Salvation Bride

Page Count: 98
Word Count: 26098

(MSRP: 3.5000)

The hot dusty town of Salvation, Texas has more than its share of secrets in 1873 when Laura Ashton's stage rolls into town. Sheriff David Slade has no idea what baggage his mail-order bride is bringing into his life. Throw in the nightmares from his Civil War days and he's got more than courting to contend with. Laura's a woman ahead of her time, a woman trained in medicine. And she's got a will that could move mountains. Unfortunately, the only mountains in Salvation are in Sheriff Slade's memory. Can the determined doctor heal his pain, or will the dark secret in her past turn up to steal his Salvation Bride?

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They ate in awkward silence for a few minutes. Laura glanced his way a few times, but seemed reluctant to speak. And who could blame her. He'd cut off her questions twice now.

"You said you were a midwife. Have you delivered many babies?" he asked, not ready to discuss his life yet.

She stared across the table, her fork halfway to her mouth. Biting her lower lip, she placed her fork on her plate, the mashed potatoes still on it. Her hands clenched into fists on the table.

"Actually, Sheriff, I'm more than a midwife. My uncle was a university-trained doctor. He wanted an apprentice and when I came to live with him eight years ago, he decided to teach me the medical profession."

She stopped speaking and stared at him, a mixture of pride and apprehension in her eyes. He knitted his brows. What exactly was she saying?

"That means I am not just a midwife who delivers babies. I am a fully trained medical doctor. I have set broken bones, stitched cuts and performed surgeries."

He knew of doctors from the war--the butchers who would just as soon cut off a man's leg as try to save it. He was thankful that was one hell he'd never had to face.

"Does Salvation have a doctor?" she asked.

He shook off his thoughts. "No. We've never had a doctor that I recall."

A small smile tipped her lips. "I would very much like to practice medicine, Sheriff. If the town doesn't already have a doctor, then it is in sore need of one, isn't it?"

Betrayal raced through him.

She'd lied! She hadn't come to Salvation to be his wife or Ginny's mother. No, she'd come to Salvation to be the town's doctor. Damn it! His daughter, his ranch, he himself wasn't enough for her. She wanted more.


She blinked slowly. "I beg your pardon?"

"You came here to be my wife. You never said anything about practicing medicine. Do you think because I needed your dowry that I can't provide for you? Do you think you need to work to put food on the table?"

She shook her head. "Of course not. It's doubtful I would make enough out here to matter anyway. I just--"

"You just what? Thought you could lie to me and I'd just ignore it?" He stood, his dinner unfinished. "No wife of mine is going to work and she certainly isn't going to practice medicine. Most of the population is male. That's why I had to look East for a wife."

"I never lied."

"No? Well, I suppose you didn't. You just never told me the whole truth. You said you were a midwife and hoped I'd understand you wanted to continue with doing that. Fine, you can deliver babies, but doing medical things on a man is something else and I won't allow it!"

Ginny stared at him wide-eyed and he realized he'd raised his voice. Laura looked equally astonished, but she didn't reply. Setting his mouth, he stalked to the door.

"I'm going for a walk."

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