There are many secrets around the Big G and Appleby Oil. When revealed, will they ruin lives or make them better?
Lizzie has a decision to make, while she keeps the secret about her baby. Amy has married Glen but has escalating doubts about him. They don’t live as man and wife, and he encourages her to sacrifice her morals. Rachel wants nothing more than to return to Philadelphia, but can she leave Joshua? And when he tells her his secret, what will her reaction be?
Follow the continuing story as these secrets are played out in book four of the Big G Ranch series. Isabella Kole and Sheri Lynn have woven a tale about the old west, a ranch, an oil company, and the residents of a small town in Oklahoma. Although they can be read as standalones, you will enjoy reading all of them.
Publisher’s note: This sweet story contains a theme of power exchange.
“I do?” Rachel asked, surprised. She looked up and into the eyes of the man she loved. “Joshua!” She couldn’t tell if he was angry or relieved.
“Good afternoon, Rachel,” he said. “I hope I am not intruding. I’ve come to take you home.”
“I-I am home,” she said quietly.
“I have some things to do in the kitchen. You will stay for supper, won’t you, Joshua?”
“I would like that, ma’am. I do need to go to my hotel to clean up first. But I would like to speak with your niece alone first if I may?”
“Of course. I’ll just be in the kitchen.” Mary left the room with a grin on her face.
When she was gone, Joshua looked at Rachel. “May I sit?”
“Suit yourself. Just don’t get the furniture dirty.”
He ignored her remark and sat down across from her. “What on earth were you thinking, leaving like that without a note for your parents? You could have at least told Sarah where you were going.”
“Why? So she could try to stop me?”
He helped himself to a cup of tea before replying. After taking a sip, Joshua said, “I am trying very hard not to be angry with you, young lady. I understand you being upset about the Beecher boys. But my gut tells me you were planning this trip regardless. But to go off without a word to anyone is very irresponsible.”
“Mrs. Richards knew I was leaving.”
“Thank God for that.”
“Do my parents know you are here?”
“Yes, and I am here with their blessing,” he said.
“If you think I am going back there, you are—”
Her words were cut off as Joshua stood, came over to her and jerked her up. His lips descended on hers in a kiss that spoke of passion, dominance, anger, and desire.
“Now, you were saying?” he asked when he let her go.
“I said if you think—”
Again, he cut her off but this time with words. “You will come back with me. And furthermore, you will come back as my wife. This nonsense has gone on long enough, Rachel. I love you, and you love me. There is no reason under the sun we shouldn’t be together. Your mixed-up notions of the man you should marry are just that. Mixed-up notions.”
“Who do you think you are, coming into my aunt’s home and ordering me around like this? I’ve already told you I can’t marry you.”
“But you didn’t really mean it. Now, this is what is going to happen. I am going to go back to my hotel and get cleaned up after the long train ride. Then I will come back for supper with you and your aunt. Tomorrow, we will go see my family. In the next few days, we will get married, spend a few days here, and then catch the train back home. Am I making myself clear?”