A feisty widow; a dashing outlaw– something’s
Beautiful Maggie Turner was the soul of respectability, determined to earn an honest living for herself and her town children in rough and tumble nineteenth century California.
Dominick Sanders was shrouded in mystery, known to Maggie as the notorious Kissing Bandit—a man who kissed the women in the stages he robbed! It was enough to make Maggie’s blood boil—and heart pound faster.
But now these two are thrown together in a mock marriage designed to deceive the world. Maggie has no choice but to play along—or else risk losing everything she’s ever worked for, including the man she has no business loving.
I loved writing this book because it takes place in one of my favorite towns, Santa Barbara, California. I actually walked the old stagecoach road searching for the right spot to send a coach over the mountainside–literarily speaking, of course. Surprisingly, the ruts of the stagecoach wheels can still be found.
It was also fun to write about a female shoemaker. Having learned the trade from her deceased husband, Maggie Turner is determined to open her own shop. She knows a thing or two about High Button shoes, popular from the 1870s until World War I.
Nothing makes you forget your other troubles faster than a tight pair of shoes!
The shoes were well suited for Victorian times; only the most morally challenged women would be seen without high collars, long sleeves and boots designed to keep ankles appropriately hidden from the male eye. Women paid dearly for such modesty; once the shoe was on the foot, a hook had to be threaded one by one through twelve or more holes and each button grabbed and pulled back out.
The overlapped panel hid the closure and allowed women to wear the smallest possible size. Flesh bulging over the tops of the boots were hidden under long skirts.
In fairy tales, shoes are often an escape
from a humdrum life.
A shortage of leather during the war and women in the workforce made the flapper shoe more practical. But then, as now, women still wanted something larger– in the same size.
So what is your favorite type of shoe?
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
How about cowboy boots?
Come on, fess up!