Alone on a wagon train and threatened by the man who murdered her mother, Dixie Dandelion steals a horse belonging to an undercover Pinkerton agent and escapes to the town of Six Shooter Siding.
Hired at first to cook in a railroad camp, she begins to make friends, even the town’s soiled doves assist her when she buys the abandoned ranch. Determined never to depend on others, especially men, Dixie is torn between trusting Pinkerton Jackson McCullough and standing on her own.
But will this new independence be enough to save Dixie when the past catches up with her?
She’s on the wagon train heading west with her mother and stepfather. She can’ believe her stepfather would kill her mother but that’s what happened. And everyone says it was an accident. She knows when nightfall comes what happens next won’t be any accident. So she lays down fully clothed with her knife. When he attempts to rape her, she stabs him and runs…
The author writes a very good western tale. The girl is eighteen and has only the money she stole to live on. She goes to the nearest town, Six Shooter Siding. With a little luck and the help of cowboy back at the wagon train, she manages to get there and find friends. She even gets a job. But the man she stabbed isn’t through with her yet.
My favorite part of this story is watching Dixie mature. She appears braver then she is, most people thinks she’s fearless. She just doesn’t want them to think of her as weak. Weak women end up dead like her mother. I also enjoyed her father’s ghost visiting with her. She needs guidance and he’s there to help. They argue a lot but it’s amusing. Her father is right for the most part.
There’s a budding romance where she won’t ask him to stay and he won’t kiss her until she’s ready. She deals with Indians, a Chinese cook and his family, and soiled doves. The girls come to be ranch hands, learn to shoot, deal with animals and more. She even invites a retired buffalo soldier to be her foreman. Defending her property and animals and herself from danger turns out to be a challenge.
This is a tale that will keep you reading and hoping all the way through. I’d be happy to find more about Dixie Dandelion. After all, now she’s going to be a Pinkerton Agent.