She proves she is strong enough to survive. He proves he is strong enough to love her.
Married three months before the war and now a widow, Harriett McBride can either give up and sell her ranch or fight for the life she and her husband came west to build. With the help of a friend and a stranger, she must stop the one who threatens all she holds dear. When Hattie is faced with an unexpected choice, will she bury her heart on the battlefield forever or find a way to love again?
Hattie's story brought together two people who understand loss, hope, and fighting for what you believe in. Carson and Hattie are perfect for each other, and they represent both hope and justice during a time after which so many had suffered. They are strong, beautiful people whose courage I admire greatly. I can't wait for you to meet them. You'll have a chance to meet many characters from this unique Montana town, but for now, I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into Crooked Creek.
Be well, be kind, and enjoy!
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Crooked Creek, Montana Territory—October 1865
HATTIE STARED UP at the early morning rays as they glistened through her watery grave. She should have known better than to ride out before the sun rose above the craggy peaks, but she had to prove herself day after day, if to no one else but herself.
Glen Meek, her foreman, scolded her two mornings ago when he learned that she’d been heading out on her own in the mornings before he and young John, his nephew, had even put their heads on the pillow from the night before.
Hattie had waved off Glen’s concern with a distracting grin and a load of grit. The McBride Ranch was Hattie’s responsibility, her late husband’s legacy, and no one would take it away from her.
Lights swam through the sky above her. If she reached out far enough, her fingers might be able to skim the surface of a star before the sun’s light washed them all away. She must have fallen into the river. Her shift clung to her body as though wet, but she knew how to swim. Why, then, did the black waters of unconsciousness seem determined to carry her away?
The raging fire burned within as her lungs expanded. The pounding on her chest surely couldn’t be good for her ribs.
“Don’t do this. Stay with me.”
Her lungs exhaled, but instead of air, water escaped from her mouth in a frenzy of coughs.
“That’s right, let it all out.”
Twigs and small rocks dug into her back, but she lay flat and ignored them. Sunlight threatened her eyes to open.
“You’re going to make it.”
Excerpt © MK McClintock
"Ms. McClintock has given us the ingredients to a relationship that is sure to blossom in future stories. Overall, Hattie of Crooked Creek is a story booming with life and death events and characters who scream 'true grit.'"
"Another short story that takes us back to Crooked Creek, Montana, after the Civil War. We meet Hattie, who is a widowed rancher, trying to keep her ranch going with the help of an older man and his son.
Hattie finds herself with a gunshot wound and a stranger has come to help her. What is happening on her ranch?? Who is out to hurt her and why?? What role does her savior stranger play in all of this?? Buy this book and find out. I loved this story!!"
"Another wonderful short story! Loved this but really need to know what happens to Hattie and Carson. Loved catching up on Emma and knowing she found love and happiness. I'll wait anxiously for the next Crooked Creek short story. Thank you MK for these wonderful stories."
"Another marvelous story and characters that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters were very strong and personable their qualities uniquely blended."
—Judi T., Amazon Reviewer
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