IT'S MY BIRTHDAY AND I WANTED TO CELEBRATE WITH AN AUTHOR WHO I ADORE, E.E. BURKE!
The story of FUGITIVE HEARTS begins with a murder confession gone haywire. Hotel owner, Claire Daines approaches an inebriated Sheriff Frank McGarrity in the town saloon in her nightgown to confess she has just killed her husband. In addition to finding the body of Claire's husband dead, the young Billy, a boy Claire took in to care for is missing and could very well know all that happened the this horrid night.
Claire Daines has always been a paragon in town. The hotel owner is well liked and a hard worker who also cared for her ailing husband, but one night changes everything. Now Frank McGarrity must sift through the vague confession and lies to get to the bottom of what truly happened before sending a woman he has been holding a torch for to the hangman's noose. The new widow however has many secrets and she needs to find Billy before Frank does.
Before all is said and done Frank and Claire are faced with outlaws and danger in the search for truth and redemption. The more time they search for the truth, the deeper they become entwined in each other's lives and the feelings they share for one another begin to heat up. Can Claire actually trust Frank? Can Frank solve this mystery while falling deep for the winsome widow? Will Billy be able to understand that he isn't to blame for what's going on in his life? All these questions and more are answered in E.E. Burke's FUGITIVE HEARTS.
FUGITIVE HEARTS the fourth book in the Steam! Romance and Rails series is an exciting follow-up to
A DANGEROUS PASSION. Claire Daines has a lot on her plate with a husband who suffers from his memories of the war, the boy she has taken in due to his poor circumstances and the fact that her husband goes behind her back to sell her hotel. Even a strong woman can only take so much until breaking. Frank McGarrity has also suffered loss in his lifetime and has ended up using alcohol as his solace. He does his job well but beyond that, his life doesn't have a whole lot of meaning until Claire Daines disrupts his life.
Both Claire and Frank are strong and intriguing characters with fascinating beginnings. Billy is also a pivotal part of this story and for someone so young, he has a lot going on. FUGITIVE HEARTS is a well written and engrossing tale which takes place during a very unsettling time in US history. Ms. Burke has gone and effortlessly captured the aura of Westward expansion within the railroad and has made it her own. E.E. Burke has given the reader excitement and romance wound up in a gripping tale called FUGITIVE HEARTS.
|Author E.E. Burke|
After reading all four books in the Steam! Romance and Rails series, I asked E.E. Burke what her inspiration for the series was and here is her awesome response
When I set out to write an American historical romance series, I wanted to focus themes hard-wired into our national identity like ambition and self-determination, and events that figured large in driving rapid cultural changes. The most natural setting for stories brimming with passion and ambition is the most ambitious event in America’s history—the construction of the railroads. The historic events that occurred during the expansion of the railroads across America encapsulate the spirit of the times and make the perfect setting for love stories replete with conflicted emotions. In fact, the Railroad Period makes a perfect backdrop for uniquely American love stories.
Steam! Romance and Rails is a series about passion and ambition. Those are two of the most powerful drivers in human history, and when they come together an explosion is inevitable. These two force are evident in every story, whether it's about an Indian outlaw out to stop white encroachment, or a railroad chief determined to succeed, or a sheriff who'll stop at nothing to get to the truth and uphold the law.
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