The year 1848 is a tough year for 19 year old Josephine
Chastain and her family. Jo is a smart woman and full of
book knowledge. Leaving Missouri for Oregon and a new
future, difficulties and tragedy strike the family. Jo is
struck down with typhoid fever. Declan Callahan, a large,
uneducated Irishman finds her ill and returns her to the
wagon. Declan has a colored past which includes the
kidnapping of Jo's sister, which was merely an order from
his boss. Declan is now the hired hand for their wagon
train. Being the only one who has had personal contact
with Jo, they are both forced to be left behind with Declan
to care for her while in quarantine and later return her to
her parents in Oregon. Her mother devises a "fake
marriage" to keep them from being ostracized by the
residents of the fort.
Quarantined in a tiny cabin in Fort John, Jo is
delirious while Declan cares for her physical needs and
paying exorbitant amounts of money to two men who determine
the quarantine and therefore have the ability to control
their future. As Jo begins to resurface to the living she
is still drawn to the handsome man from the wagon train.
Being an outspoken woman, she eventually convinces Declan
to take her virginity. As they are continually held
captive, they make a decision to escape in the middle of
the night. Now they are on the run from the two men who
intend to have all their money. Facing wild wolves, loss
of their horse, an insistent bear and hardships of near
death from mauling and drowning, they work their way,
mostly on damaged feet, to find her sister's farm in
Wyoming for shelter and from the men still tracking them.
With the perils behind them and still yet to happen, Declan
declares he is not good enough for Jo and must leave her.
Jo, heartbroken, cannot understand his thoughts since they
have both declared their all-consuming love for one
another. It takes time for Declan and his broken heart to
come to terms to ask forgiveness. But now is it too late
with all he has done?
If its excitement and escapades with a very book smart
young woman, this is the read for you. The characters are
exciting and quite amusing. This will give you a feel for
the hardships and trials of the old homesteading days where
the country was wild. This story is Book 10 in the Malloy
Familyseries. I thoroughly enjoyed THE PROSPECT. It
chucked full of trials and tribulations of the past as well
as much humor and trysts of a head strong young woman with
tons of knowledge and no experience determined to keep her
Josephine Chastain never thought a case of typhoid would
force her Oregon-bound family to leave her behind in Fort
John—in the care of the last man she trusts. Others in the
wagon train may have accepted Declan Calhoun’s motives for
kidnapping her sister Frankie, but not Jo.
When she wakes up from the three-week fever, though, she
finds some things have changed. Declan is her husband. And
their cabin is too small to contain the growing desire
While Jo fights for her life, Declan finds himself falling
for the bookish Chastain sister. A woman with a spine of
steel and a seemingly bottomless well of smarts. In other
words, everything he can never be.
Yet now is not the time to confess the little white lie that
has thus far kept her safe. Not when he must figure out how
to escape a quarantine that’s turned into extortion. And
resist Jo’s determination to seduce him before she learns
the truth. Before the unforgiving wilderness between them
and safety claims their lives.
Warning: Be ready for a learned but stubborn woman, a man
with a dark past who needs redeeming, and an adventure that
will light your hair and your panties on fire.