The Debutants of Durango
These wealthy young women are destined to marry. At least, that’s what their mothers have declared. “Find yourself a suitable husband, or your father and I will find one for you.” But these young women have other ideas…
Please note that within the pages of this historical Western romance lies a tale of two hearts in search of a true and lasting connection. To provide an authentic depiction of this passionate journey, this author will occasionally venture into more mature territory. Using adult language of the period and brief portrayals of private moments between characters, the story is advanced through natural and realistic descriptions to depict the true nature of developing human relationships.
THE DEBUTANTE’S ESCAPE
Book 1 | The Debutants of Durango
Friendships and reputations are on the line, and heartbreak is inevitable.
Regina Beckett is no damsel in distress and she certainly isn’t looking for a husband. For the last few years, she’s stayed just ahead of her parent’s matrimonial expectations. But now, an unwanted proposal threatens her freedom, so she decides to make a marriage proposal of her own.
John Kingston has always been a ladies' man and one of Durango’s most eligible bachelors. He has no plans to shackle himself to a wife—not if he can’t have the one woman he’s always wanted. But, when that very woman makes an unexpected proposition, can he convince his heart not to get involved? Probably not, but he's going to do everything he can to convince her to stay.
Can Regina resist John's tempting good looks knowing it would be the ruin of their lifelong friendship? Her head says yes, but her heart isn't quite so sure.
THE DEBUTANTE’S SECRET
Book 2 | The Debutants of Durango
Roxanne Sheffield has always been the dutiful daughter, but when her father surprises her with the news he’s planning to wed her to the son of his business partner, she decides it’s time to take matters into her own hands. Can her plan work without giving away her secret?
Alexander Harp is about to have everything he’s ever wanted until the train arrives in town. His money is missing, his wife is nowhere to be found, and his little girl is on the arm of a stranger. What’s a man to do?
Will Roxi and Alex help each other in their time of need, or will their lies destroy any chance of happiness they might have had with each other?
THE DEBUTANTE’S HOLIDAY
Book 3 | The Debutants of Durango
Abigail Livingston is tired of the uncertainty—are her suitors really interested in her or her father’s fortune? The only way to know for sure is to pretend to be someone else. But her plan derails the moment she boards the train to Durango.
Matthew Bellamy is on a mission. His business and financial future depends upon his ability to keep a certain wealthy debutante out of trouble. But when he loses her on the way to Durango, he realizes he’s the one in trouble.
Just because they can, doesn't mean they should.
THE DEBUTANTE’S GIFT
Book 4 | The Debutants of Durango
It had been the perfect plan. No detail left to chance. So, what went wrong?
Marianne Sheffield is a practical woman who approaches every problem with a solid plan of action. So, when her identical twin sister needed help getting out of an arranged marriage, Mari took control. Confident she would have no problem outsmarting the ambitious Mr. Banks, she postponed the unwanted wedding until Christmas hoping to wreak havoc on the man’s life and force him to beg off and save her parents from embarrassment. Her plan failed and soon, she found herself married and on her way to Durango with her new husband for a Colorado Christmas. While they enjoyed the festive spirit of the small mountain town, she began to sense there was more to the man than just his rugged good looks and hefty bank account—much, much more. Now, Mari realizes she’s the one who may have been outsmarted.
John Maximillian Banks is a man used to getting what he wants. And when it comes to women, he’s rarely disappointed. When he and Charles Sheffield agreed to merge their companies into one of the largest transportation companies in the region, it was no surprise when his new business partner sealed the deal by offering his eldest daughter to Max in marriage and making it a family affair. However, it didn’t take long to realize that something was amiss. The stunningly beautiful debutante seemed different than he remembered her. She had been sweet, soft-spoken, and kind then. Now, she was strong-willed. Bold. One could say even bossy. Certainly not the match he had hoped for, but there was something about the feisty, out-spoken, dark-haired beauty that made him wish for more than their business arrangement. He had already won her hand. Now, all he wants is her heart for Christmas.
Sometimes the most precious gifts aren’t found inside a pretty box under the Christmas tree.