Looking for a historical romance I’d read a few years ago (mid-late 1990’s
or early 2K’s) that *may* have “Cowboy” in the title. I had run across a
large-print edition, if that matters. But onto the actual plot. The male
protagonist is tangled up in dealings that may be somewhat shady (he might
be a spy?) and then runs into the heroine. To continue his charade, he
“marries” her in a ceremony that he doesn’t intend to be “real.” Well,
subsequently, of course the two fall in love and while they’re hiding out
with a wagon train the traveling minister “marries” them again (yet again
only supposed to be half-real) and *finally,* when the young woman gets back
to her hometown and realizes she’s *really* in love with the hero, they
“marry” for real (although considering the bride’s “delicate condition”
at the time I get the feeling her family may have desired she do so,
There are three wedding ceremonies in total.
I forgot the first one, but the second is the one I mention above performed
by the wagon train’s minister. The book ends with the spotlight on the
heroine getting ready for the third ceremony in her hometown. I also quite
vividly remember the heroine referencing to herself advice her mother gave
her regarding sex, menstruation and pregnancy, especially once she realizes
that the symptoms she’s feeling mean she *is* pregnant. (This is about 1/2
to 2/3 of the way through he book.) I believe the “couple” (as it were) is
running from someone who wants to do him harm, either a rival gunslinger or
a government agent?
I had a large-print edition of this book (if I’m remembering correctly…)
and the cover was the couple hiding behind a rock/bluff with a wagon in
front and the hero’s looking across at something.
There’s blue sky so it’s a daytime scene pictured and I *think* the title
was in a funky “saloon”-type or scriptlike font.
I *REALLY* hope I can find this one, especially considering I’ve been led
down two false trails, though both other books are quite good.
That is so much detail – I bet someone knows this one.