Lonestar Sanctuary (Lonestar Series)
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In the quiet safety of the Bluebird Ranch, old promises resurface and unexpected love brings new hope.
Though tragedy has wrecked her life, Allie Siders holds on to the hope that her five-year-old daughter, Betsy, will speak again. But with a stalker out for revenge, all Allie can think about now is their safety. She must sever all ties and abandon life as she knows it. She heads to the peaceful Bluebird Ranch, nestled deep in Texas hill country, and to the only person who can help them.
The ranch is a sanctuary for abused horses, and also for troubled youths: the perfect place for Betsy to grow and recover. Ranch owner Elijah DeAngelo eagerly welcomes the duo. But Rick Bailey―the ranch foreman and DeAngelo's right hand man―hasn't decided to let his guard down . . . yet.
Promises made long ago soon force Rick and Allie to work together to escape danger. Will they discover love along the way?
jingle of horse tack, the good scent of horse and cattle. Allie would miss the rodeo. And El Paso. Even this little trailer had come to feel like home after so many years. Yolanda flopped onto the bed, her black cornrows bouncing on her shoulders. “I’m scared for you, girl. You’ll be alone, without anyone to help you with Betsy. Let me tag along for luck.” “You’re going to win the barrel race this year, Yo. I can’t take that away from you. We’ll be fine.” Allie’s purse sat on the nightstand
away. “We know she’s here,” the leader said. “You might have married her, but we still need to talk to her.” He should have known they would know about the marriage. The feds always had their ducks in a row. “Look, she had nothing to do with the illegal aliens. She reported what she saw, that’s all.” “Actually, we already know that,” the guy said. “We’re not here to arrest her. And her in-laws have dropped the kidnapping charge now that they know where she is. They’ll be along to sort that
to set a resort. The park borders us on one side, which would be convenient. Not much available with those amenities.” “Perhaps not,” Ifera conceded. “But really, I didn’t want it bad enough to kill him. After all, the new owner wouldn’t necessarily be ready to sell either.” “She’s not. She’s my daughter, and I’ll make sure it’s here for her when she’s ready.” It was a slightly premature statement since the adoption wouldn’t be final until Friday. “Of course.” Ifera’s head bobbed in agreement.
under her legs. She patted his sleek neck. “It’s hard for the horse if you come at the barrel straight on,” she said, urging her horse to a trot. “I’m going to go slow at first and show you the angles.” Jackson responded to the pressure of her knees on his sides and the reins on his neck. The gelding went around the barrel completely, then turned to cross to the other barrel. With his body tipping to the right, Allie felt the saddle give a little. She tried to adjust her position when she felt
face. His eyes blazed with a passion she hadn’t seen in a man’s face in too long. Did they dare have a real marriage? Staring into her husband’s face, Allie thought she might risk it. SOME PROTECTOR HE WAS. RICK TUCKED BETSY INTO BED, THEN CAME downstairs and watched his wife’s face in the glow of lamplight as the group played Yahtzee after dinner. Someone had tried to hurt her twice now, and he’d had to stand back and watch it happen. It was hard to fight a phantom. He’d called Brendan