While on holiday in Montana, Hope meets local boy Cal Crow, a ranch hand. Caught in a freak accident, the two of them take shelter in a mountain cabin where Hope makes a strange discovery. More than a hundred years earlier, another English girl met a similar fate. Her rescuer: a horse-trader called Nate.
In this wild place, both girls learn what it means to survive and to fall in love, neither knowing that their fates are intimately entwined.
Firstly: oh my gods! After the slightly disappointing story of Inglis' first novel City of Halves, I wasn't all too sure about this. But very quickly I realised that her writing style and pace had improved but not lost her love and knowledge of history.
I started preferring Hope's story to Emily's, as it was the modern one, but very quickly I fell completely in love with Emily and Nate. Both couples were somewhat forced together but came to love each other because of who they were, what they had to survive together, and understand each other's perspectives.
Both girls stories were so romantic, proper sweeping, whole hearted romance with great build up and epic landscapes. Set in Montana, this was perfect for both girls. Cut off from everything, even in modern times, you were really one with nature and had to depend on the land, like the original pioneers. I so felt for Emily, her circumstances were not the best but her parents wanted her to be happy. It was also shocking to believe they were pushing her into marriage without explaining, well anything! Like a different world, the past; the historical research was evident in Emily's story, from her arranged marriage to the Native American tribes.
I was happily surprised by how much I loved this. I fell completely in love, like you wouldn't believe, with Emily and Nate. And the connection with the modern story, Cal's family history, Hope's mirrored part - just excellent story telling. I think I have a new favourite historical romance!
Published 3rd September 2015 by Chicken House. Thank you to the publisher for my copy in exchange for an honest review.