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Though Alexis and Angelica Brady are identical twins, they are complete opposites. Angel is strong-willed and stubborn where Alexis is meek and easily intimidated. Still, the bond between them is unbreakable, and when Alexis begs for her sister’s help in avoiding an arranged marriage, Angel reluctantly agrees to switch places and drive the unwanted suitor away.
Disguised as the straitlaced Alexis, Angel is shocked to discover the prospective bridegroom is none other than Ox Bruford, the only male who has ever touched her heart. A man is the last thing Angel wants in her life. Her independence was too hard won to give up for something as frivolous as love, but the more she tries to push Ox away, the more she yearns for his touch. Loving Ox would mean revealing her identity…and her heart.
Wyoming Territory 1872
“There’s a gentleman wants to see you, Angel.” The bar-tender glared toward the back of the casino. “I put him in your office.”
Angel was surprised. Sam rarely disapproved of anyone. “Who is it?”
“Said his name was Goff.”
“Never heard of him. What does he want?”
“I don’t know. Said he’d only talk to the owner of The Green Garter.” Sam eyes narrowed. “Want me to throw him out?”
Angel raised an eyebrow. “Don’t you think I should find out what he wants first?”
“Maybe. I ain’t so sure I’d want to know.”
Angel could hardly wait to meet this Mr. Goff and see for herself what had ruffled the taciturn Sam’s feathers. “Don’t worry, Sam. If he needs to be bounced out of here, I’ll be sure to let you know.”
“Can’t wait,” Sam muttered.
“By the way, Sam,” Angel said as she headed toward the back, “will you tell Peg I want to see her when Mr. Goff leaves?”
“Why, she done something wrong?”
“Nothing for you to worry about. Just send her in.”
Angel walked into her office without waiting to hear the protest she knew was coming. She smiled to herself as she closed the door behind her. Sam protected the women who lived and worked at The Green Garter as if they were his own daughters.
“Good afternoon, Mr. Goff,” she said pleasantly to the man sitting in front of her desk. “What can I do for you?”
He jumped to his feet. “There’s been some kind of mis-take. I’m here on business, not pleasure. However,” he said, giving her an appreciative once over, “after I’ve talked to your boss, I’m sure you and I could think of some way to while away the afternoon that we’d both enjoy.”
“I doubt it.” Angel calmly walked around her desk and sat on the only other chair in the room. “My bartender said you wanted to see the owner of The Green Garter and that’s me.”
“But you’re a woman!”
“How very perceptive of you to notice,” Angel said. “At the risk of repeating myself, what can I do for you?”
He sat down uncertainly. “I’ve never done business with a woman before.”
“There’s a first time for everything.”
“Very true.” He steepled his fingers and gazed at her. “I want to buy this place.”
“The Green Garter is not for sale.”
Mr. Goff smiled confidently. “You haven’t heard my offer yet.”
“That’s also true. However, I doubt it would change my mind.”
“Not even for ten thousand dollars?”
Angel blinked. “I must admit, that’s a very attractive of-fer. Nevertheless...”
“Naturally, that includes all the equipment and stock,” he continued as though she hadn’t spoken. “As well as the girls.”
“Of course. You have one of the nicest stables I’ve ever seen. That’s one of the things that impressed me about this place.”
“My girls are not for sale either,” Angel said coldly. “In case you missed it, President Lincoln abolished slavery nine years ago.”
“Oh come now, we both know they sell themselves for a living. I suppose next you’ll be telling me you don’t take a percentage of their earnings.”
Angel stood up. “I’m sorry you’ve wasted your time, Mr. Goff. The Green Garter is not for sale.”
“Don’t be so hasty. You’re not likely to get as good an of-fer from anyone else.”
“It wouldn’t matter if I got a better offer. The fact re-mains; this place is not for sale. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some rather pressing business to attend to.”
Mr. Goff rose reluctantly. “All right, but at least give my offer some thought.”
“I will,” she said, walking him to the door. “But it won’t make any difference.”
“You might change your mind.”
“If I do, you’ll be the first to know.”
He smiled. “Good. I’ll be at the Sherlock Hotel for the next couple of days. I’m sure you’ll reconsider.”
“When hell freezes over,” she murmured as he walked away.
“Since he’s walking out of here in one piece, I guess the offer he made you wasn’t what it sounded like,” said a deep voice from the shadows.
Readers who enjoy early western romances are sure to love this madcap romantic adventure. Carolyn Lampman has included some colourful characters based on real-life legendary figures from the wrong side of the law who provide some light-hearted comedy. Angel is a fiery, independent woman who has dug herself into trouble by changing identities with her twin. She is capable of landing on her feet in most situations, but when faced with Ox, the drop dead gorgeous man that she had secretly loved from afar, Angel knows that she is in too deep. She no longer knows which charade is the real Angel and is risking everything if she is found out. Ox has a hidden side that only endears him more to Angel. She could never have guessed his background or the intelligent, caring man that was beneath the mule skinner she had known. There are many unexpected and amusing moments in this story and I was sorry to see it end. The romantic moments are tender and long-awaited. They also serve to complicate matters for Angel. This romance is for this reader a definite keeper and I have enjoyed Silver Springs so much that I have bought the prequel – Meadowlark.
Reviewed by: Naomi 5 Angels Recommended Read
Mrs. Lampman has done it once again with her captivating historical western SILVER SPRINGS, the middle book in the Wild Honey trilogy. She forces the reader to abandon preconceived notions and prejudices in this wonderful tale of hope, deception, forgiveness, redemption and ultimately love. The beauties, joys and dangers of life in the post Civil War Wyoming Territory are splendidly described in the story and the reader will find themselves drawing vivid mental pictures based on Mrs. Lampman's descriptions. Mrs. Lampman obviously knows her history and the details provided make the story especially realistic.
Reviewed by Leah
Readers who enjoy early western romances are sure to love this madcap romantic adventure. Carolyn Lampman has included some colourful characters based on real-life legendary figures from the wrong side of the law who provide some light-hearted comedy. This romance is for this reader a definite keeper and I have enjoyed Silver Springs so much that I have bought the prequel - Meadowlark.
Reviewed by: Naomi
"...has a potent emotional dimension to it, as well as its fair share of high-adventure, heart-tickling humor and feel-good moments...spiked with a heady degree of sexual tension...a wonderfully plotted and wonderfully characterized romance that will delight readers with its simple beauty."
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 386
Paper Weight (lb): 16.2