This is the first book in a collection called Wyoming written by Colleen Coble. Previously out of print, it is now available digitally.
Sarah is mourning the loss of her childhood love, Rand. He has been killed in the Civil War and it seems like most everyone around her wants her to move on. She is getting a lot of pressure from her family to marry a prominent man in town. Sarah has decided to cave in to their wishes. She will never love anyone the way she loved Rand, so she figures it matters little that she will never be happy with Ben.
Rand has been thought dead everyone who loves him. His letters didn't seem to reach the family, so everyone is amazed when he shows up on their doorstep. Ben was supposed to tell Rand's family that he was recovering and he did not. Ben also has involved his brother, who works at the post office, to intercept Rand's letters home. Rand's shock turns to a feeling of betrayal when he hears about Sarah's impending marriage. He ends up heading west to escape.
Sarah is crushed. She wants to be with Rand, but her father is ailing and she feels unable to leave him, even for the man she loves. Rand sees it as further evidence that Sarah doesn't love him as much as he thought and when her father dies, Sarah decides that she has to follow Rand west. She has to prove her love to him, but is she too late?
I loved this book. The characters were well written. The story continues in Plains of Promise. It is the story of Isaac, a minor character in this book.