Excerpt Post: JOURNEY TO HAWK'S PEAK, A Historical Romantic Adventure


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EXCERPT

From Chapter One

Hawk’s Peak, Montana Territory

May 1884

A HAWK AND ITS mate soared high above their heads. White clouds tipped with gray created a continuous patchwork in the vast, blue sky, casting shadows over the snow-capped mountains. A cool, spring breeze caressed Amanda’s face and whipped her unbound hair over her shoulders. She’d left the house wearing only a shawl, preferring to relish in the warmer air after the long, harsh season.

The winter of ’84 had been one of the coldest in Amanda’s memory. Although it had been her first in Montana, she was no stranger to the hardships of the western frontier. No matter how settled the land became or how many people from the East ventured in search of the same dreams which brought her parents west, she loved the wildness the land fought to retain.

“I’ll never tire of this sight.” Not a soul within one hundred miles could miss the grand mountain ranges that crisscrossed the land and protected their valley.

“I won’t either.” Brenna wore a heavier wool shawl, the edges gathered over her growing belly. Amanda smiled at her friend—one of many she’d made since arriving at Hawk’s Peak—and imagined Brenna as a new mother once again.

Brenna and Ethan Gallagher already had one son, Jacob, named after Ethan’s father and born in Scotland, Brenna’s homeland. The courage to leave behind everything and everyone she knew at Cameron Manor to journey across an ocean and vast continent impressed Amanda. She’d embarked on her own journey when she left home, but it compared nothing to what Brenna must have experienced.

Brenna stopped at a point in the meadow and bent over to pick a few sprigs of wild lupine and add them to the basket she carried over one arm. Calves frolicked in the nearby pastures, another sign that spring had come regardless of winter’s efforts to linger. In her lyrical voice with her refined Scottish accent, Brenna said, “When I first stepped foot off the stage, the sheer enormity of what I’d done paled in comparison to the beauty of these mountains. I abhorred the circumstances that forced me to flee, and yet without those trials, I wouldn’t be here now. I wouldn’t have Ethan or Jacob.” She patted her belly and smiled. “Or this one.”

“I envy you, Brenna.” Amanda continued walking, but it was Brenna who stopped, surprised by the quietly spoken words.

“What a dear thing for you to say, but there are many who could say the same of you.”

Amanda was quick to assure Brenna. “Please, don’t think me ungrateful for what I have. I’ve been blessed many times over in my life. I envy the way you approach life, every day with such hope.”

“It got me into trouble often as a child,” Brenna said with a smile. “Give yourself time. I often feel as though you’ve always been a part of our lives, but it wasn’t so long ago when you arrived.”

Amanda stared across the quiet meadow, fixated on the swaying grass. “Before you met Ethan, did you ever . . .”

“Did I ever what?” Brenna asked. “You may ask me anything, and I’ll answer if I can.”

“Did you ever wonder if you were strong enough to live the life you always wanted?”

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Journey to Hawk's Peak © MK McClintock

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

One woman’s desperation to escape, would become the greatest journey of her life.

Briarwood, Montana Territory—1884

Amanda Warren arrived in Briarwood, Montana, with one satchel and a dream. After death destroyed her happiness, she fled, unwilling to believe that was the end, yet her weary spirit thought only of survival. Then she met the Gallaghers. They took a chance and gave her a home and a family, but is she strong enough to make a new start? Ben Stuart has seen more of life than he wants to remember, but with the Gallaghers he had found a place where he could forget times gone by and live the life he always wanted. When Amanda arrived at Hawk’s Peak, Ben saw a woman hiding from secrets and running from her past. How will he convince her that the journey is over?

Join us on a journey to Hawk's Peak for a romantic adventure you'll never forget.

"If you've been following the Gallagher family and friends, then you'll enjoy Journey to Hawk's Peak, the beautiful story of Ben and Amanda! If you're new to MK McClintock's books, then give a chance to this series. You won't be disappointed! I love the Montana Gallagher series!"

—Nicole Laverdure

THE AUTHOR

MK McClintock is an award-winning author who has written several novels and short stories, including the popular "Montana Gallagher" series, the "Crooked Creek" series set in post-Civil War Montana, and the highly-acclaimed "British Agent" novels. She spins tales of romance, adventure, and mystery set in the 1800s. MK enjoys a quiet life in the Rocky Mountains. Learn more about MK and her books by visiting her website: http://www.mkmcclintock.com.

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