Sadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent--though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.Sadie Wagner gets to Goldtree, Kansas because she has a cousin who lives there and sends for her to come and work as a clerk in the mercantile store run by two twin sisters, Melva & Shelva Baxter. Their brother, Asa Baxter, is the one who owns and operates the Opera House, but he is totally different than his sisters, unfortunately, for Sadie.
Thad McKane comes to Goldtree to investigate reports of a bootlegging operation. Once he earns enough money from the sheriff work, he plans to use it to pay for his training to become a minister.
Thad is immediately drawn to the lovely young singer who performs in Asa Baxter's unusual opera house. But when he hears her practicing bawdy tunes, he wonders if she's far less innocent than she seems. And when Sadie appears to be part of the very crimes Thad has come to investigate, is there any hope the love blossoming between them will survive?
Asa has carved an underground Opera House in one area of the mercantile store and unknown to his sisters, there are 3 tunnels going in 3 directions for this whiskey bootlegging operations, which is illegal in Kansas.
Thad is the new sheriff sent to bust the bootlegging operation. He never dreamed it would lead to Asa Baxter. What he did not know was that Asa was blackmailing Sadie and her cousin, Sid. This dilemna almost costs Sadie the man she loves but her and Sid decide that the truth must come out and that it is their duty to be God fearing citizens and to tell the new sheriff what they know.
What I have learned from most books that I have read is that the truth always has a way of coming out. No matter how hard you try to quelch it or how long it takes, it does come to the surface. In this book you will see the struggle and the toll it takes to conceal the truth and how liberating it can be to tell the truth. In telling the truth, Sadie & Sid benefit from telling the truth. You will enjoy their tale of mayhem and mischief along with the budding romance between Sadie & Thad!
Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of nineteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren.
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