Last year, I shared a blog post about the historic Vale Hotel in Vale, Oregon.
Vale is located on the Malheur River. Back when wagons rolled across the dusty Oregon Trail, it was here that they crossed the river and found a hot springs where many chose to rest a day or two before heading onward.
A man named Jonathan Keeney (the one Keeney Pass is named after), built a house and barn near the hot springs. Lewis B. Rinehart bought his property in 1870 and built a house made of stone in 1872. The Stone House (as it was and is still known), became the first post office, served as hotel of sorts, and a place of refuge during an Indian uprising.
For a while, before it became known as Vale, the town was called Rinehart's Crossing.
I've been fascinated with the house and the stories behind it for years.
So, when I the opportunity arose to write another book in the Regional Romance series, I decided it would be the perfect time to use Rinehart's Crossing as a setting.
Romance at Rinehart's Crossing is now available for pre-order and will release September 17!
Life on the Oregon Trail will never be the same . . .
Tenner King is determined to make his own way in the world far from the overbearing presence of his father and the ranch where he was raised in Rinehart’s Crossing, Oregon. Reluctantly, he returns home after his father’s death to find the ranch on its way to ruin, his siblings antsy to leave, and the women in town completely infatuated with a mysterious poet. Prepared to do whatever is necessary to save the ranch, Tenner isn’t about to let a little thing like love get in his way.
♥ Austen – After spending her entire life ruled by her father, Austen Rose King certainly isn’t going to allow her bossy older brother to take on the job. Desperate to leave the hard work and solitude of the Diamond K Ranch, she decides a husband would be the fastest means of escape. If only she could find a man she could tolerate for more than five minutes.
♥ Claire – Two thousand miles of travel. Two thousand miles of listening to her parents bicker about the best place in Oregon to settle. Two thousand miles of dusty trails, bumpy wagons, and things that slither and creep into her bedding at night. Claire Clemons would happily set down roots that very minute if someone would let her. What she needs is her own Prince Charming to give her a place to call home. When a broken wagon wheel strands her family miles from civilization, she wonders if handsome Worth King, the freighter who rescues them, might just be the answer to her prayers.
♥ Kendall – Anxious to escape her mother’s meddling interference, Kendall Arrington leaves her society life behind, intent on experiencing a Wild West adventure. Hired as the school teacher in a growing town on the Oregon Trail, Kendall hopes to bring a degree of civility and a joy of learning to the children of Rinehart’s Crossing. However, the last thing she expects to find is a cowboy with shaggy hair, dusty boots, and incredible green eyes among her eager students.
Will love find the three King siblings as Romance arrives in Rinehart’s Crossing?
Read all the books in the Regional Romance Series featuring historic locations, exciting drama, and sweet (yet swoony) romance!