Claiming the Heart
Josie Leclede, while working with her father to survey the new Texas and Pacific Railroad, meets and falls in love with Gabe Corrigan, who is supervisor of the track laying crew. Gabe is divorced, the divorce having been arranged by his ex-wife’s politically powerful father. At first, Gabe, who had no input in the divorce, is determined to win his ex-wife back…feeling not love as much as a need to assuage his ego, which was badly bruised by the dissolution of the marriage. But as his love for Josie deepens, he realizes that his first marriage was a mistake, and he no longer wants it reestablished.
When the railroad reaches Ft. Worth, Gabe becomes a wealthy man, and is ready to declare his love for Josie, but his ex-wife and her father come back into the picture. Her father has reversed the divorce, and given his recently acquired wealth, Gabe’s wife wants him back.
Seeing and believing that she was only a diversion, a heartbroken Josie goes to Missouri to take a job with the newly chartered KATY Railroad. But has she seen the last of Gabe?
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Fort Worth, Texas
After the storm of the Civil War had passed, Henri saw opportunities in Texas. He sold out in St. Louis, and when Josie was sixteen years old, they and the Lanes, along with the Lanes’ two-year-old son, Julius, moved to Fort Worth, where Henri started the Laclede Grocery and Dry Goods store. They had been in Fort Worth for five years when seven-year-old Julius, who was sweeping the boardwalk in front of the grocery store, looked up to see the stagecoach arriving.
Dropping his broom, Julius ran inside to give the news.
“Miss Josie, the stagecoach is comin’ in! The horses are... see more