Five Star, Jan 2003, 26.95, 373 pp.
In 1878 Harriet Jackson has been in love with Elijah Kelly forever, but he married Jordan Braddock. Stunned and dismayed, Harriet becomes engaged to Colorado's number one bachelor, wealthy Ash Brady. Her doubts about her future relationship rise as the ceremony gets closer. She wonders whether the groom will ever love the real Harriet or is he fulfilling an obligation with a societal trophy especially since he openly condemns her family?
Elizabeth “Lissy” Woodfin arrives in the Wyoming Territory seeking Elijah and his brother former Captain Malachi Kelly of the Seventh Cavalry to help her. Malachi wants nothing to do with the only woman he ever loved, but cannot resist helping her especially when “Harry” also comes to enlist his aid. As they share an adventure, Malachi wonders why he thought of Harriet as his pal Harry because he is falling in love with the woman who once worshipped his sibling.
Americana romance readers will relish COLORADO SUNRISE, a tale that emphasizes loyalty especially to loved one and friends even when the individual risks all they cherish to help. The characters make the plot as the key players come across fully developed, pushing the romance into a backseat yet turning the growing love between Malachi and Harriet into a beautiful realistic story line. Tess Pendergrass provides a delightful charmer with the third Colorado trilogy novel.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner