Rosanne Bittner has written many novels and I have read quite a few of her works. In fact, I wonder that she can come up with new story lines. However in “Desperate Hearts” she has done just that. Although it’s a classic tale of a runaway heroine trying to escape the clutches of a depraved relative, there is enough action and adventure in this novel to keep you interested to the last page.
Elizabeth Wainwright runs from New York to a little hole-in-the-wall gold town of Alder, Montana. Most of the people in Alder are running from something or someone. The town sheriff, Mitch Brady, is also a vigilante in Montana and the only law for miles around. Elizabeth is coming into town on a stagecoach when outlaws attack and she is the only one left alive. Mitch arrives just in time to save her virtue and her life.
The story continues as the townspeople surround Mitch and Elizabeth with caring concern in the wake of many attempts on both Mitch’s and Elizabeth’s lives. Along the way, the two come to trust each other enough to be able to share whatever is lurking in their pasts and preventing them from going on with life.
I truly enjoyed reading this book and found it to be a good old western novel.
SHE'S A WOMAN WITH A SECRET
Elizabeth Wainwright is on the run. Accused of a murder she didn't commit, she has no choice but to cut ties with her old life and flee West. The last thing she wants is attention, but when her stagecoach is attacked, she suddenly finds herself under the fierce protection of one of Montana's famed vigilantes...whether she likes it or not.
HE'S A MAN WITH A CODE
Lawman Mitch Brady is sworn to uphold justice in the wild lands of 1860's Montana. He's never met a man he's feared, and he's never met a woman more desperately in need of his help. Something's shaken the secretive Elizabeth, but as he gets to know the beautiful city belle, he finds the only thing he wants more than her safety...is her trust.