What if a nineteenth century city girl with dreams of stepping into a scene from her favorite dime novels finds a way to do just that? This was the starting point for what would become The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper (Waterbrook, June 2009). Eugenia “Gennie” Cooper was a New York socialite with a reading habit she hid from everyone but the help.
Daniel Beck, however, was far too busy tending his fortune and running Beck Mining to find time to read. With no interest in any sort of adventure, the Englishman turned Colorado resident needed help – as in someone to tame his adorable but allegedly out-of-control ten-year-old daughter. Thus, as fate and the Lord would have it, Gennie gets her chance to exchange train tickets with the woman headed out West and lands on Daniel’s doorstep. Unfortunately, he’s not home, which sets her off on a tirade about her opinion of a man who would so poorly esteem his duties as a parent.
With two opposite personalities about to attract, how could anything but a love story follow? What readers of The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper don’t know is that until Gennie galloped her way into Daniel’s life and heart, he was dangerously close to giving in to logic and marrying the girl next door, the lovesick Anna Finch.
So, what of Anna? Will she meet her match? Of course! If she can just get rid of the pesky Pinkerton bent on ruining all the fun. But that’s a story for another day. A story called Anna Finch and the Hired Gun (Waterbrook, June 2010).