeffrey’s face turned stubborn and hard. “You’ll have to see if your foreman remembers their names. I have to work with those men.”
Jeffrey reached out and petted Cleopatra’s nose. “Look, I saved your favorites. Consider your loss as the cost of training a foreman.”
About the AuthorLiza O’Connor
Liza loves to write books. In fact, she has over fifty novels now and she still continues to publish a book a month. She writes in a multitude of genres: Romance, Comedy, Historical, Paranormal, Suspense, Sci-Fi, & Western. She even has one Young Adult novel.
Thus, her books have a wide range of heat from mild to adult language and situations, that are determined by what seems realistic for each of her many stories.
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Anne is a resilient woman who took a horrible event and made it better. She surrounded herself with people she trusted (and some she probably shouldn't have trusted) but when she's asked to make a life altering choice, she sets out to cause trouble not only for herself but for the people she loves.
Ms. O'Connor's books all have a wonderful message and give the reader hope for a positive outcome no matter what they are facing. Her characters are flawed but redeemable. Lady Anne's books feature a special treat. These books fit into her amazing series, Xavier and Vic, British Sleuths! I loved getting to spend some time with Jacko and can't wait to see what else Ms. O'Connor writes!