Love on Her Own Terms – Extended Epilogue


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Mid-March, Josie came to them by stage, her trunk in tow.

“Morgan Earp was murdered last night,” she said, in tears. “I’m too terrified to stay in town.”

“Murdered?” Kate exclaimed.

“Terrified for yourself?” Dan asked her.

She shook her head. “Terrified for the rest of them. Kait, you said if I ever needed anything …”

“Yes, yes, Josie, of course,” Kait said.

That very night, Wyatt showed up at the ranch. Dan was outside, and Wyatt was talking. Kait could tell by his voice that he was beyond angry. But, then, why wouldn’t he be?

He came storming into the house, knocking the door back against the wall, shattering some of the paint and plaster, but he took no notice.

“Josie, I’m putting you on the stage to Benson. You’ll take the train to L.A., then you can make your own arrangements to get to San Francisco.”

“Why?” she asked, and Wyatt looked exasperated.

“There’s no time, Josie,” he said. “You just need to come with me.”

Dan stepped in. “Wait,” he said. “I can take her into Tombstone in the morning.”

Wyatt was looking wild-eyed. “No—wait,” he said. “Dan’s right. You’ll be safer here. I’m leaving in the morning to find and get justice for Morgan. But if you don’t see me in four days, you have Dan take you to the stage.” He opened his wallet and handed her a wad of cash. “This will at least get you there,” he said.

“Wyatt,” Josie began, “I don’t want to …”

“Leave me? Darlin’ I’m not sure I’ll even come back alive.”

He pulled her to him and kissed her hard on the mouth.

“Just go to California. Please do what I’ve asked.”

“Are you afraid for me?” she asked.

“Behan’s got his own posse, and he’s turned against us. I don’t want this to come back on you. Travel under my name.”

She nodded with tears in her eyes. “As what?”

“As Mrs Wyatt Earp, of course.”

He opened the door and was gone.

She threw herself into Kait’s arms. “Why, oh why? I put up with Behan for so long. Then someone like Wyatt comes along, who is so decent and kind. Never once has he treated me like the saloon girl that I am.”

Kait held her and let her cry herself out, then she took her upstairs to her own room.

Four days passed with no sign of Wyatt. On the morning of the fifth day, Dan hitched the horses to the buggy, and they took her to the stage.

“Maybe once all this craziness is over, you can come back,” Kait said.

Josephine shook her head. “I’ll not come back if Wyatt’s not here. I’m not subjecting myself to Johnny Behan again.”

“Well, I meant to come back here to the ranch, not to Tombstone.”

“And do what? Become your barkeep and entertain your guests?”

“Well, then,” Kait said, taking Josie’s hands. “I’ll just have to come and see you wherever you are. You’ll always be my best friend.”

Josie hugged her neck, kissed her again, and climbed into the stagecoach.

“What do you suppose has happened to Wyatt?” Kait asked when the stage had pulled away.

“Let’s wait a few more days, and I’ll come into town and find out,” Dan said. “In the meantime, Grace, try not to take the weight of the whole world onto your shoulders.”

A few months later, Dan came to her. “You’ve never said anything about wanting to see your parents. I heard you talking to Doyle one time about forgiveness, after all he did to you, and all the distress it brought. Surely, if you can forgive Doyle, you can forgive your parents.”

“I—I have forgiven them,” she said. “I guess I’m just worried that they won’t have forgiven me.”

“Nonsense, Grace, how could anyone not love you? And didn’t you say that forgiveness was not about eliciting a response from the other party?”

She finally learned that he called her Grace when he wanted to remind her of compassion, forgiveness, kindness, and to try to dispel her worry.

“I’m sure their pride was hurt; their feelings were hurt …” Dan said.

Their feelings were hurt?”

“I know you were hurt most of all, Kait, but if you say you’ve forgiven them …”

“Sometimes it’s easier in theory than in practice,” she said.

“I have an idea,” he said.

He was silent for a moment, and she looked up at him. He was waiting until he had her full attention.

“Doyle is coming into his own. He’s been working side by side with me for months now. He has rejoined the family table, and it’s good. I feel like I can leave him in charge of the ranch indefinitely.”

“Indefinitely? But what if …?”

He put his hand up to silence her. “I’ve been through all the what if’s I possibly can, and I’ve worked them out sufficiently to protect our interests.”

“What are you proposing?”

He took a deep breath. “That we take the train back to Boston. See Siobhan if she’s there. You can show me both conservatories—the private one, and the one from which you graduated.”

“Um, showing you my private conservatory would mean seeing my parents.”

“Uh-huh. It’s time.”

Her heart began to beat like a little bird. Before she could speak, Dan stepped forward and took her hands. “Trust me on this one. What’s the worse they can do? Refuse you? Reject you? Insult you? You have me backing you up every step of the way. Let me be your Strength as you are my Grace.”

She just looked at him, dumbfounded.

“You do trust me, don’t you Kaitlyn?”

“Yes, yes, of course, I do,” she said, recovering from her shock.

“Then trust me in this. Oh, and I forgot. After Boston, we’ll be sailing for Europe. We’ll stay six months and see as much of it as possible.”

She had to sit down. “I—I’m completely overcome,” she said. “I can’t even imagine.”

“Neither can I,” he said. “I’ve never been farther from Tombstone than San Francisco.”

“What about Josephine?”


“I told her I would always be here for her.”

“Well, she can send us a telegram, if she wants to, and we can make any arrangements that she needs.”

Kait looked doubtful.

“What?” Dan asked. “You left Boston behind—your parents, your best friend, someone who wanted to marry you—you’ve admitted to me yourself that it was thoughtless of you. But now you worry about everybody else.”

“Maybe it’s penance,” she said.

“Well, I think you’ve bought yourself out of Purgatory several times over.”

She laughed. “Yes, yes!” she said, grabbing his arms and pulling him into an Irish jig.

“We must visit Ireland, he said, and find more Gallaghers. And more O’Sheas?”

“And more O’Sheas,” she said. “Maybe even some McKennas,” she teased.

As if the Universe was acknowledging her letting go of things, the next day she got a letter from Josephine. Lupe had brought it up to her, and she sat reading it at her vanity.

Dan walked in, and she looked up. “Wyatt joined Josie in San Francisco last July,” she reported, still studying the letter, and now they’re talking about the new gold and silver mines in Colorado.”

Dan stepped closer to her and lifted her up onto her feet. “So, Josephine has protection now, given by someone she loves. I see good things for them.”

“Oh, I hope so,” Kait said.

“So, now, do you feel released so that you can go to Boston and on to Europe?”

“I guess I do. I wanted love on my own terms, but I have to be free to do that. Now, I feel free. This is very good news from Josephine.”

“That’s good,” he said, “because I bought train tickets for March, and then passage to Europe in April.”

“In March. Two years from the time I left.”

“That wasn’t lost on me,” he said.

Winter flew by, and before she knew it, the trip was imminent. Dan came in while she was packing a trunk.

“Hey,” he said. “We’re visiting Europe, not moving there.”

“Six months is a long time.”

“Yes, but you don’t have to wear a different dress, shoes, and hat every day. If we just had one destination, it might be okay, but we’ll be moving around from place to place all the time. I don’t want to have to lug a trunk or pay for its passage nor to be carried to every hotel room. You say you want to be free—this is the way to start. If I recall, you came here with a single bag.”

“Tell me our itinerary again,” she said.

“I don’t have it memorized, but we’ll dock at Plymouth, England, then travel overland to see much of it—the stuff of dreams, really—Devon, Cornwall, the Cotswolds, the moors, Stonehenge and Avebury. Then on to London. Then we’ll go to Ireland and spend as much time exploring as we want. Beyond that, I don’t know—Paris, of course, Rome, Vienna, Athens …”

She came to him and kissed him to stop his mouth. “I get it,” she said.

“Really, anywhere you want, for as long as you want. You can lead me.”

“I’d really love to attend concerts wherever we go.”

“Of course! I would expect nothing less.”

“Back to packing,” she said, “are you wearing … those?”

He looked down and laughed. “I’ll bet we would be welcomed wherever we went if I did. An American cowboy in Paris.”

She looked at him dubiously.

“Although,” he said, “I’ll likely dress more like the cattle baron I’m becoming, but with some unique Arizona touches.”

She shook her head. “You sound like a men’s fashion catalogue.”

“Where do you think I get ideas like that?”

“I have to laugh,” she said. “Most of my friends think cowboys are these big silent types who do nothing but ride horses all day.”

“Well, they’re not wrong. That’s what I was before you came along,” he said, putting his hands around her waist. “If I’m going to have a wife as classy as you, I need to be sure I keep up, or we’ll have some other poor sod feeling sorry for you, and then I’ll have to fight him off …”

“No, no. I think it’s perfectly all right for you to dress with some Wild West flair. By now they’ve probably heard about gun-fighting Marshall Wyatt Earp in Europe.”

“I wouldn’t doubt that one bit.”

Even though she had been entranced by the scenery coming out to Arizona, she had also been riddled with angst, guilt, and fear. This time, for the most part, she was much more relaxed. Never having been east of the Arizona territory, Dan was in awe of all they saw and experienced.

They spent three days in New Orleans before going on to Chicago. She took him to the Café duMonde and told him of her friends whom she had met on the train, and who had brought her there. They spent two nights at the beautiful, recently renovated St. Charles Hotel.

They decided to spend a night in Chicago as well. Since she hadn’t left the train station the last time, she had somehow missed the architecture of the city. They laughed and said they couldn’t be mistaken for anything other than tourists the way they gawked at the steel-structure buildings of tremendous height.

Kait had been to New York City, but she thought even it did not have architecture like that of Chicago.

She remembered how she had sent that fateful telegram from the Chicago station that Doyle had intercepted, and the wild ride had begun.

Soon they were off to Boston. Dan couldn’t help noticing that his wife became increasingly taciturn as they approached the city. He knew she was fretting about meeting her parents. He touched her as much as she would allow—holding her hand, nuzzling her, whatever she seemed to need at the moment. He wanted her to feel his warmth and strength surrounding her.

As they approached the Back Bay Station in Boston, Dan had an idea. Why not get a room at a prestigious hotel, wherever she thought was best, and to invite her parents to meet them there, on more neutral ground? He could see a lot of the anxiety leave her face and posture when he suggested it.

They stayed at the sumptuous Parker House Hotel, and the dining was magnificent. Kait wanted to relax a bit, so they toured the city, and she was able to relay many stories and memories to Dan.

The second day, she used the hotel stationery to send a note to her parents.

“Dear Mother and Father,” it read. “I have returned to Boston for a visit. I am here in the company of my husband, Dan Gallagher, a cattleman from the Arizona Territory. We are staying at the Parker House Hotel, and we would love to receive you here for supper tomorrow night at 8 o’clock.”

She gave it to a runner and asked him to wait for a reply. Two hours later, the runner returned. The reply read:

“Dear Mrs Gallagher, I wish to thank you for your lovely invitation to dine with you and your cattleman husband. I will have to let you know at a later time, as I have no way of contacting your father during the work day, and I most certainly would have to consult him before agreeing to the meeting.”

Kait dropped her hands into her lap with an exasperated sigh. She lifted the card up to Dan. “Welcome to the world of my mother.”

“At least she didn’t dismiss the possibility out of hand.”

“No, because she knows if she did and my father ever found out about it that there would be hell to pay.”

“Are you going to check to see whether Siobhan is back in Boston by any chance?”

“Yes, I will. Perhaps my parents will give us news of her.”

It wasn’t until noon of the next day that she received another card. This one was from her father.

“My lovely daughter! Your mother and I will be pleased to dine with you and Mr Gallagher this evening in the Parker House dining room at 8 p.m.”

“Aaand,” Kait said, handing him the new card, “welcome to the world of my father.”

Dan gave a low chuckle. “Well, at least they’re coming. I plan to charm your mother and disarm your father.”

“Just don’t be ruffled by anything my mother says. I’m serious, one never knows what she will come up with. She’s, well, forthright, to say the least.”

“I promise,” Dan said, “but that goes for you, too. She may right now be going over every imaginary conversation she has had with you in the last two years. Some of that is bound to come out. I know you’ve managed to suppress most of yours, but that doesn’t mean it’s lying far beneath the surface.”

She sighed and nodded her assent.

Dan and Kait had themselves seated in the dining room the next evening. They left word with the Maître d’, so he could seat her parents as soon as they arrived. Dan made Kaitlyn sit with her back to the door. She was so tempted to look over her shoulder to look for them, but she didn’t want to be caught gawking.

She looked at Dan. He looked very sharp in his midnight blue dinner jacket, black trousers, and black puff tie.

Dan ordered an aperitif for them while they waited. Kait saw Dan looking across the room. He got out of his chair and stood, smiling. The Maître d’ arrived at the table with Mr and Mrs O’Shea close behind.

“Mr O’Shea,” Dan said, “Dan Gallagher.” He put out his hand to shake Mr O’Shea’s, and it was returned with a strong grip. The man looked directly into Dan’s eyes as if sizing him up.

Kait stood. “Mother,” she said, offering her the European bissous. Her father hugged her.

“It’s good to see you, Kathleen,” her father said. “You are certainly not the little girl that left here two years ago; you’ve become quite an enchanting young woman.”

Mr O’Shea pulled out the chair to allow Kait’s mother to be seated, and Dan did the same for Kaitlyn. He reminded himself that he had to remember to call her Kathleen.

“What looks good on the menu?” Mr O’Shea asked.

“We’ve just arrived ourselves and haven’t had a chance to look. Perhaps they can offer some recommendations,” Dan said.

The waiter served them their drinks and then rattled off several succulent-sounding dishes.

“There’s nothing I love more than a good New York Strip Steak,” Mr O’Shea said. “How about you, Mr Gallagher?”

“We have a lot of beef out where we live, so I believe I’ll have something else,” Dan said smiling.

The men dominated the dinner conversation. Her father was shooting all kinds of questions at Dan about being a cattleman, what it was like to raise cattle in the desert, did they ever have rainfall? There barely was a breath between Dan’s responses and her father asking another question. Kait began to surmise it was to keep her mother from talking.

The women ordered a light dessert, and the men retired to the Gentlemen’s Club Lounge for a smoke.

“Dear, dear,” her mother began. “Whatever made you want to marry a cowboy?”

“He’s not a cowboy, mother—he’s a rancher, a cattleman. Out where we are, cowboys are the outlaws.”

“Oh? I thought they all were.”


“Yes, that’s all you read in the newspapers when they report on the West. What was that town you said you live near?”


“What a godawful name for a town. Anyway, that’s where that Marshall Earp is from that killed all those men.”

Kait wanted to smirk. She wondered what her mother would think if she knew that they had entertained Marshall Earp and his mistress for dinner, and that he attended their wedding reception in the midst of earning his reputation.

“There are always two sides to every story, Mother.”

“Oh, so he can rationalize killing all those men?”

“He’s a U.S. Deputy Marshall, Mother. It’s his job.”

Mrs O’Shea quickly changed the subject.

“You should know, Kathleen, that Mr Appleton passed away a little while ago.”

“I know, Mother. I got a letter from Siobhan.”

“Siobhan? You’re in touch with her? I hear she’s cavorting all over Europe.”

“She’s hardly cavorting. She’s a concert pianist performing all over Europe.”

Kait paused for a second before adding, “In fact, we’re going to see a couple of her concerts.”

“You are? Where?”

“Wherever we can catch up to her in Europe. She is supposed to be sending me her concert schedule.”

“You’re going to Europe?”

“Yes, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and Dan knows that.”

“Well, we would have sent you with Siobhan right after graduation. We were going to give it to you as a gift.”

“A gift? When, Mother? For my eighteenth birthday, you announced my betrothal to Elias Appleton as if that were a gift.”

“We had promised …”

“Promised? I understand you more or less bargained me to him in exchange for new wealth.”

Her mother looked straight ahead, her jaw clamped. “Well, it doesn’t really matter now. The man is dead.”

“Yes,” Kait said, “how fortunate for us all.”

Her mother turned to her, open-mouthed. Kait knew that look in her mother’s eye. She would have slapped Kait had they not been in public.

“Kathleen, what a terrible thing to say.”

“Is it? It brought you good fortune in that you were released from your debt to him that I so awkwardly left you with. And Daddy’s business will be quite healthy and successful now.”

“How would you know any of that?” Mrs O’Shea asked.

“The same way I knew that you had basically sold me to Elias Appleton. I had no desire to simply marry money and become another wealthy widow in the society pages. Did you think I was just some ‘Naughty Nellie’ who was out of control and ran away? I left once I discovered all the deceit around me.”

“Your father and I never knew why you left.”

“You couldn’t figure it out? As a matter of fact, why your sudden interest in cowboys and Wyatt Earp?”

“Oh, you are on a first-name basis with him, are you?”

Kait had to bite her tongue to keep from laughing. “He is a friend of Dan’s.”

Mrs O’Shea’s eyes widened. “I—I thought your young man seemed very nice, but he keeps company with Marshall Earp?”

“You didn’t answer my question about why your sudden interest in the West.”

“Well, we had discovered where you were, so we were trying to imagine the life you were leading. Did you start out as a saloon girl before your young man found you?”

Now it was her turn to want to slap her mother. But she bit the inside of her cheek, instead. “So, how did you find out where I was?”

“We got a letter from a man about a year after you left who told us where you were. He asked if we wanted him to bring you home, but we figured out right away that he just wanted money. We weren’t even sure if he knew where you were, but when he said he had met you on the train …”

Kait felt that her breath had just been sucked out of her. Would it never stop? She would never fathom that one. It was almost as though if he couldn’t have her, Dan wouldn’t have her, either, even to the point of taking her back to Boston.

“You look rather pale all of a sudden, Kathleen.”

She just had to be sure. “Jim Ringgold? Was that his name?”

“Hmm, I’m not sure. Your father mostly dealt with the correspondence. In the end, there were telegrams as if the man were getting desperate. But yes, I think his name was J. R. something. At first, he said he was a Pinkerton, and would we like him to find you and bring you home, but the more it went on, the more we felt that he was less than genuine.”

“I’ll say,” Kait said.

“So, you did know him?”

“Yes, I did meet him on the train from New Orleans to Arizona. But I thought he had gone on to San Francisco or something …”

The men returned at that moment, and Dan looked at Kait’s eyes. “Well, this was a lovely evening,” he said to Mr and Mrs O’Shea. “It was so nice to finally make your acquaintance.”

“How long will you be in town?” Mr O’Shea asked.

“We’re planning a trip up the coast,” Kait said, “and then we’re sailing to Europe the first of April.”

“Oh, so will we see you again? Surely, you’ll stop in before you depart.”

“I believe we will, Mr O’Shea,” Dan said. “I really want to see the magical conservatory that you built for Kathleen.”

Her father’s eyes shone. “Yes, well you would be very welcome. I was glad to be able to encourage her music in that manner.”

Dan reached out and shook Mr O’Shea’s hand, and he walked around to where Kait’s mother sat to help her up. He kissed her on the cheek, and she blushed. She actually blushed! Kait didn’t think she’d ever seen that in her mother before. Somehow, Kait thought, Dan had charmed her, just as he said he would.

Kait hugged her father and kissed her mother.

“Well,” her mother said to her just as they were ready to leave. “You’ve certainly given me a lot to think about.”

Kait wasn’t quite sure if that was good or bad, but from the sound of her voice, she had an inkling that it might be good.

When she told Dan what her mother had told her about Ringgold, he was shocked. “It’s like that man’s ghost is following us.”

“Don’t say such a thing,” Kait exclaimed.

They spent the next couple of weeks taking a trip up the coast. Despite the cold, they loved the rugged shores of Maine and New Brunswick.

When they returned to Boston, they went to her parents’ house one afternoon for tea, and to see the conservatory.

“No wonder this was your haven,” Dan said.

When they were ready to leave, Kait drew her mother aside. “Mama,” she said in a conciliatory tone. “I’m sorry if I was rude or catty that day at the Parker House. I had a lot pent up over the last year, but I really have forgiven everything, and I pray you will forgive me as well. Not one iota of it matters now. I know that you and Daddy are taken care of, and you can know that I am loved and protected where I am. I have love on my own terms.”

Her mother’s eyes were wet as she acknowledged Kait’s words. It wasn’t her mother’s way to be effusive, but Kait was satisfied with the love and peace she saw in her eyes.

A week later, they boarded the steamship to England. Kait was so surprised that it only took a week to arrive in Plymouth. “The Steam Age truly is a miracle, isn’t it?” she asked Dan.

“It’s a strange time,” is all Dan would say.

After travelling all over Britain, they headed to Paris by train. She thought it was the most beautiful and romantic city in all the world. But then she went to Rome, to Vienna, to Brussels, to Athens, and beyond, she thought each of them was equally beautiful as the last, and with its own charm.

They got to see Siobhan play in two different venues in Vienna, and Kait got to spend the day with her in between performances.

They could have talked forever, it seemed, and the day seemed far too short.

“Where do you go from here?” Kait asked.

“We travel to Amsterdam next week,” Siobhan said.

“We’re going in opposite ways, then,” Kait said. “If you ever decide to take a hiatus, please let me know, and we’ll help you to come out to see us. My mother keeps reminding me that we live in the desert, but she doesn’t really know. The Sonoran Desert is green and lush at certain times of the year. I think most people think it’s just sand dunes and cactus. Now that’s New Mexico,” Kait laughed, “but it’s not where we live. There is much to see and do, and we have 800 acres of ranch to explore.”

“I would never have expected it, Kait,” she said. “But the Wild West life seems to suit you very well.”

They took the train up the Rhine to Frankfurt, where a telegram from Doyle awaited them. When the stationmaster handed Dan the envelope, he had a troubled look on his face. Kait was sure a thousand things were going through his mind as to what might have happened.

He opened the envelope carefully and slowly pulled out the message. He read it twice, then yelped and laughed. “Doyle says he’s found himself a good woman, and that they’re getting married in September and would we mind coming home.” He laughed again. “Just like Doyle,” Dan said. “They couldn’t have planned it a couple of months out knowing we were coming back in September anyway? But who knows? Knowing Doyle, he has completely forgotten when we were coming back.”

“Not likely,” Kait said. “He has our itinerary, or he wouldn’t have sent the telegram here. He knows when we’re supposed to be back. Maybe he just misses you.”

“Misses me? No, I ’spect by now he’s decided it’s not so easy to run a cattle ranch by himself.”

He looked the telegram over yet again. “This means we’re going to have to cut our trip by a month.”

“Well,” Kait said, “I was thinking maybe we should do that anyway.”

“Why? Has it been too much? Are you getting restless? Homesick?”

“No, none of that.” She laughed.

“Well, what then?” he asked.

She took his hand and placed it on her belly. “Feel that little bump? I’m pretty sure you’re going to be a daddy.”

He picked her up and swung her around. “I can’t believe it!” he said. “And all this time I just thought you were seasick.”

“But we haven’t been on the sea for three months.”

“Motion-sick or whatever they call it.”

“Well, you’ve been very solicitous of my welfare, and I’ve loved every minute of it. But now you know. It’s also why I got a couple of those dresses in a larger size.” He had let her buy some Paris fashions, and she had them all shipped back to the ranch except for one.

The last night on the ship back to America, they had a gala affair for the first-class passengers. She got to wear her new Parisian dress, and Dan wore his suit with his red brocade vest and black bow tie, and his newest, shiniest boots.

When they entered the ballroom, they had to identify themselves to the doorman, who, in turn, introduced them to the rest of the guests.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Mister and Mistress Gallagher of Half Moon Ranch, Arizona Territory.”

A whoop and holler went up, followed by scattered applause.

Dan winked at her. “I told you so,” he whispered. “They love us.”


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246 thoughts on “Love on Her Own Terms – Extended Epilogue”

    1. I really enjoyed reading “Love on her own terms”, a very well written story.
      Such a pleasure to read a clean LOVE story, you did an amazing job of introducing your characters along with some mystery, forgiveness and the Epilogue was GREAT. Wish it had been longer to include Kathleen and Dan’s baby’s birth.

        1. A beautifully written love story, filled with excitement, mystery, and a little side story of the Earp brothers. I highly recommend this book! Enjoy!

    2. I loved this story! There are plenty of twist and turns to keep you turning the pages.
      I really liked the way that Kait & Dan’s relationship grew and evolved. There was romance without in your face scenes. Very well done.

    3. Thank you, a perfect ending for a great book. I loved all the twists in the story and I’m glad Doyle proved himself in the end.

    4. I throughly enjoyed this book. I read it straight through waiting for the ending. Great love story full of adventure and new twists.

    5. What an adventurous story. The story of love and forgiveness. It was difficult to put book down for the night. Enjoyed the writing style and story. All the trouble and risks that Kait had to endure until she met Dan was exciting.

    6. I enjoyed this book very much. Love on her own terms, was great and each chapter was exciting, with stories of the Earps brothers. I will read other books by you. Thanks for writing this book even though it was longer any any book I have read. All books I read now are ebooks from Kindle books.

        1. I enjoyed the story line the characters,etc. Would love to see more about the Kait, Dan, their baby, and Doyle, his bride and their wedding. Will certainly read more of your books.

    7. Love on her own terms was a very well written book. Just the right amount of twists and turns and a clean romantic book. Thank you

    8. This book was so much more than I expected! I love your books, but Love On Her Own Terms was over the top! The character development, angst, deceit, love, and mystery were amazing! I literally couldn’t put the book down! My husband had to repeatedly tell me that it was bedtime, or that I needed to get up and walk around! I had a total right knee replacement 5 weeks ago and am not supposed to sit for more than an hour at the time! I’m eagerly awaiting your next book! Oh, I almost forgot about the clean language and subtle love scenes! 💖😇

    9. I so enjoyed “Love on Her Own Terms” Wonderful story with just the right amount of romance and action!_You have some it once again Carol! Looking forward to May mode of your wonderful books!

    10. This was a great story with some interesting twists and turns. I liked that you included the Earp brothers! I liked all of the characters, even the tarnished ones. It made the story more interesting and suspenseful! I’d love to see a sequel!

    11. I really enjoyed reading this story. Lots of twists and turns to keep me turning the page. Thank you for the extended epiloque. Would have liked reading about the birth especially due to the reference of Dan’s mother passing in childbirth and Dan being so closed off due to it. Looking forwardto the next book. Will it be about Doyle’s story?

    12. I read it all with a great deal of enjoyment. I feel your characters are new friends and I hope they appear in some way in your future writings.

    13. I really enjoyed Love on Her own Terms !! Great story and hard to put down !! Believe me when I say ,the Earp family being enclued really topped it off !! Could live and feel the action!! Thank you for the Extended Epilogue ! So happy about baby ! Looking forward to follow up book !

    14. Really enjoyed reading this book. Quite different from the usual “bride wanted out west” novel. Extended epilogue should be included as part of book. Sweet love story with interesting twists. 4*

    15. Great story. Very easy read as I didn’t put it down. The extended epilogue was an amazing addition. I’m looking forward to reading more of your books.

    16. I very much enjoyed reading ‘Love on Her Terms’ as well as its extended epilogue.
      I can imangine other stories spring up from this…(for instance) I wonder about Doyles transformation…I can envision struggles and adventurage encounters arising (hopefully I wont have to wait to long to find out). In the meantime I believe Ill just sit down and enjoy one of your other books.

    17. I enjoyed these books, could hardly put them down. So well written and surprise s along the way. Can’t wait for your rolling books.

    18. Wonderful, I loved everything about this story from the START!!!! Kept me in my Kindle, LOL. Please keep THEM coming I am a dedicated reader of these kind of book!!!!! Thank YOU again!!!! Jan

        1. Just finished “Love in Her Own Terms” and it was one of my most favorite books of all time. You were able to keep each of the characters fresh and the book was impossible to put down! Thanks for adding the epilogue!

    19. I love your books. There is so much story with love, intrigue, much mystery. Also some history, thank you for the joy of reading a really good book.

    20. I cannot add any more words than the comments below. I loved reading the story and the extended epilogue.
      Keep writing these fascinating stories. I am going to catch up soon with your writing them.

    21. Hello my name is Debbie,

      I have read many of the reviews and find I cannot add adeqitly anything that has already been said. I have been surprised, as I have never read any of your other books, and fulfilled as a reader by your completeness in your story telling. There was nothing I longed for emotionally, for the reader, that was left undone. Most often that is the case.

      Looking forward to reading additional works of fiction you create.

    22. This book had adventure and romance plus insight into the wild west and upper class Boston. Can’t wait to read more from this author.

    23. I enjoyed this book so much!! It was hard to put down!! It is such a joy to read a book that has everything, excitement, drama, intrigue, romance, suspense, mystery, lots of action and a clean story as well!!! I look forward to reading more of your books. Thank you so much for the great entertainment!!!

    24. Great read. And I don’t take the word ‘great’ lightly. Your writing kept me goin’ page after page. I came across the word hydrated and thought it was a bit trendy for the genre but I really appreciate the clean reading. I will be waiting for more of your stories. 🌵

    25. The book and the extended epilogue are very entertaining! I love reading about mail order brides, but this one adds to that with the Earp involved!


    26. A very well written book. It holds the readers interest, and while one thinks they know the why’s and wherefore’s of the plot, there’s always that little bit of mystery to make you keep turning the pages. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. And thanks for the extended epilogue. That was perfect! Barbara

    27. You left us hanging regarding why J.R. Was single again? He implied that Dan had something to do with that relationship? When will we find out? Also, I definitely want to hear about their baby! As well, as Doyle and his fiancée. Hoping there is more to come? Thank you!

    28. I have thoroughly enjoyed the wild ride that is, “Love On Her Own Terms”, which every time I was certain had come to an end, took an exciting turn into a completely different direction. This was a well written story of a young girl finding herself promised in an arranged marriage who sets out looking for freedom and a chance to experience life and love as she wishes. She becomes much sought after but protected by a varied group of characters only to find her own love right before her eyes. I give it five stars.

    29. I love your writing… You hit all the right themes… Comedy, suspense and romance. I was intrigued from the beginning of “Love on her own terms” to the extended epilogue… Thank you. I’ll be reading more of your novels indeed.

    30. Hi Carol.
      I enjoyed the story of Kait and Dan. She was caught up in the whirlwind Doyle, I found that quite amusing! The extended epilogue was a nice story but could have started, and followed on as a new book about Doyle and his woman with inputs of Kait, Dan and their baby.
      Thank you for an entertaining read. Looking forward to reading more of your books.

    31. Carol, I truly can’t put down your books. This one did not disappoint they never do! What a wonderful different kind of mail order bide story. From the first page you took me on an exciting adventure. What your wonderful characters go through is a journey with so many twists and turns, I loved the ride. Your books are always filled with clean tender romance, life lessons like forgiveness and unconditional love. A pure delight to read, and I so enjoy the extended epilogue to continue to see where their journey goes.
      Looking forward to reading the next one. Thank you for treating your readers to such fantastic stories!

    32. I thoughly enjoyed Kathleen and Dans story. Full of action; and lots of sweetness. loved the ending on the ship. Need book 2!

    33. I really enjoyed reading your books. I have been so engrossed i read them both in two days. Looking forward to reading call of the lone wolf.Keep me reading were the twists and turns of events.

      1. Thank you so much for your kind words, dear Carol:) I truly appreciate it. I’m really happy that you like my stories and I hope you’ll enjoy my future ones too!

    34. I enjoy reading your books. I’m not a fan of a lot of sex in my books. Your are very readable. Good story and happy ending are my thing. Keep them coming. Just wanted to let you know my husband and I are married for 61 years. He reads his. History books and I read my westerns.

    35. Love on her own terms was a great read. In her quest to get what she wanted and deserved their were potentially dire consequences. How brave would a woman have to be to face that hell.
      Lovely touch to include the Earp brothers. I enjoyed the extended epilogue and had wondered if maybe the parents would have been behind the shooting of Dan. I personally would have like them to be a bit more contrite about what they proposed for their daughter and that they suffered the consequences of their misguided actions. I wanted revenge for Kathleen haha

    36. Oh how I loved this story. The characters, the drama, soooo fantastic. Thank you again for such a wonderful read. Kathleen

    37. Enjoyed this book so much. I was born in Tucson, Arizona.
      I now live in Texas. I had the opportunity to travel the state and have many fond memories of growing up in Arizona.
      Thank you for this book .
      Would love to read a book that included the Pima and Apache Indian tribes in good favor.

    38. I loved this book so much, that I hated to read the end. Thank you for such a wonderful story!

    39. What a splendid story! I could hardly put the book down. Each character was so genuine. Thank q.

    40. Twists and turns made this usually very very predictable genre very delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed it’s wonderful characters and well developed plot. Highly recommend.

    41. I enjoyed this story so much that I didn’t want to put it down. It was page after page of excitement Keep in me wondering what the next event would be. I want to now what the next chapters will reveal about their return to the ranch.

    42. I have read this story more than and each time I couldn’t put it down until I finished the whole book of Love on her own terms.
      I love the way a sprinkling of truth and reality makes this story so believable!!

    43. Wonderful story. All that intrigue. The fact that you included the Earl brothers was great. I couldn’t put it down. The fact that Kait had to run away from home in order to find herself was interesting. What she found was a lot more than she bargained for.
      I think that she handled herself very well under the circumstances. After being hijacked by Dan’s brother Doyle and then being kidnapped by that J R character and not knowing if her husband was dead or not shows real strength.
      Thank you for sharing this with me.

    44. I loved the whole book and the extended Epilogue. It was well written with a lot of mystery. I have read well past midnight more than once.

    45. I really enjoyed this story it had adventure romance and kept me up late reading because I couldn’t put this book down. Loved the characters also.

    46. I enjoyed the book very much because the story was exciting and professional. It was great to read a story about a town we visited, where we were entertained by a cowboy shooting show. Our home is also in Arizona, the state that we love!

      Ione Heinrichs

    47. I just couldn’t put this story of Dan and Kathleen aside. Such strong characters and a fun read. I hope the next one shows Doyle growing up and coming into his own stronger self. Also, a baby boy or girl for Dan and Kait?

    48. Hi I enjoyed this book very much. The story raced on with me on the edge of my seat thinking how many more upsets before they both admit their feelings and let go of the angst. Like one of your other readers I would have liked the extended epilogue to finish with the baby’s birth. Keep on writing and I will keep on buying cos I love your books

  1. I loved it! I read a lot of Western romance and this was one if not the best! Loved the plot, and the tangled romance! Thank for the chance to read it!

      1. Another great read, found it hard to close the kindle and do some work before sneaking time to read the next chspter or two or …… congratulations on producing another mosgt enjoyable story with a great mix of strong and loyal characters as well as bad or mixed up men, can’t wait for your next book .

  2. This was fantastic! I was so happy to see that it was much longer than most Extended Epilogues.
    I not only loved this Extended Epilogue, I loved the book too!

  3. Carol, what a lovely tapestry of love, hate, fear & forgiveness that you have woven with Kathleen & Dan. Good western romance with a flair of mystery is my favorite.
    Thank you for allowing me to review this awesome book. Look for the next one with great expection.

  4. I keep losing this – so will say I thoroughly enjoyed this book . It was fast paced and had tons of great characters! You should write books on some of the others in the book, like Doyle.

  5. Very good read! Kept my attention, loved the intrigue with no smut! I could hardly put it down. Would have preferred the epilogue to end with her having the baby. Keep the stories coming!

  6. I really did like this story and the epilogue was the icing on the cake ! It is late and I just finished reading this story so tomorrow I will write my review to post on Goodreads and bookbub and Amazon too as soon as I find this title on those sites ! If there are other sites i should post to please tell me. Thank you for this great story!!

  7. I enjoyed the complexity of the plot and characters, although the villain was a bit too intense for me.

  8. I loved the original story. The epilogue gave a good ending but I think it was a little much for a cowboy who had never been pass San Francisco.

  9. I just found you as an author and this was my first book but not my last. The story was well written and I enjoyed your adding a real life character such as Wyatt Earp and “gang”. The extended version was great I love finding out after the story what happens to the main stars. My next read will be Call of the Lone Wolf. Thank you for such enjoyable reading I could not put down your story. I will recommend your works to family and friends. I usually read around 100 books per month but this one made my month!

  10. Loved the book and extended story. It took me a while as It was long and I had to put it down several times. I couldn’t read it all in one sitting this time. Kept me on the edge of my seat.

  11. Great book. Couldn’t put it down. Loved reading about the Earp brothers. Wyatt and Josie’s story would be a great read too.

  12. Oh I loved your book! So much happened to our lovely lady Kathleen and her handsome man Dan from the first page ALL the way through to the last. Also, the extended epilogue helped to bring closure to their story. Thank you Carol for such a wonderful story. Even Doyle has a happier ending! LOL

  13. I loved your book, Love on her Own Terms, and the extended epilogue made it even better. I look forward to reading your next book.

  14. I loved this book and the extended epilogue. I look forward to reading more of your books. Keep up the excellent writing.

  15. loved the story and couldnt wait to get to the end. the extended story should be part of the original story. cannot wait until the next book comes out

  16. I loved the complex love story and how they helped each other to understand themselves through each other. Loved the strength of both of the main characters. So much fun to follow through the twists and turns of their life together. Good work!

  17. Love the book, the characters were so believable, and a added bonus with historical figures (the Earps). The extended was a welcomed addition, but what about Doyle?

    1. Lovely! Glad you liked the story, my dear Allison! Make sure to stay tuned because I have more stories coming. I will keep your question in mind for my future stories 🙂

  18. I really enjoyed this story. The characters were great and the extended epilogue helped to finish the story for now. I loved all of the twists and turns.

  19. What an amazing Western world you have created! The characters are truly believable, and the Earps are a unique anchor for this story. I have always been a fan of the Earps since I was a wide-eyed kid glued to our old (new, then! Lol) black and white vacuum-tube television, so including them and parts of their stories made this all the more real. The story of the Gallaghers and their place in a real West story is a series I am truly looking forward to! Hurry, Carolyn, I’m awaiting!!!

  20. Great story. I loved all of it and read it through from start to finish with only breaks for food and drink. I look forward to reading more of your books.

  21. Really enjoyed reading this . The extent ed story was great. Would like to know how it went with baby and what they had.

  22. Really enjoyed the book. The epilogue was great. I never want a good book to end. Look forward to reading Doyle’s story

  23. Really enjoyed reading this book. It was so different than the usual mail order bride book. Will be looking for more of your books.

  24. I loved this book. The story kept a.rollicking pace and also kept my interest. It was a lovely lifeline having the famous interwoven throughout the story. Lovely strong characters. Would love a story of Doyle to finish it off. Only characters that seemed flat were her parents. But all the same a lovely,lively story. I would recommend and give 5stars. Will buy more.

  25. Dear Carol I loved your book it was very enjoyable. Clean, mysterious, exciting love stories are my favorite stories.Thanks for the epilogue. Love to about how Dan loves through the baby. Thanks again👍

  26. Really enjoyed reading this book,have read many of your books.
    Can’t wait to see Dan reaction to Doyle and his future wife wedding.

  27. I loved this book and the extra at the end. It kept me reading late into the night. Great story. Keep the stories coming. I love clean romance and love stories. I cannot wait to read about Doyle and his bride.

  28. What a wonderful story! I really didn’t want it to end. The characters were very real and believable. I hope this story continues in future books. Thank you! Gail Terres

  29. It isn’t often that I get hooked right up front with a book and not want to put it down, but that was the case with this one. Love the sweet romance without in your face sex scenes. I do hope you have a sequel introducing us to Doyle and his wife as well as Dan and kathleens ‘s new baby.

  30. Once again you have cracked it by writing a novel that makes reading very easy and yet leaves you wanting more, especially with the extended epilogue.

  31. Great reading. Clean romance, great mystery, good friendships, and just over all clean story lines. It’s so nice to read romance stories that are so well written and that keeps you so enthralled that you just don’t want to put the book down.

  32. Oh wow!! I have truly enjoyed the last couple of books of yours I have read! I love these types of books and wish there was more to Kathleen and Dan’s story. True love is such a wonderful thing to find! The special someone! Thank you Carol.

  33. Another great book. Love the old west stories and the happy ever after. The characters were greaat and the twist and turns were unexpected. I really enjoyed the book.

  34. I loved the story and characters. This is a wonderful, clean and exciting read. It has drama and suspence. So looking forward to reading more of your stories.

  35. What a great western story and the Earls added authenticity to the story. And the extended epilogue was good hope there is a story about Doyle and his bride. THANKS for an enjoyable read

  36. Overall I enjoyed the story and the characters. I tend to grind to a halt when there are glaring errors that a proofreader should have easily caught. Such as the Drs name changing several times. And the Earps taking Dan out to the barn to tell him of J.R.s escape. But a chapter later not knowing why the Earps would be out on the prarie. Still in all I did enjoy the book. Would like to read more of Chavez and Fox.

    1. My dear Theresa, thank you so much for your kind feedback. It’s always welcome, as it helps me become better and better. I’ll check with my editor about these.

  37. Your writing is a pleasure to read,it flows and has no grammatical errors. The story was a great read. Thank you so much. Carol Chater. Johannesburg South Africa 🦋🤗

  38. Love On Her Own Terms is a wonderful story that kept me entertained from start clear through the extended epilog! I’m always a bit sad when I get to the end of a good book, especially one with a baby coming!

  39. Read this again as part of a book bundle. Ordinarily I would skip a book I’ve read before but I couldn’t pass up the chance to read it again.
    Once again thoroughly enjoyed

  40. Really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one. Love that their is no sex and that there is some violence in it but not a lot. Real enjoyable and would recommend this book . Like to read about the wild west and how people used to live and how they eventually got on with the Indians.

  41. What a wonderful story. Loved watching so many characters grow into themselves, maturing to good people. The scared and weak becoming confident and strong. Well written, highly recommend

  42. A very good story and good views of life in the “wild West”! Thank you for a clean, well written, stick to the facts book!

  43. I will add my request to earlier ones, a sequel would be really good, with Doyle and his new life and a little more about Kait and Dan.

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