"Set in 1860 this is a story of a courageous girl (Barleigh) losing everything and growing into a woman while scraping her life back together. With easy to follow flashbacks we learn about Leighselle and how she weaves into the story via Hughes, a Texas Ranger, and a dear friend of Leighselle. Hughes is a tough character, capable of many things but loaded with his own problems, too. Barleigh is/and becomes intrinsically linked to them both. With her fierce grittiness she’s a character that quickly gets under your skin. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the easy mix of determined personalities and fascinating
historical details of western life in the 1830s-1860s was captivating. Lukas knows about horses and the Pony Express, which I thoroughly enjoyed learning about through the dramas of characters that were so real; with a back drop so finely painted – I felt I was there. She also knows the minds of young woman and how people have to make difficult choices.
I quickly came to care about the characters, some enduring great hardship. This is a great story; Lukas has an easy writing style that’s pleasant and easy to become immersed within."
J. Parry - Amazon Five-Star Review