Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris

Emily McCarthy needs either a job or a husband. Since teaching posts for women are few and far between, Emily reluctantly accepts the mail-order-bride offer placed in the Chicago Daily Tribune by wealthy Montana rancher Bart Axel. On the way there, her stagecoach is held up. Luke Sullivan never intended to “rescue” Emily; he simply wanted the money Axel had cheated his father out of years ago. However, when Luke sees Axel’s fiancĂ©e, he knows Emily has no idea of the kind of man she is about to marry, which leaves Luke with only one option: take Emily with him. Newcomer Harris enriches the plot with plenty of good, old-fashioned western ingredients, including cattle rustling, cowboys and Indians, evil villains, and a conflicted hero who is saved by the love of a good woman. Deftly imbued with both the realistic grit and the courageous spirit of those who settled the West, this is an excellent genre-crossing choice for both romance fans and western readers.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book although at one point I did think "oh no - not another catastrophe". But everything that happened built on the things before it to bring the book to a very satisfying conclusion. The title is a bit misleading - the story is more from Luke's (the Vigilante) point of view than from Emily's, as I had expected.

In any case, it was a good book and highly recommended.


Thanks to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of this book.

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