Two ranching tycoons. A decades-old feud. A sheriff bent on ridding the town of lawlessness . . .
In the midst of the trouble brewing in Laramie City in 1878, Julia Carson yearns to be free of her parents’ smothering and wonders whether she’ll ever find a man worthy to love in such a violent town rife with outlaws.
But when Robert Morrison sneaks onto her ranch the night of her sixteenth birthday party, Cupid shoots his arrows straight and true. Aware that their courtship would be anathema to their fathers, who are sworn enemies, Robert and Julia arrange a tryst.
Yet, their clandestine dalliance does not go unnoticed, and forces seek to destroy what little hope their romance has to bloom. The star-crossed lovers face heartache and danger as violence erupts. When all hope is lost, Joseph Tuttle, the new doctor at the penitentiary, is given a letter and a glass vial from Cheyenne medicine woman Sarah Banks.
The way of escape poses deadly dangers, but it is the only way for Robert and Julia to be together. It will take the greatest measure of faith and courage to come through unscathed, but love always conquers fear.
Western Romeo and Juliet
by Charlene WhitmanWyoming Tryst is a twist on Romeo and Juliet, set in Laramie, Wyoming, in 1878. No, the star-crossed lovers do not die at the end, so no worries! There is a happily ever after.
While the novel follows Shakespeare's play quite faithfully, you'll find many colorful characters, including the bitter and angry warden of the federal penitentiary that has a beef with Lester Carson, Julia's father and Dr. Joseph Tuttle, from Colorado Dream, who has recently relocated to Laramie City to serve as the prison's new doctor for the female inmates.
Laramie's rich history as the first "feminist" town provides a great backdrop to this story of two rich ranching families and their mysterious feud, the secrets of which all come out in the end.
Laramie, in 1870, had women jurors and a woman bailiff, and women had the right to vote. In contrast, the town was as lawless as they came, with 23 brothels and no churches.
When I went there to scout out locations and research the history, I knew this town would be perfect for great conflict and exciting action. But touring the penitentiary gave me a rush of plot ideas, especially upon hearing how 25% of the prisoners escaped (really!).
So, Wyoming Tryst is a sweet romance set against this backdrop, and yes, there are some tense moments in the prison.
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Title: WYOMING TRYST
Author: Charlene Whitman
Publisher: Ubiquitous Press
Genre: Sweet Historical Western Romance
The author of “heart-thumping” Western romance, Charlene Whitman spent many years living on Colorado’s Front Range. She grew up riding and raising horses, and loves to read, write, and hike the mountains. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins as an English major. She has two daughters and is married to George “Dix” Whitman, her love of thirty years.
The Front Range series of sweet historical Western romance novels (set in the 1870s) includes Wild Horses, Wild Hearts, set in Laporte and Greeley. Colorado Promise, set in Greeley, Colorado; Colorado Hope, set in Fort Collins; Wild Secret, Wild Longing, which takes readers up into the Rockies, Colorado Dream (Greeley), and Wyoming Tryst, set in Laramie, WY.