Publication date: Aug. 2011
A Thrilling Adventure Sets Apart this Historical Romance
Texas Ranger Jake Nelson patrols the U.S.-Mexico border, protecting the settlers from cattle rustlers, outlaws, and bandits. Sparks fly when Manuel Diego stirs up a revolt against the government, which leads to the murder of a newspaperman, who is the son of a U.S. senator, and the kidnapping of his sister, Elizabeth Madison, a journalist in the making.
With Elizabeth's photograph in hand--a dark-haired beauty with smiling eyes--Jake rides over the border to find her. After the Rangers defeat the marauders and rescue Elizabeth, Jake is surprised to learn she's not the spoiled daughter of a senator that he was expecting. In fact, he finds himself taken by her. And she by him.
But the Mexicans won't give up that easily, as Elizabeth becomes the target of an all-out hunt. Leaving Elizabeth back at Fort Williams, Jake and his men set off again, this time to go after Diego himself--to apprehend him and his renegades and bring them all to justice.
Meanwhile, Jake knows what's begun between him and Elizabeth is undeniable. Amid all the turmoil, Jake finally admits how much he loves her. She tells him the same. Until now, they've lived in different worlds, yet it is those differences that drew them together.
Publication date: Aug. 2010
Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and kidnapping a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expects to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from him, but ends up with a feisty copperhaired orphan thrown over his shoulder who was on her way to marry Sullivan's bitter enemy. Emily McCarthy is an orphan out of options. Forced to marry because she was too old for her orphanage, she doesn't take kindly to her "rescue." Still she trusts God can turn any situation to good especially when it seems Sullivan may just be the man of her dreams. But Sullivan's crossed a dangerous man unused to losing and Emily may just be the prize he's unwilling to sacrifice.
--G. H. Zitzelsberger, District Judge (retired)
"A rousing good tale, sometimes so real I could smell sagebrush and hear cattle lowing, and in the distance, coyotes calling. You made me feel the vastness of the landscape. Heart-pounding action and gentle love. Yvonne Harris gets the Old West just right
--Mary Margret Daughtridge, author of SEALed with a Ring
"Emily McCarthy needs either a job or a husband. Since teaching posts for women are few and far between, Emily reluctantly accepts the mail-order-bride offer placed in the Chicago Daily Tribune by wealthy Montana rancher Bart Axel. On the way there, her stagecoach is held up. Luke Sullivan never intended to 'rescue' Emily; he simply wanted the money Axel had cheated his father out of years ago. However, when Luke sees Axel's fiance, he knows Emily has no idea of the kind of man she is about to marry, which leaves Luke with only one option: take Emily with him. Newcomer Harris enriches the plot with plenty of good, old-fashioned western ingredients, including cattle rustling, cowboys and Indians, evil villains, and a conflicted hero who is saved by the love of a good woman. Deftly imbued with both the realistic grit and the courageous spirit of those who settled the West, this is an excellent genre-crossing choice for both romance fans and western readers." --John Charles, Booklist
"Harris has created cowboy characters and a setting that will delight. This uncommon love story will melt your heart and have you applauding her wonderful debut novel." --Romantic Times Book Reviews
"...the reader cares for Emily, Luke, and the orphanage, and will find it difficult to put the story down. In all, The Vigilante's Bride serves as a debut to make Harris proud. And it offers a solid read for anyone who loves historical, faith-based romance." --Diane Gardner, ForeWord Reviews