Rusty Flanagan has always wanted a piece of land to call his own.
After years as the foreman on Ryan's Ranch, he's ready to work for himself. When the perfect property becomes available near Hidden Springs, he discovers to his dismay that he isn't the only party interested. He has no idea of the challenge he is about to face.
Sponsored by a wealthy matron, Charlotte Drake moved out West with hopes of becoming a dancer. What she never imagined was ending up as a dance hall girl, having to work off her debt on her back. Unwilling to resign to her fate, she meets the one man who could change her life.
While Charlotte struggles to find a way out, and Rusty fights against a greedy land baron, the last thing they expect to discover is love. As they grow closer, each makes a sacrifice that could destroy their chance of happiness.
Can they make their dreams come true or will they stay dancing in the dark?
***Mature themes - sex and violence**
This 1914 novel of frontier romance by “the greatest Western writer of all time” was the basis for the classic film starring Victor Jory (Jackson Cain, author of Hellbreak Country).Feeling constrained by her high-society life back east, Madeline Hammond decides to join her brother Alfred at his cattle ranch in El Cajon, New Mexico. But she gets a rude introduction to frontier living when she encounters a drunken cowboy named Gene Stewart. Though his rough demeanor is a shock to Madeline’s refined sensibilities, she comes to realize that he means no harm—and soon learns there are far worse characters for her to worry about. There are some bad men who would do anything to see Alfred run off his land. While Gene tries to prove to Madeline that he can change for the better, tensions in El Cajon are on the rise. And when violence breaks out, Madeline discovers courage matters a lot more than manners on the frontier
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