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When Sarah Merritt arrives in Dakota Territory in 1876, she steps off the dusty Cheyenne stagecoach determined to start this ramshackle gold-rush town's first newspaper. In Deadwood, her runaway younger sister, Addie, is living and working as domestic help at Mrs. Hossiter's boardinghouse, according to her letters. Five years after Addie's flight from home, Sarah is carrying the sad news that their one remaining parent, newspaper publisher Isaac Merritt, has died.

But when Sarah - tall, prim, and nearly a spinster at 25 - sets up her father's printing press in the middle of Main Street, she finds herself at loggerheads with Sheriff Noah Campbell. Headstrong and opinionated, with an auburn mustache and grinning gray eyes, he arrests her on the spot. And so begins an enmity between two willful individuals that can change only when they find themselves united in a common goal: to reclaim the Addie whom Sarah once knew.

But life is never simple. Mrs. Hossiter is more commonly known as Rosie in this bawdy frontier town, and Addie's work is as an "upstairs girl", not an upstairs maid. Addie is furious when Sarah turns up at the bordello - and she tells her proper sister to get out. What could have happened to change Addie so - and what can Sarah do to regain the sweet sister of her youth and bring her home again?

©1991 LaVyrle Spencer (P)2021 Tantor

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  • Lia
  • 14-08-2021

A good book with a great ending...

I agree that this isn't a typical LS book- but I still enjoyed it and don't agree with the other reviews downing it.
The setting is 1876 out west in Dakota Territory. Sarah Merritt has just buried her father and with a few belongs, including her father's newspaper printing press, sets out to find her lost sister Addie. She arrives in Deadwood- a minor's town full of nothing but mining bachelors and the sheriff Noah Campbell. She tracks her sister down living in the local brothel house, establishes a local newspaper with the help of a town drunk, and knocks heads with the sheriff every step of the way. Romance is begun between Sarah and Noah with plenty of ups and downs while Sarah tries to establish a relationship between she and Addie. Addie doesn't want see Sarah and Sarah never did understand why Addie ran away from home leaving no word- though she always did seem to be Father's favorite out of the 2. Addie left behind a sweetheart that still mourns for her love. Sarah sends word back home to Robert that she has found Addie- only for Robert to pick up stakes and come out to Dakota, too, hoping to find out why Addie left him. Just when things seem to be coming around the secret is out and Sarah has some facing to do about her past, as well as Addie facing her future. Though this one wasn't as powerful as LS's others I still enjoyed it and will recommend it to others to enjoy.

Emily Sutton-Smith was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • Connie
  • 08-08-2021

An amazing love story and the power of forgiveness

This book has always been a favorite of mine. I love the characters and setting in Deadwood SD at a time of it’s early growth. Mrs. Spencer does a magnificent job of characterization, with her picturesque descriptions and weaving the theme of forgiveness through the entire book. I’m so glad to finally find her books coming out in audio. Good narration, too. Highly recommend this wonderful redeeming love story.

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