by Victoria Thompson
Avon Books 1990


Though well past marrying age, innocent schoolmarm Isabel Forester arrived at Bittercreek, Texas, to discover she was a prized commodity.  A severe shortage of women in the rough-and-tumble frontier community had every bachelor - but one - vying for her affections.  The lone holdout was Eben Walker - a man of mystery, a man of scruples...and the only eligible male Isabel truly coveted.

 But the virile blacksmith refused to participate in Bittercreek's spirited contest to compromise the headstrong spinster.  For how could Eben hope to defeat an entire town full of devious opponents--and win the love of a perplexing, infuriating female when she would not even heed the passion whispers of her own heart?
ISBN: 0380759616
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