Book Six: Walker Creek Brides
Anita Hagen feels certain her heart is breaking, her dream to become a great actress cruelly dashed as her fourth acting teacher in less than a year quits! Her only thought is to find a quiet place where she can have a good cry, so why can’t she be left in peace? First, Sheriff Luke Braun follows her to the cemetery to inquire after her, but she shoos him away. The nerve of the man to ask her if he might court her now that she won’t be taking the theater world by storm.
Then the new preacher in Walker Creek, Texas, Reverend Chase Murray, shows up like a specter of the underworld and nearly scares her half to death. She’s never seen any clergyman before that looks like him with his midnight hair and turbulent blue eyes. A bachelor, he created quite the stir among the mothers of marriageable daughters on his first Sunday in church. Anita tries to shoo him away, too, until a sudden crack of thunder sends her shrieking straight into his arms.