Finished October 12
The Scoundrel by Lisa Plumley
This light historical romance was an enjoyable read. Set in 1882 in the town of Morrow Creek in Arizona Territory, local blacksmith Daniel McCabe is in no hurry to settle down. He likes flirting with the ladies and the bachelor life. Local schoolteacher Sarah Crabtree is considered the most level-headed of the three Crabtree sisters and she leads an active outdoor life as well as teaching the local children. She and Daniel have been friends since childhood, but she's always harbored secret romantic feelings for him. When Daniel's young nephew Eli arrives on a train from the east to stay with him, he suddenly finds himself unequipped to provide a stable home environment for him and looks for a quick solution. When he proposes a marriage of convenience to Sarah, she can't believe it, and agrees before she considers the ramifications.
As Sarah adjusts her expectations and Daniel adjusts to his new domestic life, lives change, and dreams give way to realities.
Fun characters make this book an easy read.