In the Montana Territory in 1875, Cassie Griffin, pregnant and newly widowed, has just buried her husband when the menacing Mort Sawyer tries to force her to marry his wastrel son, Wade. When handyman Red Dawson comes to her rescue with his own marriage proposal, Cassie immediately accepts his offer as the lesser of two evils. Meanwhile, Red has his own misgivings about marrying a woman who plainly is not used to roughing it.
Accustomed to her controlling first husband, who constantly belittled her, Cassie reminds Red of a china doll, pretty but fragile. She must learn to adjust to life with a man who likes her to think for herself—even as Wade Sawyer still wants to claim her for himself.
Though the caring, sensitive, and rugged Red sometimes seems a little too good to be true, and Cassie’s low self-esteem makes her rather heavy company at first, Montana Rose is an engaging romance, with likeable characters and a light touch that makes its message go down easily.