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Cowboys & Harvey Girls #3

January 2020
On Sale: January 1, 2020
352 pages
ISBN: 1492667102
EAN: 9781492667100
Kindle: B07W37543H
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Also by Anna Schmidt:
Pathfinder, January 2020
The Oregon Trail Romance Collection, November 2019
Longing for a Cowboy Christmas, October 2019
Renegade, July 2019


The Harvey Girls, in full uniform, stood shoulder to shoulder, arms linked, at the entrance to the church. Emma was at the center of the lineup. Grace Hopkins was on her left and a woman Max didn’t recognize was on her right, all three also in uniform. Sheriff Bolton stood before them, shouting out threats to arrest the whole lot of them. Off to one side sat the bride, her face blotched with either fury or misery or both. Father O’Meara stood between McCoy, the local lawyer, and Mr. Gilmore, trying without much success to get them to lower their voices. And instead of consoling his bride, whose day had clearly been ruined, RJ stood with his arms around his mother—and his eyes fixed on Emma. Max started making his way through the crowd.

“Wait, Max,” Aidan called, stopping him. “Let them alone. This just might work.”

“Mr. Campbell,” Ford said, “please explain why employees of the Harvey Company are staging what appears to be a protest outside a church of all places.”

“It was all their idea,” Aidan said, gesturing toward the waitresses. “Emma’s really—along with Grace and Lily, of course.”

“Who’s Lily?” Max asked.

Aidan pointed to the woman standing to Emma’s right. “She’s married to Cody Daniels over there. He was the former sheriff here before Bolton took over. Now he’s the territorial representative.”

Daniels was standing with Nick, and both men were smiling as they watched their wives. Max felt his temper rise. This wasn’t some show. This was his wife, accused of a crime she did not commit and about to pay a price for that. He strode over to the two men. “What’s so funny?” he asked, directing his question to Nick.

“Max! You’re back, and none too soon,” Nick said. He ignored Max’s question and introduced him to Cody Daniels.

Cody shook his hand then turned his attention back to the women. “Magnificent, aren’t they? It’s a new world, my friends, one where our ladies will no longer be content to step aside and allow the men to fight their battles. I’ve seen hints of this in Washington and on my travels but never thought I would see it here in Juniper.”

Max realized the smile he had taken for humor was in fact pride. “Still,” he said, “Emma needs help, and I aim to be the one who gives it.”

He took a step forward but was stopped when Daniels and Nick blocked his way. “Big mistake,” Nick told him. “Look at your wife, Captain.”

He realized Emma had been so caught up in the drama playing out on the church steps, she had yet to realize he was there. But he also saw her head raised in defiance. Her eyes were bright with the certainty that she was in the right. He felt a smile tug at his mouth.

Just then, Frank Tucker approached Emma and the other women. “Ladies, perhaps you could tell us what it might take to end this standoff and allow these young people to get on with their wedding.”

The crowd stilled and leaned forward to catch every word.

Emma turned her head and fixed her gaze on RJ. “An admission of truth,” she said.

“And an apology,” Grace added.

Cody’s wife, Lily, stepped forward. “Does anyone here who knows Emma Elliott think for one minute she would ever take something not hers? Does anyone here think for one moment she would be caught dead wearing that gaudy piece of paste jewelry?”

Mrs. Gilmore’s head snapped up. “The stones in that brooch are real,” she shouted. “Tell them, Seymour.”

Suddenly, the bride stood and marched forward. “It was RJ,” she said, standing toe-to-toe with the sheriff. “He told me to make some excuse to call Miss E back to the house as she was leaving. I did as he asked.” She glared at her intended. “As I have always done, but no more.”

RJ grabbed her roughly by the upper arm.

“Are you going to hit me again?” she said, tossing her head. “Because with all these people watching, it would be hard to say I fell.”

RJ hesitated just long enough for Trula to wrest herself from his grip. She turned and walked to the lineup of Harvey Girls, standing before Emma. “He’ll never apologize,” she said, her voice shaking, “but I will. I am so very sorry.”

Max saw Emma unlink her arm from Grace’s and make room for Trula to join their ranks.

RJ’s parents stepped forward. His father’s face was bloated with anger. “Young lady, that is my grandchild you are carrying.” He ignored the shocked gasp that came from several onlookers, but Mrs. Gilmore grasped his forearm tightly.

“Seymour, not here,” she said.

“Not according to your son,” Trula replied. “He says it’s not his. Go on. Ask him.”


Excerpted from Pathfinder by Anna Schmidt. © 2019 by Anna Schmidt. Used with permission of the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. All rights reserved.


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PATHFINDER by Anna Schmidt

Cowboys & Harvey Girls #3


Return to a time
when the West was Wild...

Captain Max Winslow was once a pathfinder for the Army, blazing trails and keeping his brothers-in-arms safe. Now he's the star of a Wild West show, reminding curious audiences of days long gone. The world around him may be changing, but that doesn't mean he has to accept it—not when there are frontiers yet to be explored.

When Max first sets eyes on no-nonsense Harvey Girl Emma Elliot, he knows that anything between them would be impossible. She's a realist embracing what the future holds, while he's a dreamer, determined to preserve the West he once knew. And yet something about Emma's strength of will calls to him. It isn't long before Max must decide: is there room in his dream for love, or will his resolve to hang on to the past jeopardize their future?

Romance Historical | Romance Western [Sourcebooks, On Sale: January 1, 2020, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492667100 / ]

About Anna Schmidt

Anna Schmidt

Anna Schmidt is a three-time finalist for the coveted RITA award presented annually by Romance Writers of America (RWA). Her novel A SISTER’S FORGIVENESS gave Anna her fourth finalist honor for the Reviewers’ Choice Awards from Romantic Times magazine. She has won that award twice before. In 2013 she was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by her local Wisconsin chapter of RWA.

Where the Trail Ends | Cowboys & Harvey Girls





16 comments posted.

Re: Anna Schmidt | Exclusive Excerpt: PATHFINDER + Giveaway!

sounds so good,,fingers crossed
(Vickie Couturier 9:23am January 1)

The stories usually has more action instead of just one on one interaction.
(Sharon Good 2:19pm January 1)

Must go way, way back to growing up watching cowboy series
on tv and all those handsome cowboys in the movies who
always saved the day and the woman.
(Melanie Rosen 2:28pm January 1)

I love cowboy romance because a lot of the time you find they are in small towns or areas with good people.
(Cynthia St. Germain 5:56pm January 1)

I love to read cowboy romance because when I was little I
always wanted to marry a cowboy and live in a ranch. I live
my fantasy while reading a cowboy romance.
(Lynne Brigman 6:11pm January 1)

There is something special about the West. Back then it
was a chance for a fresh start. Where you could prove the
type of person you were, or wanted to be, without the
preconceived view of you from your past. Hard work
counted for something. The opportunity to build something
for yourself and your family was there. Even women could
build a life that often was not available to them in the
Eastern part if the nation. There were many dangers from
the land, the weather, and the evil people wanting to take
whatever they could get. We lived in Colorado for several
years and there is still the feel of independence, working
hard, and a certain respect for others and the land. The
western romances give us an opportunity to step back and
get the feel of being there during that time period.
(Patricia Barraclough 12:30pm January 2)

I guess my love of cowboy romances started when I was a child, probably first by reading books about horses and the cowboy owner, then watching movies and television with cowboy heroes. I'm much older now and especially enjoy good books with a cowboy hero.
(Anna Speed 1:55pm January 2)

- always nice to be transported to the wild west . ...
(Martin Bodnar 10:48pm January 2)

I love a farm man. Met my husband and we lived in his dairy
farm for a several years. Love the man and I love the
(Mackenzie Bates 5:13am January 3)

They're so masculine, know the land and the outdoors.
(Tracy Urschler 8:40am January 3)

I just love the idea of cowboys!
(Nancy Reynolds 4:47pm January 3)

Sounds like the Wild, Wild West where arguments are settled
now by both sexes. Looks like a sassy read.
(Alyson Widen 12:52pm January 4)

I love cowboys because they are usually very caring and put
family first. I also like the small town setting where I
can get to know the neighbors along with the main
(Tina Rucci 4:18pm January 4)

Cowboys and the West definitely an appealing read.
(Rebecca Shields 9:17pm January 5)

I love these because I live in the West.
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