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High Lonesome
by Stacey Coverstone   

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Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press ISBN-10:  1601544731 Type: 


ISBN-13:  9781601544735

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Stacey Coverstone, Romance Author

Scott Landry, steadfast owner of the High Lonesome Guest Ranch in Ghost Rock, New Mexico, happens across a dark-haired beauty who has been assaulted and left for dead in the high desert. She's suffering from amnesia--remembering nothing about the attack, where she's from, or even her name. From the moment Scott lays eyes on the woman they come to call "Beth", he knows everything in his life is about to change.

While recuperating, Beth embraces ranch life and grows close to the sexy, widowed cowboy and his precocious young daughter Willow--discovering a happiness and peace she suspects she's never known. But she experiences terrifying flashbacks and visions of a little girl. When she learns the truth about her life and returns to an uncertain fate, she wonders if she'll ever be safe again...

Contemporary western romance.

Scott Landry rolled to a stop and threw his pickup into park. He switched off the radio, which had been blaring country music, and leaned across the seat to crank the passenger window all the way down.

The woman shuffling down the dirt road stopped and turned her head. He peered at her. The thing he noticed first was her emerald-colored eyes. Second, he noted her disheveled appearance. He was thirty-two. He guessed her to be close to his age. Her face was pretty, but smudged with dirt, and her long ebony hair was tangled and unkempt. She wore sweat pants and a fitted tee shirt, which outlined the curvature of her small breasts, but the shirt was ripped along the shoulder. She didn't carry a purse or backpack. Not even a bottle of water.

"Hello," Scott called. "Can I help you? You look lost."

The woman stared at him with a blank expression.

It was apparent she was out of her element and needed assistance. He pushed open the squeaky door and stepped out of the truck. As he sauntered around to the front, the woman's eyes grew wide and she sprinted down the road.

"Wait!" Scott hollered, running after her. He punched down his cowboy hat to keep it from flying off.

She hadn't gotten a hundred feet when she collapsed to the ground like a rag doll. Scott rushed to her, knelt down, and found her unconscious. Lifting her head, his touch was gentle when he patted her cheek.

"Come on, ma'am. Wake up." He laced his fingers around her neck and raised her into his lap. As she lay limp, he saw an angry purple bruise splotching the inside of her arm. When he brushed the waterfall of hair out of her eyes, he spied a lump on her forehead. It was as big as a goose egg.

Scott's gaze raked over the angelic-looking woman. She was built small--no heavier than a feather in his arms--and her skin was flawless. He noted the smattering of freckles across her upturned nose, long eyelashes, and heart-shaped lips. He couldn't begin to imagine how she'd found herself wandering the desert in the shape she was in. He placed his hand on her uninjured arm and jiggled until she stirred.

When she came to, her eyes got enormous. She gasped and struggled to break free from his grasp.

"I'm not gonna hurt you," Scott drawled. "You fainted. Let me help you up." He offered his hand.

She searched his tanned, unshaven face. With a wary look in her eye, she placed her hand in his and let him pull her off the ground.

Professional Reviews

Candace Morehouse, Reading New Mexico
High Lonesome is a sweet western contemporary romance and probably the best I've read, ever. This is the third book by Stacey Coverstone that I've reviewed and with each one I become a bigger fan. Her easy reading style of writing and ability to deftly depict a deep relationship between a man and a woman is a pleasure to read. The author has the ability to make you laugh, to cry, and to root for the hero and heroine as they sort out their problems and find a way to be together. Although Ms. Coverstone lives in Maryland, her love and affection for New Mexico is apparent. It's hard for an author who has never spent a lot of time in a location to depict it accurately, yet Ms. Coverstone does. I thoroughly enjoyed High Lonesome. For a sweet western romance filled with rich emotion and a plot that keeps you reading from beginning to end, High Lonesome fits the bill. Yeehaw, Ms. Coverstone, and keep 'em coming, darlin'!

Diana Coyle, Night Owl Romance Reviews
5/5 Stars!
Ms. Coverstone did a remarkable job with the storyline that she chose. I fell in love with Scott early on because of all the good deeds he was doing for Beth and he wasn’t even asking for anything in return. I found him to be a ruggedly handsome cowboy with a heart of gold and I had hoped that maybe Beth was single after all. My heart bled for poor Beth because she had no idea who she was, what happened to her or even how she ended up in the desert of Ghost Rock, New Mexico. She was so lucky that Scott found her and took it upon himself to help her during one of the darkest and roughest times in her life. The storyline was extremely believable and Ms. Coverstone carved the characters out to be everyday people. I would definitely recommend High Lonesome to readers because the author did such a great job writing this story. I was completely engrossed and swept away by this story and I know you’ll agree with me once you read it. Well done, Ms. Coverstone!

Camellia, The Long and the Short of It Reviews
In her wonderful story of second chances, Stacey Coverstone has the reader rooting for Scott Landry and the frightened woman with amnesia immediately. High Lonesome is not only the name of Scott's ranch, but it also tells so much about the hero and heroine. Scott, a widower who is looking for love in all the wrong places, finds himself drawn to the woman he found injured and wandering on the road. Hers is the ultimate lonesome. Stacey Coverstone creates tense moments making the reader worry about this woman's safety and well-being at times. But the undercurrent of caring and doing "what the Good Book says" carries the plot along. The secondary characters of Willow, Joanna, and Jack add depth to High Lonesome. Some of the characters are so lovable you want to hug them while others are so self-centered and even dangerous, you are happy you don't have to deal with them. Some of the other supporting characters add humor. High Lonesome is a sweet love story put together so skillfully, the reader doesn't want to put the book down.

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