Open Country (Blood Rose Trilogy)
by Kaki Warner
How do you forgive a brother's betrayal? How far do you go to protect the family you love? Hank and Molly find out in OPEN COUNTRY, Book II of the 1870s family saga, the Blood Rose Trilogy. Molly McFarlane is as desperate as a woman can get. Forced to flee with her late sister's children, she must provide for her wards while outrunning the relentless tracker the children's vicious stepfather has set on their trail. Out of money and with no other options, she marries a man badly injured in a train derailment, assuming when he dies, the railroad settlement will provide the money they need to keep moving West.
But there is one small problem. The man doesn't die.
Hank Wilkins doesn't recall the accident he barely survived-and he certainly doesn't remember marrying Molly. But as he slowly recovers at the Wilkins ranch in New Mexico Territory, the idea of a real marriage takes hold...until his memory returns, and that fragile trust is shattered, and the tracker follows Molly to the ranch. Then things really start to unravel.
My view of OPEN COUNTRY by Kaki Warner
OPEN COUNTRY is the second book of the Blood Rose Trilogy by Kaki Warner. In this book Kaki Warner takes us through the post Civil War era when the South was trying to come to grips with their loss of the war and the destroyed homes and families left behind. Molly McFarlane is a daring woman who runs with her niece and nephew after the death of her sister to protect them from their deadly step-father. They are being hunted by a monster who wants something they have. A train wreck presents a possible way to escape the monster that is following them. Hank Wilkins is badly injured and expected to die. Molly marries Hank expecting to collect the death benefit when Hank dies. Then the strong Wilkins family and crew come in and take over. The danger still remains for Molly and her niece and nephew and follows them to the ranch. Hank starts to remember but he doesn't remember Molly.