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?
To see how the story continues with her niece Ellie, read A Wife By Christmas. It's not just another Christmas story.
Author - Callie Hutton
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Posted by Shelly Wasserman on 19th Feb 2012
This fascinating story about settlers out West pulled me in from the first chapter. I loved the strength of the heroine and that the hero, although an alpha male, was able to express his sensitivity. I laughed when Tori kept telling Jesse to stop calling her "honey." Other scenes left me crying. Beautiful love story!
Posted by Dee Rodola on 21st Dec 2011
This story was excellent. Loved, loved, loved the characters. Can't wait to read the sequel.
Posted by Christine Warner on 12th Dec 2011
From the first paragraph I was pulled into this story. Right away I wanted to see Tori succeed in making her dreams come true and at the same time forging a life for her nieces and nephews. She's a spunky, strong willed lady that you couldn't help but want to see succeed!
But then came Jesse, the hero with a fun sense of humor and good common sense! He had a trying past, but he didn't let it affect his outlook on life and he pushed ahead to make the most of himself.
Right away these two butted heads and I loved their easy, playful banter. And even though Tori tried to deny her attraction, Jesse worked his way into her life and heart.
I don't want to spoil the read by giving too much away. But this is a fun, spirited story full of fun facts about the Oklahoma Land Run. The characters were well written and the story was over before I wanted it to end...but the best part of that is that Callie Hutton is planning sequels and one has already been released. A Wife Before Christmas came out December 1st and is on my list of must reads.
I recommend this to anyone that wants to sit down and enjoy a historical romance with a twist of adventure, fun, humor and happily ever afters...of course with a few obstacles thrown in to make you sit on the edge of your seat!
Posted by Barbara Babbage on 28th Nov 2011
They came from all walks of life. They came in wagons, on horseback, by train, and on foot. They came in droves from every corner of the country, each person hoping to acquire a free plot of land in what was known as the Indian Territory. The 1889 race for land was an epic event in American history and for those brave enough to face the unknown, the unpredictable weather and hardships, it was a promise of a new life on the western frontier.
Despite the danger and uncertainty, plucky school teacher, Tori Henderson, packs up her newly acquired family—her deceased brother’s four children—dresses as man, and enters the race, determined to stake her claim. Raised by an aunt who despised men, Tori is determined to do this on her own and vows never to marry or answer to any man. But she didn’t count on locking horns with handsome, incorrigible, lawyer, Jesse Cochran. A man determined to put his questionable past behind him and to win Tori’s heart no matter how long it takes.
A Run for Love is a well crafted novel filled with memorable characters, adventure, drama, romance and even a dab of humor. Ms. Hutton’s ability to take us on an emotional journey back in time, is evident from page one and carries through to the end of the book. A heart rendering story of courage, faith, family and new beginnings, it will make you will laugh and cry. You will watch a town develop out of nothing and get to know the townfolk like they were your neighbors. But above all, you will admire the heroine’s spunk and independent spirit, while rooting for the hero’s cause. This book is a welcome addition to any e-book library.
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