By Stephanie Grace Whitson
It is 1876, and 20-year-old Mattie Flynn is set to make a clean commence after fleeing from her sinister boss within the playing residence the place she used to be hired as a singer. Mattie travels to Deadwood, South Dakota, looking for her more youthful brother, who went prior to her in hopes of constructing a fortune within the gold mines. All Mattie desires is a secure and first rate lifestyles for the 2 of them, yet that does not appear to be her future as she faces extra heartache and trials. Will the suspicious bottles of gold airborne dirt and dust from her brother's declare be the main to her future...or does the good-looking highway preacher, who's constantly turning the opposite cheek, actually carry the solutions to her private longings?
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She wore a little jacket most of the time and tied a beautiful paisley shawl about her when she didn’t wear the jacket. But Swede hadn’t survived in a man’s world alone by taking up with strangers and inviting them on the trail without becoming a student of people. She’d known about that pistol all along, and she’d even slept with the rifle she called Old Bess beside her for several nights on the trail. But as the days wore on Swede realized that Mattie O’Keefe was just what she seemed—a beautiful woman running from an unknown past toward a promise.
How was that possible? Sinking to her knees, Mattie leaned forward and plunged her hands into the fresh earth. He’d always had weak lungs. He never should have come here. Working in the frigid water . . and why didn’t he see the doctor at the first signs of the grippe? Picturing Dillon sick and alone on his claim . . she let the tears slide down her cheeks. She would never hear him sing again . . and they wouldn’t be building a new life after all . . and she was afraid. As grief and disappointment and fear washed over her, Mattie began to rock back and forth, back and forth.
In a flash Mattie snatched her Colt from beneath the edge of the pallet. She sat up, her heart racing. When nothing more happened, Swede began to hum softly. Eva stopped crying. Freddie must have gotten up and checked outside. He spoke in low tones. “They went on up the street. I’m right here in the doorway. I’ll take care of you. It’s all right, Mor. ” After a few minutes, Mattie put her gun back under the edge of her pallet and lay back down. She had no doubt that sweet, simple, sixteen-year-old Freddie Jannike would protect his family or die trying.
A Claim of Her Own by Stephanie Grace Whitson