Independent-minded women are considered highly unsuitable in Kate Donahue’s wealthy Long Island society. Yes, Kate would lead a proper life should she marry, but her dream of practicing medicine would surely be thwarted by her domineering fiancé. To follow her dream, she must take dramatic measures. So when she reads a newspaper ad seeking a qualified small-town physician, Kate embarks on a new life in the Wild West.
Upon her arrival in the rugged settlement of Craig, Colorado, Kate is disappointed to discover that even in the West, no one wants a woman doctor. As she struggles to establish her practice, she is kept busy fending off the unwanted attentions of a local rancher, a man unnervingly reminiscent of the ex-fiancé she left behind in New York. Romantic entanglements are the last thing on Kate’s mind. That is, until she meets Lucas McCurdy, an Irish immigrant with whom she feels an undeniable connection. But when their relationship inflames a dangerous land battle, Kate and Lucas find themselves defenseless in a lawless town—a perilous position that may cost them everything.
Heart of the West is a breath of fresh country air! I loved this story so much; it just sucked me in and never let me go. I found myself completely intrigued by Kate. She was this head-strong forward thinking woman for her time and a doctor as well. She was brave, bold and daring; all of the things a woman would like to be! I just could not imagine uprooting yourself from everything you have ever known and starting out in a new and rural place, completely and utterly alone. This is a wild western romance like no other and I found myself hooked until the very last page was read! I highly recommend this sweet western romance!
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