|About the Book|
Set in the 1880s, beautiful Bostonian Phillipa, pampered and rich, as a naive seventeen year old girl believes she is in love with suave Armand, a sophisticated roué, who seduces her, leaving her pregnant. To save the family honor, her father forcesMoreSet in the 1880s, beautiful Bostonian Phillipa, pampered and rich, as a naive seventeen year old girl believes she is in love with suave Armand, a sophisticated roué, who seduces her, leaving her pregnant. To save the family honor, her father forces her to marry unaware Scotty MacTavish, a fur trader from the Oregon Country, who is smitten with her and will take her to the far West. Because she is like some exotic, exquisite flower to Scotty, he doesn’t take into consideration that she is not the type of frontier woman that he needs and in his blindness, is overwhelmed to be her husband. After a secret, very quick marriage, the couple leave because they are facing winter snows in the Rockies. Scotty’s young wife is so emotionally damaged by her reckless tryst with Armand and then not having the most elaborate wedding of the year in Boston, is so cold towards Scotty that he allows her to reject him as a husband. His wife, unaccustomed to the rigors and hardships of several weeks of horseback riding, camping out in the elements in the crudest of conditions, never having experienced any type of work, miscarries and faces the declaration by Scotty that she must make a decision after he learns the truth of the baby she miscarried: Either treat him as her husband or she can return to her parents and confinement in a convent.They reach the Hudson Bay Fort and Phillipa finds that her new home, rather than the huge mansion that her parents had, is a tight, two room log cabin chinked with clay, wood floor, wood range, no indoor plumbing, but clean and comfortable, much better than most single men build. The first night there, the local people come and throw a shivaree. Phillipa gets her introduction to whiskey, not realizing she is growing to love Scotty, that night throws out her inhibitions and exuberantly participates fully in making love with Scotty. He is in love and is almost destroyed the next morning when she, in her ignorance of healthy sexual relations, charges him with “being a beast like Armand.” In an emotional defense, he loads his eight-mule pack train with supplies and traps that he uses in bartering with the Indians for pelts and goes out to do his fur trading. As he leaves, Phillipa realizes that she is in love with him and hopes that he will return.While Scotty is gone, he spends time with his old Indian friends, Chief Shosho and his beautiful daughter, Golden Moon, who wants Scotty as her man and will do what she can to get him.Phillipa is left defenseless, is unable yet to cope with her horse, runs out of supplies, catches the eye of a rough, dirty mountain man, is almost raped and must learn the ways of a frontier woman if she is to survive. Can she adapt to being a pioneer? Can she learn to defend herself? Can she accept frontier life? Does she love Scotty enough to be his wife and helpmate so that they can be happy as a couple, for Scotty now will take no less.This is an historical romance novel with true-life experiences and a love that flames in and out in this young couple.