January 20, 2014 by Jen Cudmore
It’s finally time for the release of my next story! Willow Ridge: Volume 1 will be available in only ten days! This is the next portion of the romantic western series The Lawmen of Clayton County.
These stories are set in the Pacific Northwest just after the Great Migration across the Oregon Trail, when settlers began populating the Willamette Valley and spreading out across the territory. I scrunched the fictitious Clayton County between modern day Skamania and Klickitat counties. The series focuses on three small towns and the settlers’ attempt to create a structure of laws and justice.
In Athena Creek Volume 1 & 2, you met Marshal Trace Ingram, who fought to keep a controlling businessman from murdering innocent people to get his way.
In Willow Ridge, you’ll meet Barrett Walcott, a man on the run from the law in California.
Summary: While hiding from the law in Willow Ridge, a small trapping town suddenly made famous by the discovery of gold, Barrett Walcott develops a reputation of being someone the townsfolk can all count in times of need. But Willow Ridge isn’t the simple community it used to be, and Amelia O’Conner, a long time resident, is becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the influx of miners. The only unmarried white female in the area, she’s displeased with the current prospects for husbands, until two male visitors catch her interest.
Raised in a nearby Indian village, Morning Rain feels trapped by an arranged marriage. After the death of her father, she decides to learn more about the culture of the white man, her father’s people. Over time, she grows more confused over whether to return to her Indian family or stay in town with her uncle and Amelia, as well as Barrett – if he chooses to stay. Barrett lives in fear that his new friends will discover his past, and the stolen money he’s hiding in his saddlebags. When Barrett’s past finally catches up with him, putting the townsfolk in danger, can Barrett protect them, earn their forgiveness, and finally be free from the mistakes of his past?
For an excerpt of the prologue, click here.
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