Ambitious, intelligent Sarah Donovan is the only female telegrapher in Denver. Though she is skilled at her job, she hasn’t won over everyone at her workplace—particularly Frank Bates, a jealous co-worker who dislikes the fact that a woman can do the job better than he can. When one of Bates’s pranks causes Sarah to misdeliver a telegram, she is forced to apologize to Daniel Petterman, a staunchly conservative undertaker who believes that women belong in the home, not in the public sphere. When Sarah and Daniel are both asked to serve on a committee to help solve the city’s stray dog problem, they discover that they have much more in common than they originally assumed—though it takes them quite a while to admit it.
The backdrop of Denver in the 1870s, with the suffrage movement gaining momentum, adds further depth to this breezy, enjoyable read. Sarah is an openly feminist heroine who is committed to women’s suffrage and to equal rights in general, and she isn’t afraid to be outspoken or politically active. Both Sarah and Daniel learn how to compromise without sacrificing their values or ambitions, and they find love in the process, making for a satisfying ending.