This is a Harlequin Historical book published in 1999. Although it's an older book, it appears on many lists of good westerns. It's in my top 25. The author continues to write poignant stories set in the old west that are reminiscent of Lorraine Heath.
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Joe's Wife by Cheryl St. John. This one is truly a heartwarming book!! I INSIST when next you visit a UBS you look for this one and get it!! And if they have more copies, get them too and send them to other readers. This one is in the top 25 (#18) of my all time favourite books. I have two copies myself in case I can't find one. I've read it a number of times now and every time I do, it still gives a powerful punch!!!!
Joe Telford was the perfect son and the perfect husband. But Joe didn't come back from the war. Meg, Joe's widow, will hang on to his ranch...even if she has to marry the last available man in town. Tye Hatcher has a reputation for drinking, gambling and consorting with loose women. Tye Hatcher is the last available man in town.