Terrified of being deported back to the impoverished country of her birth, Francesca answers an ad placed by Wyoming rancher and former doughboy Kent Reed. As their contracted year together passes, Francesca begins to ask if she is cook and housekeeper to Kent...or a secretly sought mail-order bride as the meddling neighbors insist?
Williams explores the powerful pull of love and endurance through an intriguing page-turner full of heartache, romance, and overcoming hardship. Set against the captivating frontier of Wyoming, Willow Vale is the developing saga of two strangers struggling with their own demons who manage to create a life together.
Readers will feel the passion and experience the determination exhibited not only by Francesca, but by Kent Reed as well. Willow Vale is an excellent choice for those interested in historical fiction, romance, and the pull of the Wyoming frontier.
"Christine" Alethea Williams grew up in boom-and-bust southwest Wyoming, with her nose perpetually in a book while living in a world of robust railroad workers and trona miners. She attended every writing class available, from poetry to creative nonfiction, absorbing her teachers’ knowledge of mastering the writing craft and their experience of publishing. Williams has contributed a monthly newspaper column, won writing awards, and published short stories. Willow Vale is her first novel. A past president of Wyoming Writers, she presently lives in the Northwest with her husband, a rescued senior dog, and her long-time friend, Amazon parrot Bob.
The title, published by Jargon Media LLC, is available to purchase through Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Amazon.com, plus direct sales through the publisher’s website at www.jargon-media.com/
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