Zenobia “Zee” Gray is the owner of a restaurant catering to rough, untamed miners during the California gold rush. When a handsome man arrives looking for work, Zee is shocked at how different he is from the other men in the camp, who are looking to make fast money by striking gold. Sam Ransom is a hard worker, and when a prospector’s partner dies in childbirth, Zee realizes that he is compassionate as well. However, both Zee and Sam have secrets in their pasts that they keep well hidden, and when people from Sam’s past arrive in Muddy Flats, they both realize that they must admit to their past mistakes in order to move on.
The pacing of the love story in Sierra Ransom is pleasantly realistic. Although Zee and Sam are quickly attracted to each other, they get to know and respect one another before a physical relationship develops. Several side plots keep the action going, and the secondary characters are diverse and lively enough to hold readers’ interest. Recommended for readers who enjoy Western romances.