By the time Dominic and Moira St. Clair get their ailing sister Odessa to Colorado Springs in the winter of 1883, she is nearly dead. Seriously ailing for the past year from the consumption, an illness that has claimed four of their younger brothers, their father has sent his only surviving children West to chase the cure.
Several days after her arrival, Odessa witnesses what she fears is the murder of miner Sam O’Toole, friend and neighbor to Bryce McAllan. What’s more, Sam leaves her a poem containing clues that seem to direct her to his mine, a mine purported to carry a fantastic vein of silver, if she cares to follow the trail. But if she is ever to rise from her bed again, she must first concentrate on conquering the giant that threatens her --- consumption. Indeed, she must learn to breathe again --- daring to embrace her life, her future and hope in her God.
As others near the O’Toole mine die, Odessa must choose between settling into love and solving the mystery, never dreaming she might do both. But those who wish to claim the O’Toole mine as their own are tracking her, intent upon taking what is hers, one way or another.
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BREATHE: A Novel of Colorado (The Homeward Trilogy, Book 1) © Copyright 2011 by Lisa Bergren. Reprinted with permission by David C. Cook. All rights reserved.