ALASKA BRIDE ON THE RUN
The rough-and-tumble goldfields provide the perfect setting for Bridges’ sprightly tale that captures the atmosphere, characters, wildness and freedom of the Klondike. It’s a short, pleasant read.
Harrison Rowlan is about to open his tavern when a woman in a torn wedding dress applies for the position of bartender. Willa Banks (aka Mary Somerset) has fled a forced marriage and needs to stay as far from her ex-groom as possible. She convinces Harrison that a woman would bring in business and her trial period turns into a full-time job. But, it’s more than work as Willa and Harrison turn respect and camaraderie into a sweet, tender love. But life, cattle-stealing and the sudden appearance of her bridegroom intrude on their idyll. With the help of family and friends they uncover the truth behind a theft and the courage to fight off those who would separate them. (HARLEQUIN, Jul., 280 pp., $5.99)