I read this on the forum as a WIP and it is an unexpected love story.
Mariette Blaine is again rescued by the Cartwrights and after a rocky start and dealing with poor health, Mariette has new feelings about one of her "brothers." As the romance blossoms, it touches the heart.
A lovely story with an upbeat ending.
Thank you for reading it. It's so very different from yours I wasn't sure what you'd think. It was a lot longer than I thought it would be, and I really expected Mariette to die while saving Joe from some horrible fate, but then that didn't happen. Anyway, that was why I changed the ages, and then I couldn't go back.