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ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Claiming Her Legacy
Author: Linda Goodnight
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired Trade
Release Date: April 26, 2022
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
With her family’s legacy on the line, a woman with everything to lose must rely on a man hiding from his past…
Frontier women don’t ride off alone to track an outlaw—not even women as capable as tomboy spinster Willa Malone. But Willa desperately needs the bounty money offered for her father’s killer if she’s to keep their homestead and take care of her sisters. That means she needs an expert tracker’s help. Gideon Hartley has the skill, but the handsome trail guide also has a troubling secret…
Gideon has spent years trying to numb his pain with whiskey. Little by little, their quest—and Willa’s belief in him—is restoring the sense of purpose he thought he’d lost. Journeying into the heart of danger, they’ll have to face down the past together if they hope to protect their future…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CLAIMING HER LEGACY by Linda Goodnight.
Mercy rifled through the posters until she found the face she sought. “Here he is. The scoundrel who murdered Papa.”
All three sisters stared down at the drawing of the outlaw.
Charlie Bangs, the cowardly snake who’d murdered her father. Cold beady eyes, dark unkempt hair and a droopy handlebar mustache.
Hatred curled in the pit of Willa’s stomach. She’d never forget that face as long as she lived. Charlie Bangs deserved to die.
According to the prospector who’d brought him home, Papa had befriended the man who’d taken his life. He had even shared his camp and grub. Unlike his cynical daughter, Finn Malone believed the best of people.
His friendly nature had gotten him killed.
Oblivious to the dried blood staining her fingers, Mercy smoothed the poster flat. “Would you look at this? A thousand-dollar reward. No wonder men take to the bounty trails.”
“Papa’s life was worth more than that!” Savannah exclaimed hotly.
“Indeed,” Mercy said, “but a thousand dollars is still a great deal of money, Savannah. Enough to pay off Papa’s bank loan with plenty left over to order that sewing machine you’ve been mooning over in the mail order catalog.”
“I wasn’t mooning. The machine is a thing of great use. I could sew for the ladies of the community as well as for us.”
Willa didn’t think many in their fledgling settlement had an extra penny to spend on tailored yard goods, but Savannah needed her dreams. She was a good hand with a needle and took in mending here and there. The pay wasn’t much. Certainly not enough to repay the bank loan.
Finn Malone in his great rush toward the gold fields had borrowed against their land claim for a grubstake. Now that he was gone and the dab of gold with him, she and her sisters must either repay the loan or find themselves on the streets.
A step on the stairs drew her attention to a bleary-eyed woman with the dregs of last night’s rouge smearing her cheeks. At Willa’s glance, the saloon girl quickly receded into the dark confines of the stairwell.
With a shudder, Willa said, “Bounty hunting beats working upstairs for Madam Frenchy.”
“Willa Malone!” Mercy’s eyes widened. “We could never do such a thing.”
“Maybe that’s what the girls upstairs thought, too, at one time. We need money, and there’s hardly any way for a woman to survive out here unless she has a man to support her.”
The admission galled her.
“I could marry Mr. Baggley,” Savannah said, but the dread in her eyes cut Willa to the bone.
“Don’t be ridiculous. You’re not marrying that old goat to put food on the table.” Homer was sixty if he was a day and only washed once a year if the creek was high and warm.
Worse still, he had the manners of a billy goat, blatantly making his attentions clear one afternoon in the mercantile for the whole town to hear. As long as Savannah could cook and bear him a passel of young ’uns, as he put it, he didn’t care one whit if she was gimpy.
“He is rather repulsive,” Savannah admitted. “But I’ll marry him if I must.”
Willa’s jaw hardened. “You won’t.”
Doubt gnawed around the edges of her mind. What if they had no choice? What if her baby sister was forced to marry a rich old man who had only one thing on his mind?
Marriages of convenience were not that unusual for women alone, but how different were they from Madam Frenchy’s girls?
Willa shuddered, fingering the wanted poster. She’d do about anything to keep her sister from being sold off like a brood mare. Savannah was a beautiful educated Christian woman. Any man worth marrying would love her for those wonderful qualities and ignore her damaged leg.
But no such man was pounding on the door.
Mercy, too, was beautiful and smart. Willa’s thoughts skittered to a halt. Something untoward had happened to Mercy, something that had changed her view of marriage and family.
They were three women in a territory brimming with males and not a one of them could attract a suitable husband.
Unlike other ladies, the Malone sisters could not depend upon a man for help. Their future would be up to them and the Good Lord.
Claiming Her Legacy
Copyright © 2022 by Linda Goodnight
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