Leah Masters faints at the feet of the man she wants most to impress when she arrives in Santa Fe to meet charismatic Federal Judge Bartholomew Durant. She also steps into an assassination plot with her brother as prime suspect.
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Send a White Rose
Send a White Rose
While meeting New Mexico Territorial Judge Bartholomew Durant, Leah Masters steps into an assassination attempt, her brother's imprisonment for murder, resentment from a best friend with a cavalry sword, and a rival in the form of a beautiful and godly best friend. While cleaning house and keeping accounts she falls in love with a bitter, scornful suitor whose opinion she's too afraid to change.
Bartholomew struggled to move, but his limbs did not seem to belong to him. The sun climbed higher. His injuries throbbed with dull insistence.
"Help!" he groaned. It was faint, barely recognizable as a word.
"What? Another dead man?" The words were Spanish. The voice was that of a small child, curious and unafraid.
“Por favor, niño, ayúdame,” he said thickly. "Go to the city and bring help."
"Oh, no, I cannot bring anybody here. They will find the things I took and papa will beat me again."
"I promise no one will harm you if you bring help. Please, I may die if you don't."
"You talk an awful lot for a gringo muerto. I have things to do."
Bartholomew caught sight of a half-wild rose climber in the chapel garden. White roses.
"You -- you know la Señorita Alethia at the Orphanage? I am sure ... she would give you a sweet … if you ... pick the prettiest white rose on that bush over there and take it to her."
"It is a good thing I have my burro, or I would not go. It is a long way. I will be back later, but I will not have any more time to waste on you, dead man. I hope you will be quiet, like the other one is."
Bartholomew did not answer, and the footsteps shuffled away.