This is the second book in the Series: The Saga of the Sykes Family
Matt Sykes had spent the winter recovering from an outlaw’s bullet that very nearly took his life. Now Matt will wed the beautiful Chrisy Lovel, the frightened young woman who shot point blank the outlaw who would have killed Matt as he lay in his sick bed.
Now Matt has decided to return to the mountains, where he found a cache of gold, to start a cattle ranch and begins the quest to find a crew, and a herd. Unknown to Matt, a couple of outlaws still exist from the gang that pursued him from his gold discovery, and they are determined to relieve Matt of his gold. When they find out that Matt has purchased a large herd, they decide to rustle it somewhere on the trail and hightail it for Mexico.
Matt’s problems really begin once he begins the long trail drive to the ranch’s location in the mountains a trip of several weeks. Bad river crossings take their toll, and almost take the life of Chrisy and Matt. A lightening started stampede stomps out the life of some of their cowboys, but they keep on, and eventually ride into the green valley, just beyond the pass.
The next few months are frantically busy as they set up living quarters, set aside hayfields, and develop the new ranch. And even as they do, the outlaws are hiding in the hills waiting for the opportunity to take the cattle; only a more ominous note emerges. The plan may change to taking over the ranch and disposing of the occupants.
How can Matt protect his place and his loved ones from a threat he doesn’t even know exists? Come with him as unexpected help arrives at his side. But will it be enough? Only time and the smell of gunsmoke will tell.
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Published November 29, 2010
Romance, Westerns, Literature & Fiction.