The Bounty Hunter's Baby
(Love Inspired Historical)
by Erica Vetsch
Brought Together by a Baby
Esther is ready to run Thomas off her Texas ranch—until she spies the abandoned newborn in his arms. Soon, working together to care for the precious babe stirs old hopes of a family. With trouble heading to their door, they could overcome it together—if she'll entrust her wary heart to this sweet, second-chance family…
with Esther Jensen from
The Bounty Hunter's Baby by Erica Vetsch
My name is Esther Jensen, and I am alone. My mother died when I was young, my father took his own life a few years ago, and I have no siblings. I thought I had found a man who might love me forever, but he rode away a few days before my father died, taking my heart with him. The storekeeper’s wife, Trudy Clements, and the sheriff’s wife, Sarah Granville, are my friends in town, though I don’t see them often.
#2. What is the ONE thing you just CAN'T do without?
My ranch. Pa made me promise to hang onto it, no matter what. Though I’m doing my best, I’m not sure I can raise the tax money again this year. I’ve sold nearly everything of value, and I’m working hard as laundress…the tax date is coming much too quickly.
Not keeping my promise to my father and losing the ranch.
I reckon my stubbornness is both. It keeps me pushing forward when I want to quit, but it can also keep me holding onto something that I should’ve let go a long time ago. Like my feelings for Thomas Beaufort. What I feel for him refuses to go away.
#5. If you could change one thing in your life, past or present, what would it be?
I would learn in time that my pa’s ranch hands were rustling him blind. If he hadn’t been in such despair about being robbed, he wouldn’t have ended his life. I wouldn’t have been left alone. And I might’ve had the courage to tell Thomas how I felt about him before he left…though I don’t know about that. What if I declared my love for him only to have him ride off anyway?
That you have more strength than you reckon you do. That God knows every part of your story, and He loves you anyway.
In the immediate future, I see several more loads of laundry to wash, rinse, and hang out to dry. I try not to think much beyond the next job, or else I might despair. Who’s that coming down the road? Another cowboy with clothes that need laundered? Wait, that dog…that’s…Rip? And if Rip is here, Thomas Beaufort can’t be far behind.
Is it possible that my past is riding up my drive…possibly bringing my future?
Multi-published, best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and college basketball. She’s a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota, and she married her total opposite and soul mate! When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks. You can connect with her at her website, www.ericavetsch.com where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at https://www.facebook.com/EricaVetschAuthor/ where she spends way too much time!
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