From the award-winning author of Answer Creek and Eliza Waite comes a tough, gritty story of an indomitable woman in early 19th century Arizona Territory.
Ruby Fortune, once the “Girl Wonder” on the Wild West circuit, faces an untenable choice: murder her abusive husband or continue to live with visible and invisible scars. Now a single mother of four boys in her hometown of Jericho, a rough and tumble mining town north of Tucson, Ruby opens a roadside inn to make ends meet. An affair with a Black miner puts Ruby’s life and livelihood at risk, but it isn’t until his life is threatened—and hers as well—that she considers letting him go and sets in motion a plan to save herself, her inn, and her sons.
Shaped by Sweeney’s thorough research and vivid prose, Hardland delivers a tough, fast talking, shoot-from-the-hip heroine who goes to any length to survive in one of the harshest towns in the American West.
Released in September 2022