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From Book 1: October 1886--Seamstress Cinnia York wants more than performing with a traveling vaudeville troupeshe wants to put down roots. The day after the troupe arrives in tiny Morgans Crossing, the manager takes all the money and leaves town. By opening a dressmaker shop, Cinnia hopes to make the home shes always wanted, but Nola, the older sister who has made the decisions for the orphaned sisters, disagrees.
Leather worker Nicolai Andrusha is living in hiding as Nic Andrews until the patent on his familys tanning process is approved. Although hes under a mandate to keep a low profile, hes intrigued by the red-haired performer. Controversy arises when miners claim they paid the manager for private appointments with the female performers. Will Nicolai defy his family obligation to help the stranded beauty who has caught his eye?