Elena Sauseda is a beautiful young Mexican girl, eldest daughter of Teodor Sauseda, the Round Top Ranch’s general manager in Texas. Readers are introduced to the RTR in Book 1, Fool Me Once, learning that it’s one of The Westlake Group’s early investments and they meet Elena in Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows.
As the story continues, Elena chafes at her careful upbringing under the watchful eyes of her parents, her extended family and all of the RTR’s ranch hands. She wants to see more of the world and in Book 4 of the Riverwood saga, Ride A Pale Horse, applies for a summer job as nanny to two small boys on Nantucket, far from home. The family falls madly in love with Elena…and she falls madly in love with their teenage son.
At the same time, it’s Stephanie Deschaines, teenage daughter of The Westlake Group’s Luc Deschaines, who travels from her home in Virginia to spend the summer after her high school graduation at the RTR, taking advantage of Elena’s unoccupied bedroom. She intends to spend the time improving her Spanish before matriculating at her father’s alma mater, Dartmouth College.
Readers will enjoy the twists of fate in Book 4, Ride A Pale Horse, with Elena and Stephanie as main characters.