In 1850, Martha Harding chased her husband’s killers to Texas. With the plan of revenge, she takes on the name of Mattie O’Sheay. She finds herself close but not close enough. Landing in the small town of Linden proved to harbor more than the killers, but also a tall handsome ranger, James Parker.
The beautiful woman he kept his eyes on rented a room at his mother’s boarding house. James Parker kept Mattie O’Sheay’s identity secret to help draw out the killers of her husband. Little did he know, the killers were not the only ones to tear her world apart. Is he man enough to put it back together again?
Review: This book isn’t all that long and is a sweet romance with a little suspense and some heartwarming moments. The characters are well drawn and distinct for such a short book and the author wraps things up nicely without rushing through things. Those who enjoy romance on the sweeter side without explicit sexual content, and enjoy a western flavored historical romance you will enjoy this story. I like to read these short stories in between longer books and preferably with a lighter tone to sort of cleanse my mind a little. This story is just right for a lunch break or right before bedtime so your mind is filled with pleasant thoughts before you turn in.
I liked Mattie’s character because she was bold with a strong sense of purpose. She was a hard worker, had principles and tenacity, but was also very human and could have her moments of temper and pain when she draws conclusions without knowing the whole story.
James is a very quiet man and we don’t often know just what is on his mind. He is obviously attracted to Mattie and the feeling is reciprocated but Mattie has justice on her mind and so she tries to put her feelings for James aside. The couple is awkward when it comes to communicating because both of them are so secretive. James is aware Mattie is not coming clean about why she came to Texas and as a detective he feels he needs to know about the woman that is living and working at his mother’s boarding house.
I liked the way James watched over Mattie without being overbearing and bossy. He simply observes her and gathers from her actions she is perhaps in trouble and might need a little help. He moved cautiously and sometimes takes matters into his own hands without calling attention to himself. He is rather impressive and will make Mattie a good husband.
This is one of those books that I have waffled on in the rating area. While it’s an enjoyable enough read I didn’t think is was substantial or “meaty” enough to give it over three stars. The author has wonderful potential though.