Life can sometimes be one gut punch after another. A heart-wounded cowboy and a life-hurt woman try to find forgiveness with their pasts and each other.
The breath froze in Tucker’s chest, yet his heart raced. One look at the young doctor who appeared, and his knees buckled. Shane caught him around the shoulders just in time and dragged him to the nearest chair, forcing him to sit.
The doctor’s concerned gaze locked on Tucker, because he’d arrived at the hospital with the ambulance. “I’m sorry.”
The simple words made him recoil in horror. “She-she died?” How could he live with himself? He’d meant to save her, but he’d killed her instead. He slumped against the chair back, his body wracked with grief.
Darcy wailed in agony. “No! Not Brooke. Oh, God, not Brooke.”
In a daze, Tucker watched Frisco pull his sister close. His eyes were glistening with tears, too. Brooke had become special to them all during her short time on their ranch with Kyle.
Shane dropped heavily into the chair next to Tucker, cursing his anguish. His hands fisted until his knuckles were white.
The doctor cleared his throat to grab their attention. “No, you misunderstood. Miss McGuire is still alive,” he corrected. “She has a couple of broken bones and lots of bruises.” He hesitated, appearing to determine how to go on. “She’s unconscious. We believe she’s slipping into a coma. But she’s alive.”
Tucker closed his eyes and tried to absorb what he’d heard. She was alive. He barely heard the word “coma.” He was too busy thanking the good Lord, fate, and anything else he could think of for saving her.
Next to him, Darcy sobbed against Frisco’s chest, mumbling something he couldn’t make out. He figured it was her relief. He wanted to roar his own, but held it in. His gut warned him there was bad news coming. They hadn’t heard about Kyle.
Shane, taking charge, faced the much shorter doctor. “What about Kyle?”
Strain tightened the physician’s face. He looked at each of them, flinching a bit at Shane’s fierce expression. Then he focused on the deputy. “Mr. Carrington didn’t make it. Too many internal injuries.”
At first, Tucker shook his head in denial. As the truth settled inside him, he felt sick to his core. “Kyle’s dead,” he repeated on a pain-filled hiss.
Released: January 14, 2021 – Paperback and ebook