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Some of you may have read my other historical stories, most of which take place about twenty years later than the Red Petticoat Saloon series and on the other side of the Sierras, where I hang out a lot. My husband and I love traveling through ghost towns and now we have a whole new area we plan to get to know better. After doing the research it took in order for Marie Therese O'Sullivan to leave her family in Ireland during the Great Hunger, also known as the Potato Famine and travel thousands of miles to eventually join the staff at the Red Petticoat Saloon, I became fascinated with how the pioneers traveled before trains criss-crossed the entire country. Their intrepid spirits, setting out when odds were at least some of each group would be struck by disease or natural disaster, possibly attacked by any number of possible foes, surpassed anything I can imagine summoning. Not to mention they walked most of the way to spare the animals.
And once the research was complete, I fell deeply in love with Dirk and Marie Therese/Topaz who were subject to perhaps more of these trials than most in their journey toward a possible future together.
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Topaz's Trials by Kate Richards
They are starving...
Marie Therese O'Sullivan, soon to be known as Topaz for her golden brown eyes and hair, is willing to do anything to save her family from the Great Hunger in Ireland, including travel in steerage all the way to faraway America and then by rail and wagon train to the West Coast where a job awaits. If she can earn a little money to send home, she'll do any job. If only the advertisement had a little more information about what the job required...
The Gold Rush is good for business...
And Dirk Clemens' business is acting as wagon master for groups of these intrepid travelers willing to face every danger possible crossing the plains, deserts and mountains to have a chance to get their share of the gold. He doesn't mind the occasional night with a willing woman but avoids innocents like Marie Therese O'Sullivan like the plague. Defiling virgins is not good for business. And this virgin needs rescuing every time he turns around.
A deadly storm throws them together...
And the spark between them flares into flame, making the virgin issue moot. But it's only the first disaster they face together and from which he must rescue her. The greatest awaits them on their arrival in California where the worst happens. To both of them. Madam Jewel and Gabriel Vasquez of the Red Petticoat Saloon offer shelter to so many orphans of the storm, but Topaz has been through so much. Perhaps her fire has been quenched.
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About The Red Petticoat series:
The Red Petticoat Saloon series is a collection of books written by #1 and USA Today bestselling authors. Each book tells the unique story of a different woman, 'a gem', who comes to the saloon to find a safe haven and discovers they become part of a family. Recurring characters appear in each book to allow readers a continuity as they learn about the women who have learned to bend but have not broken under the harshness that life has to offer. It is a series where strong, loving men find not only entertainment at the saloon but the special women who reside under its roof.
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