About the Book
Cooper McCord needed no one. When he first showed Daniel and Evelyn Whitcomb the beautiful mountain valley in Montana, he didn’t expect to stick around. When the War Between the States broke out, Cooper remained close and helped build the town, not realizing all the time he was building a home for himself. When an unexpected arrival to Whitcomb Springs makes him question his reclusive life, will Cooper retreat to his wilderness or allow himself to embark on the greatest adventure of his life?
"'Forsaken Trail' is another fabulous read by MK McClintock! I have read just about everything MK has written and I am never disappointed. This one is no different. It is a short story but it is packed full of adventure, suspense, love and inspiration. I loved it! I give 'Forsaken Trail' 5 stars and highly recommend Cooper’s story for all who love a good historical." —Goodreads review
"Another wonderful story!! Just loved Abigail and Cooper’s story and hope we hear more about them in the coming stories taking place in Whitcomb Springs." —M.L. Sullivan
"Captivating! I liked very much what MK McClintock wrote in this short Western novella. She never disappoints me because she knew how to create a beautiful chemistry between her hero, Cooper, and her heroine, Abigail. Both are so charming together. Their friendship started in Montana when Abigail's sister Evelyn asked Cooper to meet Abigail on her journey to meet them. On the road, they share secrets and a new close friendship will bloom between them. MK McClintock never disappoints me! She is a talented storyteller!" —Goodreads review
"Every time I review one of MK McClintock’s books, I announce it as my favorite. I need to change it to they are all my favorites. I am especially enjoying the new series that MK and some of her romance writer friends have embarked upon. The reader gets to experience wonderful and heartwarming stories written by different authors all centered around a town in Montana. I loved reading about the town and its origins and now as each book comes along, it is as though the town is growing right before your eyes.
I am giving this series of short stories five stars. I hope you’ll read along with me as the town of Whitcomb Springs grows along with the vegetable gardens and wildflowers in the meadows."
—My Life, One Story at a Time
Award-winning author MK McClintock writes historical romantic fiction about courageous and honorable men and strong women who appreciate chivalry, like those in her Montana Gallagher, British Agent, and Crooked Creek series. Her stories of adventure, romance, and mystery sweep across the American West to the Victorian British Isles, with places and times between and beyond. With her heart deeply rooted in the past, she enjoys a quiet life in the northern Rocky Mountains.
Whitcomb Springs, Montana Territory—May 30, 1865
SHE NEVER imagined dying at the hands—or paws—of a bear. Either she’d end up dead like the poor driver she hired in Bozeman or find a way to escape unscathed. Considering the layers of skirts and petticoats she wore, Abigail wasn’t going to bet on her ability to outrun the great animal.
She remained still in the low branches of a tree. Unable to climb higher unless she removed her skirts, Abigail controlled her breathing so as not to alert the animal. The past few years of her life had been in pursuit of an education. Her work in the war relief had kept her busy for four long years, but she found time in the evening hours to consume knowledge. The more she learned, the more she wanted to know.
Abigail read most of the leather-bound volumes of work in her family’s library, from philosophy to geography to history, and everything in between. Unfortunately, not a single text had explained what to do when confronted by five hundred pounds of bear. Magnificent though the animal was, Abigail didn’t want to become dinner.
Excerpt © MK McClintock
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