Jacqueline Rivers manages a Pony Express station in 1860 Utah territory after her father’s death. There are daily stresses placed on her in this unconventional role—and now a government official is asking her to sniff out counterfeiters. When Elijah Johnson passes through on the stage while on an exhausting quest to find his boss’s heir, he doesn’t want to leave the beguiling station manager. In fact, he may never leave when caught in the crossfire of the territory’s criminal activities. Jackie can’t decide if Elijah is friend or foe. Can she remain strong when secrets of the past and present are finally unearthed?
The cover of this book is absolutely fantastic! I love the pop of red and after reading the book, the long blonde braid has a lot of significance to the story! I have never read any book centered around the Pony Express, so that aspect of this story alone was really interesting to read about! The prologue of this book will draw the reader in and really set the stage for the remainder of the book. I enjoyed getting a glimpse of how the Pony Express operated through Jackie and her crew, it was really fun to read about how the system worked and what went into moving along the riders and the mail. There was a bit of a mystery with the promise of danger throughout the story as the characters tried to confront an issue of forging. Amidst the daily tasks of the Express and the hunt for forgers Jackie and Elijah each search for answers relates to Jackie’s family and the past. There’s a tiny bit of romance sprinkled into this story as well!
This was a sweet historical with a bit of danger, mystery, and a dash of romance. The characters were easy to like and the story was unique and offered a glimpse into the fascinating workings of the Pony Express. An enjoyable read if you are looking for a light historical fiction novel!
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*I was given a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing but was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.