InArizona, April Reynolds, sophisticated and city bred, unexpectedly falls in love with rugged frontier woman Mandy Wells Together they face the difficult challenges of a brutal physical environment, as well as harsh treatment with potentially devastating consequences from an intolerant society Their quest for a peaceful life free of violence and harassment leads to a treacherous journey from the infamous Lost Dutchman Mine to the fledgling tourist village of Palm Springs and then the new and growing community of Los Angeles Along the way, they encounter a startling array of criminal activity, much of it placing them directly in harm s way Driven by a deepening love for each other and a continuing wish for a life of tranquillity, April and Mandy reluctantly embrace a perilous series of challenges as they pursue their elusive goal


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  1. Lissa Lissa says:

    April Reynolds travels to Arizona Territory in 1886, pretending that she has been hired to tutor a few children Her real intentions, however, are to locate the Lost Dutchman Mine, inform her crooked fiance about where it is, and then rob the owner blind But, along the way, she falls in love with Mandy Wells, the one person in town who might know where the Lost Dutchman Mine is located.I really wanted to enjoy this book Not many lesbian romances non contemporary, and historical western roman April Reynolds travels to Arizona Territory in 1886, pretending that she has been hired to tutor a few children Her real intentions, however, are to locate the Lost Dutchman Mine, inform her crooked fiance about where it is, and then rob the owner blind But, along the way, she falls in love with Mandy Wells, the one person in town who might know where the Lost Dutchman Mine is located.I really wanted to enjoy this book Not many lesbian romances non contemporary, and historical western romances seem to be quite lacking in lesbian publishing right now Plus I was looking forward to reading about the discrimination that Mandy and April faced, and how they managed to stay together as a couple and keep themselves hidden from people who would surely condemn them for being lesbians.Except that isn t the story I got.First off, I have to say that the characters are two dimensional The entire story is told from April s perspective, which automatically gives us little insight into the other characters Not that I imagine much is there April is vapid enough And April s nefarious fiance is over the top evil he doesn t seem like he could be a real person at all He seemslike a vaudeville villain, standing on the edge of the stage twirling his mustache in the shadows.Everything is also resolved quickly and without little conflict Once April finds herself stranded in Arizona this is all part of the ploy to gain Mandy s trust, which will hopefully lead to Mandy telling April where the mine is located , Mandy quickly offers her shelter at her own ranch April s fiance conveniently dies, taking with them the secrets of April s initial intentions And who needs to worry about money view spoiler It turns out that Mandy has been collecting money from the Lost Dutchman Mine for years, so they havethan enough to live on for the rest of their lives hide spoiler There s also no conflict about April having a woman for a lover In a time period where being a lesbian would be nothing short of scandalous, April seems to accept it without question, although until meeting Mandy, she was firmly heterosexual but, hey, Mandy makes April realize that sex can be enjoyed, soapparently April wasn t that pleased with her sexual relationship with her former fiance And although it s stressed that they have to keep their relationship secret from those who aren t in the fold, they seem to conveniently find enough people who are also lesbians so they re not totally isolated damn it, I live in the 21st Century in the United States, and I swear, Mandy and April have foundlesbians in a sparsely populated Arizona Territory than I have in western Colorado I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn t If there had beentension and depth, with problems that don t just fade away in a chapter or two, I think the book would have been muchenjoyable As it stands, I can only give this book two stars, and that isfor effort than anything else