Can you even imagine waiting faithfully for 10 years at Christmas Eve all by yourself?
That is what the little red-headed orphan girl, Ruth O'Leary did. As a ten-year-old little orphaned girl from New York she meets up with Noah Walker, a tough, from the streets of New York. Love blossomed for her and she must have touched Noah's soul for them to survive and meet again.
So many Christmas Eve's have passed and Sheriff Leon Harker is getting a bit angry because he wants Ruth and all that goes with her. The inheritable rights to Kelly Creek, ruled over and owned by Ruth's adopted father.
The good sheriff is about to leave on a hunt for the Kansas Gang lead by Billy Jo Kansas. One little item that Leon informed Ruth about the gang was that there were very few casualities. Ruth asks,"He doesn't shoot people?"
Leon answers "I didn't say that. From what I hear, he's big, intimidating, and he knows his business. -- And he's cautious. No one's ever seen his face ----"
[g] and then he asks Ruth to marry him. On, Boy, what a blunder!
The tone has now been set for the great and stirring reunion of Noah and Ruth. Oh boy, what wonders delirium works on an uninitiated girl. Of course Noah was a bit shocked when he realized he was not living a dream.
Ah, as time slowly slid by [in all that cold weather] papa Kelly offers Ruth and his legacy of Kelly Creek to Noah instead of Leon -- New Years party brings about the return of Leon and trouble and spiteful jealousy.
You have to read the rest -- It is a great moving plot and unfolds in the most excellent way -- the final chapter was a heartwrenching tribute to faithful, enduring love for Ruth and Noah.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED --M - a great keeper and addition to you library.