Chase the Wind (Love Travels West, Book 3)

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Summary

Sometimes its not about the destination, but rather the journey. Clark is searching. After years of living with no purpose, no hope, no meaning or value to his existence, he's trying to turn his life around, trying to discover his place in this heartless and mostly cruel world. He doesn't know where he's going or where he'll end up, he's just moving forward, heading west, chasing the wind, hoping it will lead him to the person he lost when she died - himself. Chase the Wind is the 3rd book in the Love Travels West series. Journey with Clark as he wanders through the terrains and valleys of the Wild West, and discover where this search will lead him.

Genre:
Romance / Thriller
Author:
cradle_life
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
34
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
16+

Book I. Prologue

Chase the Wind.

Book I.

"But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie."—Khaled Hosseini

Prologue.

Laughter and joy drifted from the large house. It was only a few hours till the old year would fade and the new year would float in with the dark hours of the morning. A feeling of new hope hung in the air, the slate would be washed clean and everyone had a chance to try and start a fresh. The talk of the guests at the table was of the different plans and goals everyone had for the new year and of guessing what 1875 would bring them.

Dani took a deep breath as she walked into the house. She was no looking forward to the task she had to do. Quietly making her way to where Clay sat, she put her hand on his shoulder.

"Clay," she whispered, "I need to tell you something, privately."

Clay raised his eyebrows but complied, and rising from the table followed her outside.

"Is something the matter?" Clay asked, rather perplexed at being called away from a very entertaining conversation.

"It's Clark," Dani quietly informed.

Clay drew his breath. "What about him?"

"He's...well...he's gone, Clay."

Clay's eyes widened. "Where too?"

"Back to wherever he came from, I'm not exactly sure; New Mexico I believe he mentioned. He wants to catch some runaway outlaw, called him 'the Judd Brother'."

"Does he, does he plan to come back?"

"No," Dani shook her head. "No, he's not coming back. He asked me to tell you that he couldn't put Addy behind him and because of that he couldn't stay here. He asked me to tell you he's sorry it ends like this, that he wishes you well and that he knows you'll understand."

Clay lowered his head. He'd feared as much, he'd hoped he'd be able to convince Clark to remain but there was too much tied up in their history, too much baggage in their past for Clay to be able to change that man's mind.

"I'm sorry, Clay," Dani whispered.

"It's alright," Clay gave her a weak smile, "I do understand. Excuse me please."

He went back into the house, but didn't bother returning to the room full of happy, festive people. The coming new year suddenly lost some of its shine. He had hoped that this year he would finally be able to connect with his brother, that they could try and start it all over again, pick up where they had left off and do it right this time. Clark, sadly, had other plans.

Clay quietly walked up the stairs and to the bunk where his brother had lived during his short time on the ranch. He noticed a pile of clean shirts and trousers folded neatly on the bed. Having come with just the clothes on his back, Clark had been wearing clothes given to him Clay, since the two men were the same size. Clark hadn't taken them with him, he hadn't taken anything that had been given to him by Clay. He'd never wanted all that 'charity' anyway.

Hanging his head, Clay sat down on the bed. "I should have let you have her, Clark," he spoke in a quiet, defeated voice, "I should have let you marry her. After all, I can live without her, you can't, you never could." Clay lifted his head and gazed out the window. Darkness was already settling in, and the horizon was one big shadow, tinted here and there with the last remaining colors of twilight. Knowing the company downstairs would be wondering what was the matter, Clay pulled himself together and rising from the bed went to the door. He paused before he left to glance back. "Forgive me, my brother," he whispered and departed, shutting the door softly behind him.

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So we have embarked on the next book of the series. This book will center mainly around Clark and his adventures. I'll be uploading a chapter once a week on Fridays.

Chase the Wind can be read independently from the rest of the series, or you could go back and read the stories that lead up to it as it will help you sympathize more with Clark and all he has been through.

Either way, I truly hope you will enjoy this new story in the Love Travels West Series.


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Shaima khnm: It's a hot and sizzling as well as beautiful. I really love this story. Even I love this previous book it's awesome.

Adely Vega: Yo yo nos i like the story line thank you

smscox326107: Really enjoyed reading this. Smooth transitions. Had a couple of spots where words need to be changed. I was left wondering if that they would have had a child though. 🙂🤷‍♀️

Maria Guthmiller Conley: I enjoy as the books continue that new characters continue to be added that add a whole new depth to the story & play a key role or action in the storyline. I love their depth of character. It would be nice to have some normalcy for but a moment... Before the world becomes unsettled yet again. Bu...

Patty: Love the book

Marta MS: I love how the story is so different from other stories. Just love the plot, and there are still so many questions that need to be answered 🤗 it's so exciting 🌺

maariyah: Such a good story... just proves that one person can truly make a difference 🧡

Mariya: Good book after a long time.....

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Alexandria Newell: It was good but the whole story should be there.

Maria Guthmiller Conley: This one felt shorter. But, intense. Painful & magical. Thrilling end with a twist I can't wait to read the next book to unravel.

Jane Ashley: Ice story, great plot. Let’s see where it leads. I’m thinking Fifi lol

Alzina Kress: Its dragging on, I would like to know why he kidnapped her. What is the damn mystery.

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