The Calamity Janes: Cassie and Karen
Mira, Apr 28 2015, $7.99
“Do You Take This Rebel?” Almost a decade ago in Winding River, Wyoming, pregnant Cassie Collins left town carrying her boyfriend Cole Davis’ baby; vowing to raise her child as a single mom. She became a waitress while providing a home for her son Jake. When Jake learns of his mom’s ten year high school reunion, he schemes to raise the money so she can attend. Cole never forgave Cassie for abandoning him ten years ago, but when they meet each knows they still love the other. However, Cole demands Cassie tell him who Jake’s biological dad is, but she fears money talks in court; as she believes he and his wealthy dad will legally take her beloved son from her.
“Courting the Enemy”. Grady Blackhawk wants to buy Karen Hason’s ranch. Though she needs the money, Karen stubbornly refuses to sell to him because her late husband made her pledge to do nothing with Grady. Besides wanting the spread once belonging to his ancestors, Grady also wants the widow he loves. However, her doubts hammered home by her deceased spouse leaves her thinking Grady covets the ranch not her.
The reprints of the first two Calamity Janes novels (published in 2001) are pleasant rural romances in which extended family matters, but not necessarily in a positive way.