Forever DreamsLeeanna Morgan / Romance & Love / Western
Montana Brides Series, Book 1
Copyright ? 2014 Leeanna Morgan
Published by Rogan Press
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author's imagination, and are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales or persons, living or dead, is co-incidental.
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About this Book
She came to Montana looking for answers...and found forever.
When Gracie Donnelly, a school teacher from New Zealand, arrives on a Montana cattle ranch, she has more on her mind than mending fences and feeding chickens. She's secretly searching for her father and answers to questions that could destroy a family.
Just one look at the fiery five-foot-one redhead and Trent McKenzie knows Gracie's going to be trouble. Ever since the failure of his first marriage, he promised never to listen to his heart again. Especially when his heart is saying he's falling in love-and the one thing Gracie's searching for is the one thing that could take her away from him forever.
Forever Dreams is the first book in the Montana Brides series and can easily be read as a standalone. All of my series are linked, so if you meet a character you like, you could find them in another book. For news of my latest releases, please visit leeannamorgan.com and sign up for my newsletter. Happy reading!
Other Contemporary Romances by Leeanna Morgan
(All series are linked)
Book 1: Forever Dreams (Gracie and Trent)
Book 2: Forever in Love (Amy and Nathan)
Book 3: Forever After (Nicky and Sam)
Book 4: Forever Wishes (Erin and Jake)
Book 5: Forever Santa: a Montana Brides Christmas Novella
Book 6: Forever Cowboy (Emily and Alex)
Book 7: Forever Together (Kate and Dan)
Book 8: Forever and a Day (Sarah and Jordan)
The Bridesmaids Club:
Book 1: All of Me (Tess and Logan)
Book 2: Loving You (Annie and Dylan)
Book 3: Head Over Heels (Sally and Todd)
Book 4: Sweet on You (Molly and Jacob)
Emerald Lake Billionaires:
Book 1: Sealed with a Kiss (Rachel and John)
Book 2: Playing for Keeps (Sophie and Ryan)
Book 3: Crazy Love (Holly and Daniel)
Book 1: Safe Haven (Hayley and Tank)
Book 2: Just Breathe (Kelly and Tanner)
Book 3: Always (Mallory and Grant)
Book 4: The Promise (Ashley and Matthew)
Book 5: Coming Home (Mia and Stan)
Book 6: The Gift (Hannah and Brett)
Book 7: The Wish (Claire and Jason)
To my family and friends.
"I'm the man you're looking for."
Gracie dropped her map of Bozeman Airport and stared into a pair of smoky gray eyes. If she hadn't been so tired, she might have smiled. But after twenty-three hours of nonstop traveling over two continents and countless time zones, her sense of humor had disappeared along with most of her worldly possessions.
With wide shoulders and a battered cowboy hat pulled low on his head, the man in front of her definitely wasn't who she was looking for. "I'm sorry. You've got the wrong person."
Bending down, he picked up her map and handed it to her. "Your name's Gracie Donnelly and you're a teacher from New Zealand. Gerald asked me to meet you. His mother had an accident and he's staying in California with her."
At least that explained why she hadn't found Gerald in the crowd of people waiting in the arrivals terminal. After spending too much time waiting for her suitcases, then realizing they weren't going to arrive, she'd thought he'd left without her. Gracie moved her carry-on onto her other arm, glad to relieve the weight digging into her shoulder.
"Are you okay?"
"I'm fine." She took a deep breath, wondering what else could go wrong. "I've been looking everywhere for him. I was worried that he thought I'd missed my flight. Is his mom all right?"
"She fell down some stairs and broke her leg. The school wants to wait until he gets back before you start teaching. Check your cell phone. He said he'd leave you a message."
Hunting through her carry-on, Gracie pulled out her phone. Two missed calls from Gerald were waiting to be cleared. As she listened to his messages, her heart sank. Before she'd left New Zealand, everything had seemed so easy. For two weeks she'd work with Gerald, teaching at Bozeman Elementary School and living with his family. The next six weeks would be spent working on a Montana cattle ranch. In between feeding chickens and looking after cows, she'd try to find her father.
Gracie was excited, her students were excited, and Gerald's class was excited. So she'd packed her suitcases, all four of them, and traveled thousands of miles to be met by a handsome cowboy, no luggage and no Gerald.
She wasn't so excited now.
"I'm Trent McKenzie, Ms. Donnelly."
A slow grin tugged at the corner of her rescuer's mouth. At any other time, Gracie would have taken a few minutes to appreciate the man behind the sexy grin. But not today, and not while she was in Montana.
"Nice to meet you, Trent. Thanks for telling me Gerald won't be picking me up. I can make other arrangements until he gets back to Bozeman."
"It's my ranch you were coming to in a couple of weeks. You might as well start your visit now and we'll sort something out once he gets home."
"Mine and the banks."
"But I thought you'd be a lot older?not that you have to be old to own a cattle ranch. I spoke with your wife and I imagined you'd be?" Gracie closed her mouth before it landed her on a plane heading back home.
"I don't have a wife."
Gracie stared at Trent and tried to figure out why nothing was making sense. He stared right on back, hands on hips and looking almost as tired as she felt. "But I spoke to Mrs. McKenzie. She told me all about the ranch and what clothes to pack. She even invited me to her craft group?what?"
At the mention of the craft group some of the tension left Trent's face. "You must have been speaking to my mom. Where are your suitcases?"
Trent's eyebrows arched so high that they disappeared under the brim of his hat.
"It's sad but true," Gracie sighed. "The lady I spoke to didn't know how long it would take to get them sent back to Bozeman. I've filled in all the forms and they're going to call me when they arrive."
"Do you have any other clothes with you?"
Gracie shook her head. "Nothing apart from what I've got on."
Trent's eyes wandered down her red sweater and jeans. The corner of his mouth lifted when he saw her purple shoes with orange flowers stitched across the top. "Nice shoes, ma'am."
Gracie looked down at her feet and thought longingly of all the other clothes she'd packed. She never went anywhere without at least half her closet jammed into her suitcases. She'd spent hours sorting through what she'd bring to Montana and what she'd leave behind.
It hadn't been easy, but with careful planning and more than one email to Mrs. McKenzie, she'd finally settled on the perfect wardrobe. Only now her suitcases were somewhere in Eastern Europe and the only accessory she had with her was an old baseball cap. It was enough to bring a tear or two to a woman's eyes. Or make her stomach growl like a wounded bear.
Gracie slapped her hand across her tummy. "Sorry. I didn't eat much on the flight."
Trent rubbed the back of his neck. "There's a caf? not far from here that serves great food. We could go there before heading across to Walmart to find you some clothes. You're more than welcome to stay at the ranch until we hear from Gerald."
Gracie bit her bottom lip. The arrivals area was almost empty. She was tired, homeless and hungry. In two weeks time she would have been going out to the ranch anyway, so making a decision about what to do next wasn't difficult. She was just grateful the six-foot cowboy standing in front of her wanted to be her knight in faded denim.
"Are you sure it's not too much trouble?"
"We've got everything ready and there's always plenty of work to do."
Gracie took a deep breath and felt her tense muscles begin to relax. An hour ago she'd thought she'd made the biggest mistake of her life coming to Montana. But maybe everything would work out the way it was supposed to.
She picked up her carry-on and smiled at Trent. "Thank you. I really appreciate all the trouble you've gone to. Consider me your newest employee."
"This way then, Ms. Donnelly." Trent's hand nudged her elbow as he steered her across the room. "Don't worry about a thing. You'll feel better before you know it."
"Could you please stop calling me ma'am or Ms. Donnelly? My name's Gracie."
"Whatever you say, ma...Gracie." With a slow smile, he added, "Welcome to Montana."