Love’s Gambit in the Wild West – Extended Epilogue


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The sun hung low on the horizon, casting a warm, golden glow over the sprawling ranch of David and Selah Westbrook. It had been nearly two years since their joyous wedding day, and the couple was now preparing to welcome a new addition to their growing family.

Selah, her radiant smile framed by loose curls escaping from beneath her bonnet, gently cradled her burgeoning baby bump as she stood on the porch of their ranch house. David, with his rugged charm and a sense of quiet contentment, was busy tending to the horses nearby. Their love had only deepened since that fateful day when they had declared their vows beneath the wide-open western sky.

As Selah gazed out at the landscape that had become her home, she couldn’t help but feel a profound sense of gratitude. The untamed beauty of the American Wild West still took her breath away, and she marveled at the life they had built together. It was a life filled with love, laughter, and the promise of a bright future.

“Selah, are you alright?” David called out, his voice filled with concern as he approached her.

She turned to him, her eyes shining with happiness. “More than alright, David. I’m positively radiant with joy.”

David’s eyes softened as he took in the sight of his wife, his heart swelling with love. “You have a glow about you that’s brighter than the midday sun.”

“It’s our little one,” Selah whispered, her hand resting on her belly. “Our family is growing, David.”

He stepped closer, placing a gentle hand on her stomach, feeling the tiny kicks and flutters of their unborn child. “I can’t wait to meet this little one and hold them in my arms.”

Their tender moment was interrupted by a flurry of excitement as Emily, now a vivacious eight-year-old with golden hair and sparkling blue eyes, raced towards them. She had grown into a spirited and curious child, filling their lives with boundless energy and endless questions.

“Momma, Momma, the baby’s kicking again!” Emily exclaimed, her eyes wide with wonder.

Selah laughed, bending down to scoop her daughter into her arms. “That’s right, sweetheart. You’re going to be a big sister soon.”

Emily’s eyes lit up with delight. “A big sister? Like in the stories you read me?”

“Yes, just like in the stories,” Selah replied, her heart brimming with love for her family. “And you’re going to be the best big sister in the world.”

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting the sky in hues of orange and pink, Selah, David, and Emily stood together on the porch, their hearts united in anticipation of the newest member of their family.

Little did they know that their journey was far from over, and their hearts would continue to be filled with love, laughter, and the enduring promise of a life well-lived in the American Wild West.

As the days turned into weeks and Selah’s pregnancy progressed, the excitement within the Westbrook household grew. Emily, now proudly embracing her role as a big sister-to-be, was eager to help her mother prepare for the arrival of their new baby.

One sunny afternoon, Selah and Emily were in the nursery, arranging tiny baby clothes and folding blankets. The room was adorned with soft pastel colors, and a crib awaited the newest member of their family. It was a space filled with love and anticipation.

“Momma, do you think the baby will like these?” Emily asked, holding up a pair of knitted booties with delicate bows.

Selah smiled warmly at her daughter. “I’m sure the baby will love them, just like I love you.”

Emily beamed, her heart swelling with pride. She had grown into a thoughtful and caring child, eager to welcome her sibling into their loving home.

Meanwhile, David was in the barn, preparing a new stall for their horses. His strong hands worked diligently, and his mind was filled with thoughts of the expanding Westbrook family. He couldn’t wait to hold his newborn child and watch them grow, just as he had with Emily.

It wasn’t long before word spread through their close-knit community that the Westbrooks were expecting a new addition. Neighbors and friends stopped by with well-wishes, homemade gifts, and offers of help. The Wild West had a way of forging deep connections among its inhabitants, and the Westbrooks were cherished members of their community.

One evening, as the sun set in a fiery blaze on the horizon, Selah and David sat on the porch, savoring a moment of quiet together. The world around them seemed to hush in reverence of the love they shared and the life they were bringing into the world.

“David, do you ever stop and think about how our lives have changed?” Selah mused, her eyes fixed on the horizon.

David nodded, his gaze filled with tenderness. “Every day, Selah. I thank the heavens for bringing you into my life.”

Their love story was a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of love. They had faced challenges, overcome obstacles, and had emerged stronger and more deeply connected than ever before.

As the days passed, Selah’s belly grew rounder, and the excitement in the Westbrook household reached a fever pitch. Emily would often sit with her ear pressed against her mother’s belly, listening for any sign of their baby’s presence. The love that flowed through their home was palpable, and it filled every corner with warmth and joy.

One afternoon, as Selah and Emily were sitting on the porch, enjoying the gentle breeze, a rider approached the ranch. Dusty and weathered, he dismounted and approached them, his face etched with remorse.

“Selah,” David called out as he saw the visitor, his voice laced with concern.

The man who stood before them was none other than Robert, the man who had once caused turmoil and heartache in Selah’s life. He had served his time in jail, paid his debt to society, and was now seeking forgiveness.

“Selah, I know I’ve caused you pain,” Robert began, his voice trembling. “But I’ve changed, truly changed. I want to make amends for the past, to make things right.”

Selah exchanged a glance with David, her heart heavy with mixed emotions. The past had been painful, but time had a way of healing wounds, and forgiveness was a powerful force.

Selah took a deep breath, considering Robert’s plea. Her life had transformed in the most beautiful way since she had met David, and she no longer carried the weight of the past as heavily. Emily had flourished into a joyful child, and the prospect of welcoming their new baby into the world filled her heart with hope.

“Robert,” Selah finally spoke, her tone measured and kind. “I believe in second chances. We all make mistakes. If you’ve truly changed and wish to make amends, then I’m willing to forgive you.”

David nodded in agreement, his gaze steady. He had known the depths of Selah’s pain, and yet, he too believed in redemption.

Tears welled in Robert’s eyes as he let out a sigh of relief. “Thank you, Selah, David. I promise I’ll do everything I can to make things right.”

With Robert’s return to their lives, their ranch became a place of healing and reconciliation. David, Selah, and Emily shared stories and laughter with Robert, gradually mending the wounds of the past.

Emily, with her youthful innocence, embraced the idea of forgiveness wholeheartedly. She saw Robert as a changed man, eager to make amends, and her acceptance was a testament to the power of forgiveness.

As Selah’s due date approached, their household buzzed with preparations. Friends and neighbors rallied around them, offering assistance and well-wishes. It was a community bound by shared values and a sense of belonging.

The day finally arrived when Selah went into labor. David and Emily stood by her side, offering words of encouragement and support. The ranch’s trusted midwife, Mrs. Leslie, was there to assist, ensuring a safe delivery.

Hours later, the cry of a newborn baby filled the air. Selah’s heart swelled with love as she held their precious child in her arms.

“It’s a girl,” Mrs. Leslie announced with a smile, her eyes sparkling with joy.

Emily couldn’t contain her excitement as she gazed at her new baby sister. “She’s perfect, Momma! What should we name her?”

Selah and David exchanged a knowing look, their hearts full of gratitude for the blessings in their lives. “We’ll name her Grace,” Selah whispered, her voice filled with love.

Grace Westbrook was a symbol of the second chances life had bestowed upon them. She was a reminder of the power of forgiveness, redemption, and the enduring bonds of family.

The days turned into months, and Grace grew in the loving embrace of her family. She was adored by Emily, who took her role as a big sister with pride and responsibility. Their ranch echoed with the laughter of children and the warmth of shared moments.

As the seasons changed, so did their lives. Selah’s family from New York planned a visit, and her younger sister expressed a desire to stay with them in the West. It was an opportunity for Selah’s sister to start a new life and contribute to the growing Westbrook family.

Selah’s heart swelled with excitement as she imagined the adventures and challenges that lay ahead. Their ranch had become a place of healing, love, and second chances, and she couldn’t wait to share that with her sister.

The American Wild West had witnessed their journey—from hardship to love, forgiveness, and the promise of a brighter future. The extended Westbrook family, with its bonds forged through trials and triumphs, was a testament to the enduring spirit of the West and the power of love to transform lives.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the ranch, Selah, David, Emily, and Grace stood together, their hearts intertwined by a love that had conquered all obstacles.

The Westbrooks had found their home in the Wild West, and together, they embraced each day as a new adventure, knowing that their love and the bonds they had forged would carry them through any challenge that lay ahead.

And so, their story continued—a tale of love, family, and the untamed beauty of the American Wild West.


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37 thoughts on “Love’s Gambit in the Wild West – Extended Epilogue”

  1. Hello, my dears! I truly hope you enjoyed our couple’s happily ever after! They absolutely deserved this heartwarming happily ever after, don’t you think? I would love to know which was your favorite part! Please share your thoughts with me here! Thank you – always! ♥️📚

    1. This was another beautiful story you wrote. It was about longing for love, loss of love, and budding romance. It also had a lot of excitement going on with cattle rustling of David’s cattle kidnapping of Selah and tantrums from a child also grieving but in the end Love, marriage, loving family, addition to the family and forgiveness. very good book.

  2. Very interesting story. He had not gotten over the death of his wife and she arrived because her family need her to leave and work. His cattle is rustled then she is kidnapped.
    Keeps you wondering what next.
    The EE is a nice ending.

  3. Great story. Only a few mistakes. However, in the EE, it says John found love. I thought he was already married to Mary! Confusing! Thanks for another great one!

  4. Excellent story. I so enjoyed seeing father and daughter finally get closer to each other. Evil tries to separate them from Selah but love won out. Love the extended ending. Love and forgiveness made their lives much better than bitterness would. Thanks for another great read Carol.

    1. I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed the story and found the journey of the father and daughter coming closer heartwarming dear Charlotte. It’s always satisfying when love triumphs over adversity. I’m glad you appreciated the story and the extended epilogue!

  5. This was a very nice and different story. I really enjoyed reading it. You always write your characters with unique and interesting traits. Thank you for yet another good book.

    1. I’m delighted to hear that you found the story very nice and different, and I’m thrilled that you enjoyed reading it, dear Sherrie! Creating unique and interesting characters is always a joy for me, and I’m grateful for your kind words. Thank you for your support, and I’m glad you consider it another good book.

  6. I was enthralled with this book love your book!s I’m 74 and love to read Keep the books coming! God has blessed you with a gift of writing god bless😀😀😀😀

  7. Wondering how John and Mary an important part of the main story could get flubbed up in the EE. Mary being eliminated and John looking for a wife after we were told they were pregnant.
    I enjoyed the story otherwise.

    1. I am sorry for the confusion dear, you are so right! Sometimes my head runs faster than my hand and I make some honest mistakes! I am glad you enjoyed the story apart from that!

  8. Excellent read. I loved there was no profanity to spoil the story. Beautiful book, I felt like I was there in the story. Couldn’t put the book down. Read until six in the morning.
    First book I have read of yours and I will certainly be reading more. Looking forward to the next one. 🤗👏

  9. A great story of second chances. Love brings forgiveness and grace to others plus redemption to the lost.

    I am 84 and you bring great joy into my life with your human interest writing.


  10. I enjoyed Love’s Gambit very much. Interesting plot and well developed characters. Read it all in one day. This is the first book by Carol Colyer that I’ve read. Can’t wait to read more!

  11. I think it’s time to get a new story line. No more running from a suitor that turns into a villain, to meet the love of her life. Then the rejected suitor turns up to ruin her second chance.

  12. I so enjoyed reading your heartwarming stories! I love the clean, God honoring books, with nothing unclean to trouble ones spirit! Thank you! Keep up the good work!

  13. I enjoyed the book very much, but in the beginning David’s last name was Hunter. Selah’s last name was Westbrooks. Why did the family become the Westbrook family and the Westbrook ranch after they married? Perhaps this was an error when the book was placed in Kindle mode.

  14. If I read correctly, in the beginning Emily was five years old, then near the end she has just turned four, and in the extended epilogue, after only two years, she is eight. I’m very confused!!

  15. I love reading clean books that are still interesting and exciting. I enjoyed this book very much with the characters and plot. It was hard to put the book down. I look forward to reading more of your books.

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