Thanks for joining me to spy on Beau and Lydia Harding. Got your drink? Binoculars? Then we’re all set. 🙂
I’ll set the scene, we are here:
Welcome to Halls Pass, Colorado. Seeing as this is 1881, we’ll just pretend that those electrical wires and the highway aren’t in this picture. It’s mid-September, and the colors are changing as if God has upended a giant jar of glitter over the Rockies. A slight breeze ruffles our hair and tugs at sleeves–cheeky, but not enough to need another layer to escape its chill fingers.
Our first pair of characters, Beau and Lydia Harding, are sitting almost out of sight as they picnic on the mountainside across from us.
What’s that? You can’t see them? Here … let me just adjust your binoculars…. There. Is that better?
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Oops! Too close, I can see the blanket weave.
Ah, there we go. Our hero, Beau Harding:
Beau Harding has hit rock bottom in the Rockies. No money, next to no food, and no way to turn his tomboy sister into a lady, Beau Harding just wants a little help. Okay, more than a little help. He’s tried to do his best by his siblings since his Ma died and it’s not good enough.
Beside him, Lydia Walsh is on the run. Once married to an abusive husband, Lydia is now widowed. Her former mother-in-law is intent on retrieving her grandchildren. Lydia couldn’t protect her children in the past, so chooses the devil she doesn’t know, and flees Denver as a mail order bride to the mountainous town of Halls Pass.
The quiet rancher she marries and expected to find safety and protection with turns out to have three siblings, next to nothing to live on, and is a crack shot who may or may not be one of the states best cattle rustlers….
Beau Harding wants to keep his family together and do the right thing by them. The mail order bride he marries comes with her own set of baggage: two more mouths to feed and empty hearts begging him to fill. The job he took for some quick money gets him thrown in jail for rustling, and then to clear his name he takes on another job–and learns that his wife may have been the one plotting his family’s downfall all along….
Can these two survive the wild west to find God’s will for their lives and healing for their hearts?
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A blog post sharing a behind the scenes look at this story. Spy on it here.
If you’d like to have some more visual information about Beau and Lydia, here is the Pinterest board dedicated to them.