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With the new millennium on the horizon, Mike Mallon is a senator in Washington DC, while Nevada Jennings is looking forward to a life and family with Marion Howe.
In this book, Katie and Steve Kendricks lead the Double M into the twentieth century. After Katie’s death Steve is left alone to watch as their children grow to adulthood to face World War I and the consequences that tragic battle brings about.
When their son, Mallon, refuses to return to the Double M after the war, the ranch becomes the responsibility of Suzanna and her husband, Clay, along with Nevada’s son, Ralph, and his British war bride, Barbara.
Together they work to bring prosperity to the ranch and peace between the children who grow up together in the same was as Suzanna and Ralph did a generation earlier.
Nevada Jennings sat on his horse and looked down on the Double M Ranch. A light rain started to fall and through the drizzle, he could see the men scurrying for shelter.
Steven Kendricks, with his wife Katie, now occupied the ranch house. Construction on another house for Steve’s brother, Carl, started less than a week ago.
On the opposite hill, Nevada’s best friend, Mike Mallon, stood in the old cemetery with his wife, Maggie. Mike and Nevada built the Double M and Mike owned it. Now he lived in Washington D.C., where he served as a United States Senator.
Nevada reached into his coat pocket to assure himself the ruby ring, which once belonged to his mother, was still there. Secure in the knowledge he hadn’t lost it, he turned his horse toward town.
Throughout the ride, which certainly wasn’t a long one, Nevada wondered if he would make it. Inside his chest, his heart pounded wildly. Perhaps he wasn’t ready to ask Marion Howe to marry him. Perhaps once he told her the truth about himself, she would not want anything to do with Ralph Madison’s bastard. Marion was a proper lady, the daughter of Corbit’s founder, Ned Corbit and the widow of Jake Howe.
He would have turned around right then and there, but he now sat in front of Corbit’s, the town’s general store, and Ned Howe saw him.
“Good morning, Nevada,” Ned greeted him. “I see you didn’t forget.”
“Forget? Forget what?” Nevada asked, completely baffled by Ned’s statement.
“Ma’s birthday, of course,” Ned said and laughed, making Nevada feel all the more foolish. “You did forget. Well, just don’t let on that you forgot. She wouldn’t understand.”
Nevada thanked Ned and smiled as he bounded up the steps two at a time. He remembered the first time he saw the store, over thirty years earlier. Then the stairs led to the hotel. Now the area housed separate living quarters for Marion. The old hotel had been replaced by the more elegant Corbit House, which was built closer to the train station.
At the top of the stairs was Marion’s door. Softly, he rapped, almost hoping Marion wouldn’t answer.
“Come in,” she called.
Nevada opened the door and saw her working in the kitchen. “Good morning and happy birthday,” he said, kissing her on the cheek.
“Why thank you. How did you ever remember it was today?”
“I didn’t, Ned told me when I rode up.”
Marion laughed, putting him at ease. How could I have been afraid of Marion? “I’ve come for a special reason. Can we talk?”
He could tell Marion’s curiosity had been aroused. “Of course we can. I just made some soup. We can talk over dinner.”
Nevada hadn’t thought about how close to noon it had gotten. His stomach rumbled, but he thought it was nerves. It could be it was just hunger. He was still contemplating his conclusion when he heard the mantle clock strike twelve.
He took a seat at the table and watched as Marion busied herself at the stove. He thought she’d never sit down but at last, she sat across the table from him.
The soup was steaming hot, giving him the time to say the words he had been practicing all the way to town. Before beginning, he took a deep breath. “Marion, I’ve come to ask you to marry me. I don’t want you to answer until I tell you about myself.”
“Why, Nevada, I’ve known you for more than thirty years. What can you possibly tell me?”
Sherry Wille is Brilliant; she will bring you into the old west in this amazing book, “Double M The Kendrick’s. This is the second book in this series. Sherry has a wonderful talent for writing I have always enjoyed her books; I think you will as well. From Sensual Reads
Besides the drama of the family saga, the lure of THE KENDRICKS is how deftly the surrounding history is woven into the story. If anything, time moved too fast, for I found myself wanting to spend more time with each character. So, I’m moving right on to THE PARKHURSTS, the next episode in the Double M chronicles. Robin from Romance Reviews Today
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 272
Paper Weight (lb): 11.5