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 fiancée, 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.