Gold miners are pouring into Lundy, California for the Resurrection Day celebration. Val Caldwell drives a herd of cattle up from Big Meadows to Lundy—and he can’t wait to see Beth Dodd, the woman he hopes to marry.
Beth unexpectedly finds she must convince the new miners that, though she is a widow, she expects to be treated with respect—and she holds her own amongst the roughest of the bunch with the help of her derringer and her pa’s hunting knife.
A woman of many talents, Beth receives a frantic request from the madam at the Blue Feather to help with the birth of a prostitute’s baby—an experience that calls up emotions from her own past, and reveals her own heart’s desire—something she’s tried to forget.
Val, anxious to convince Beth to marry him, is willing to help her any way he can. But, just how much will the independent woman be able to give of herself after the pain of her first marriage? Can Beth ever trust him enough to give him the love of A RESURRECTED HEART?
The man who yelled at her appeared to be well into his liquor. But, it was the one next to him that made her blood run cold. He fixed a stare on her, and Beth could tell he proceeded to undress her with his eyes
He’s a bad one.
Still, she had a job to do. It was best to let them know right from the start that she was a cook, not an upstairs girl.
“Yes, Gus, I’m on my way.”
Beth brushed flour from her hands and wiped them on a dishtowel she kept by her work area. She smoothed the front of her pinafore style apron with its wide shoulder bands that protected the front of her shirtwaist and skirt from the spills and grease spatter of the kitchen. She smoothed back wisps of hair and tucked them into her loose chignon. Then, she reached down and loosened the knife in the sheath strapped to her right calf.
Just in case.