I thought I would really like this book because I always enjoy books from earlier times in America. However, I am a visual reader. By that, I mean that I like to visualize the characters' surroundings in my head as I read. I was unable to do this during reading this novel. It seemed as though with every page turn, a week, month or many months had gone by. The writer went from racing for a plot of land to a tent pitched on the property. Then all of a sudden we have a many-roomed house and a town with shops, banks, saloons, and a main street. I know the story is about a love between Tori and Jesse and the trials and tribulations that they go through to find a lasting love, but I was really put off by the lack of scenic description. I think that's why I was not enamored by this book. However, it was a good read in that there were a lot of crises to deal with...snakebite, tornado, etc.
Feisty school teacher Tori Henderson values her independence and has no use for a husband. When she finds herself the legal guardian of her two nieces, two nephews, and facing eviction from her Kansas home, she enters the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run and confronts a new set of challenges. The biggest obstacle being her new neighbor, cocky lawyer Jesse Cochran, the son of a whore—a man determined to put his past behind him and start a new life and family of his own.
Despite the undeniable attraction between them, Tori is determined to keep him at arm’s length, but a family emergency brings them together and they declare a truce. Can Jesse win Tori’s heart after a series of unplanned events, or will tragedy tear them apart forever?