Queen Houston has spent her whole life scraping by, and making due for herself and her two younger sisters. She's always dreamed of not having anyone but herself to worry about, of being footloose and fancy-free. Johnny, the father that she'd parented as much as she had her sisters, has recently passed away. The small house that Johnny had won in a card game had always been where they'd lived, but had never really been much of a home, so the three sisters decide to sell it and split the proceeds, and go find their dreams.
Queen hasn't decided yet exactly where she is going, but Arizona sounds like it is far from the coal dust and poverty that she's known all her life, so she buys a bus ticket, and decides she'll just play it by ear. Little does she know a broken down bus, and a decision to hop the next bus that passes by, even if it is going to Snow Gap, Colorado, will help the course of her life along. Hopping off the bus to stretch, Queen sees three little boys talking to the sheriff, and a woman from the Welfare services. Having an innate dislike of the welfare system left over from her own childhood, Queen takes fate in her hands and hops in to help the three boys. Finding that their father seems to be missing, she claims to be their aunt, and returns home with them to help them avoid being taken into custody.
It's not long before the children's father, Cody Bonner, returns home to find his home invaded by Queen, his children acting like they'd found a long lost friend, and himself questioning his sanity by wanting this stranger to stay. Hiring Queen to be his housekeeper, and to watch over the boys, Cody begins to realize that Queen means much more to him that just a housekeeper. It's not long before Cody and Queen find themselves falling in love...
Sharon Sala has written a beautiful love story, one that tugs your heartstrings continuously, but that also makes you laugh out loud at the spunky Queen's antics.
Ms. Sala has interwoven several different threads of story lines, and keeps you on your toes the whole time you enjoy Cody and Queen falling in love. I truly enjoyed this book and gobbled it up in one setting. It is a stand-alone book, however I caution you, if you want to find out the dreams the other two sisters have set out to find, you'll have to pick up Diamond and Lucky, also by Sharon Sala. Happy reading!