River With No Bridge by Karen Wills.

Nora Flanagan has led a difficult life. Growing up as an Irish orphan in Boston in the late 1870s, she struggled to find work and enough money for food and shelter. The chance for a happy life seemed impossible until she met Tade Larkin.

Tade is convinced they can do great things in Butte, Montana, where there is no prejudice against the Irish. Nora travels West to join Tade, but when his life is cut short she must carry on somehow in a strange and wild country.

It’s not until Nora endures even more loss and want that she makes the acquaintance of a gentleman who helps draw her out of her despair and gives her hope.  Their journey together is not without trouble, and at times it seems they’ll never survive the dangers that threaten their new home and family. 

Nora’s courage and determination against the hard life in Montana make the River With No Bridge a compelling and touching story. 

Reviewed by Chris Enss, COWGIRL Book Editor, and a New York Times Bestselling author who writes about women of the Old West.