February 25, 2017

Calder Pride by Janet Dailey

By Janet Dailey

Cat Calder is grief afflicted whilst her younger fiance is killed in a automobile coincidence. Emotionally devastated and weak, Cat's ultimate night on the town - intended to be spent with shut collage buddies - ends as an alternative within the hands of a good-looking, gray-eyed stranger. 9 months later, Cat offers beginning to a fit child boy and increases him within the protecting bosom of her robust family members; every little thing alterations the day a lawman - with arresting grey eyes - arrives in Blue Moon, Montana. Logan Echohawk hasn't ever forgotten that evening or the attractive stranger, and it simply takes one lengthy examine the boy to grasp that the short, passionate stumble upon had created a baby. whereas Cat struggles to come back to grips with Logan's visual appeal, an enemy's long-smouldering thirst for revenge flares to existence, threatening Logan, Cat, and their cherished son. Will Logan's education as a lawman be sufficient to avoid wasting his relations? or even if every person survives, will Cat have the braveness to probability her middle and love back?

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Others joined in the familiar hymn. Suddenly the service that had seemed unendurably long was over much too soon, and a quietly weeping Norma Taylor was led from her son’s casket. It was Cat’s turn. Numbly she stepped forward and placed the bright red rose, still in tight bud, atop the floral spray. Her fingers lingered an instant on the velvet petals. Then the pressure of her father’s hands guided her away from the grave and toward the Taylors. In wordless sympathy she embraced the woman who would have been her mother-in-law.

A silence hung in the study, the air still charged with the woman’s emotional outpouring. It held Cat motionless until she heard the click of the front door closing. Uneasy and chilled by the encounter, she crossed to the study window and looked out, watching as the couple made their way to the battered pickup truck. ” But every time she tried to summon some compassion, Cat remembered the look of malevolence the old woman had given her. Even now it made her want to shudder. “In a tragedy like this, innocent people on both sides suffer from it,” her father stated.

Loyalty. Cat wanted to laugh with relief. At the same time she was ashamed that she had forgotten the strong bond that linked her family with the small cadre of families whose ancestors had been trail hands on that first cattle drive and stayed to help her great-grandfather Benteen Calder build the Triple C. It was a holdover from the West’s early days when taking a man’s pay meant you “rode for the brand” and fought his fights, standing beside him, right or wrong. It was an old code of living that ran both ways; to attack a man’s rider, provoked or not, was the same as attacking the man.

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