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The Wives of Bowie Stone

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  570 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Rosie Mulvehey studied the prisoners with nooses around their necks. Because of Kansas law, she could save a condemned man if she married him. When she picked the tall ex-cavalry man names Bowie Stone to help her save the run-down farm she swore she'd make a success, she didn't know what secrets lay in his mysterious past, or that he'd prove to be more than she bargained f ...more
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 31st 2009 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1994)
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Denise
In the town of Passions crossing, a county ordinance allows a woman to marry a convicted man to save him from hanging. There were 4 men facing the noose and Rosie Mulvehey has first choice. After dismissing 3 men, she picks Captain Bowie Stone. Rosie is in desperate need of a man to help her get in her crop. She is marrying for this reason only, she is not interested in an actual relationship. For that matter, neither is Bowie Stone.
Rosie has been severely physically and sexually abused by her
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Pamela(AllHoney)
Maggie Osborne is an amazing writer and writes some of the best western historical romances I've ever read. While this was no exception, there were elements that I found hard to read about. Most particularly, the subject of abuse and alcoholism. I felt she handled it well. The story had a serious tone to it and had several heart-wrenching moments but also had enough of a lighter tone to it that it didn't totally depress me.
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Two women with problems overcome them, change, and fall in love. Good storytelling.

STORY BRIEF:
Bowie was dishonorably discharged from the Cavalry because he refused to follow an order to kill Indian women and children. Then he shot someone in self defense, but the witnesses lied. He is going to be hanged. Kansas has a shortage of men and a strange law. A woman can save a condemned man if she agrees to marry him. Rosie inherited a farm and needs a man to help run it. She chooses Bowie
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Noelle
If I could give this book more than 5* I would. I just loved this story. Magggie Osborne writes lovable but flawed characters so well.

I loved how she wrote Rosie (h).She had a horrible past, was an alcoholic, refused to bathe, and basicly lived life as a man. What becomes obvious to the reader is that this is her way to insulate her self, to keep every one at arms length and protect her self from repeating what her stepfather had done to her.

Bowie (H), was a walking ghost, a dead man that didn'
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Dinjolina
An all around good book.

One thing in particular I found very brave when it came to the things the author wrote: (view spoiler)
It was a good turning point and solid reason for Bowie and Susan to not have a future. It was written and executed well, especially considering the fact that he was loved by Susan’s new love interest. He was not a bothersome or unwanted character that you could just dispose off. It had to, and was, written very carefully and realistically. This
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Crista
After reading The Promise of Jenny Jones, I thought NOTHING could top it. I stand corrected....The Wives of Bowie Stone is even better!

This book is not for the faint at heart because it tackles tough issues. Rosie, the heroine, is an alcoholic who was sexually abused by her step father. Her character broke my heart. The after- affects of her abuse have left her damaged beyond repair...until Bowie Stone comes into her life.

I love redemption/transformation stories...and this is defintely one of
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Laura
I liked this book a lot. But I didn't love it as much as some of Maggie Osborne's other western romances. Maybe it was just the order in which I read them because the heroine in this book reminded me a lot of the heroine in one of her other books (Silver Lining) and that book was my all time favorite. Perhaps if I'd read them in the opposite order I'd be giving this one the 5 stars and that one 3.

But enough about me...

This is a really good western romance that has a main story and a sub story. T
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sunsetsylvia
Loved, loved, loved it! This is probably my favourite Maggie Osborne romance so far. Very surprising, intense (with some angst) and not formulaic at all.
Until way into the book I had no clue, how Osborne is going to resolve the dilemma.
Marleen
Well this was a disappointing read.
I’m still trying to find a book by Maggie Osborne that equals the quality and the entertainment factor that she delivered in Silver Lining. Not in this one, that’s for sure. From start to finish I got very annoyed with the two female leads. I can't help but saying that it irritated me to no end that these women were depicted as formulaic and childlike. Rosie starts off as a drunk. She's 23. Then turns her life around thanks to Bowie. Then there’s Susan, Bowie’
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Laylah
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Ana
I know what you’re thinking. That woman just loves anything Maggie Osborne wrote. Guilty! What can i say? When she’d good, she’s fabulous. Any of my friends who have read her books count her as a favorite and I do too. Her work is gritty, sweet, dark, enlightening and each and every character is complex and well crafted. They don’t sit around and stew over love, they handle their business and don’t get caught up in the petty stuff. They are real, well-rounded characters. With each book I feel a ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I really like Maggie Osborne's westerns. She does a great job of creating the dirty, challenging, world of the early west. I love the way she draws her characters;women, men, Indians, miners, farmers, shopkeepers. Both of her westerns that I've read have featured people on a journey of self destruction taking a permanent detour to redemption and finding happiness in the process. It was well worth the trouble of finding this book through our inter library loan system.
People who like Cheryl St. J
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Charlie
I don't usually do this (writing a review for a book I haven't finished that I intend to finish), but I'm going to make the exception! I'm just over halfway through.

The characters are awesome!! They have such depth that allows the reader to want to find out what happens to them even when the reader doesn't even like the character.

From the title, genius that I am, I surmised early on that Bowie would have multiple wives. Stupidly I thought that it would be a story about him recovering from a firs
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Brenda
The "Wives of Bowie Stone" was one of the best books I have read in a long time.

I laughed until I cried at all of his wives getting together and going after Bowie, comparing themselves because they were all his wives.

If you want a really good book to chase away the blues, or to fill your day, this is a perfect book.
Linda Holden
I loved this book. I need to find a copy so that I can keep it. The two women characters are somewhat atypical of the usual romance novels.
Marilyn
Easily one of the best westerns I've read in a long time. As a writer, Maggie Osborne lives up to all I've ever read about her.
Yvette
The characters in this book are so strong and incredible.
Julie
Loved this old west story that vacillates between the two wives of - yes, Bowie Stone! Stone, who has seen better days, after facing ignominy after a court martial is faced with a choice of either hanging or marrying Rosie, a Calamity Jane type, who had an abusive childhood and is bent on making a go of her farm, but she needs the help of a man with the planting and plowing, etc. Rosie is a diamond in the rough, it's hard to tell under all the grime and drink she pours into herself, but Bowie ge ...more
Mariachiara
Titolo: Rinascere all’amore

Titolo originale: The Wives of Bowie Stone

Trama: Kansas. Fine ottocento. Siamo nel West e Rosie Mulvehey è in difficoltà: la sua fattoria sta fallendo e le serve al più presto un aiuto. Così decide di salvare un uomo destinato all’impiccagione, appellandosi alla legge del Kansas che consente di riscattare un condannato a morte sposandolo. L’uomo su cui cade la scelta è Bowie Stone, un ex soldato di cavalleria dai trascorsi misteriosi, che accetta di darle una mano ma s
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Bluefly
Se stessi per essere impiccato, probabilmente accetteresti qualsiasi proposta piuttosto che dare soddisfazione alla grande Mietitrice. E così, Bowie Stone, magro, sporco e nascosto sotto un'ispida barba incolta, accetta di sposare la donna più improbabile che possa capitargli, Rosie Mulvehey, altrettanto lurida e malmessa, ma non perché appena uscita di galera come lui...
Rosie, che fuma il sigaro, impreca e veste come un uomo, sceglie Bowie tra una rosa di non proprio invitanti candidati alla fo
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Darla
This is the 2nd book I read by Maggie Osborne and I loved it just as much as I did Silver Linings, which I've read like 5 times. I loved the story build up between Rosie and Bowie, how they were both using one another for their own benefit, but then later, the attraction slowly started to grow once they really got to know the other. It was a sweet love affair that happened between them and I really loved the journey. I was happily surprised to see that actually there was another love story that ...more
Kelli
DNF - By 40% into this book, I completely lost interest. There appears to be two love stories developing and I have no interest in either one. Both female main characters are irritating - one for being obstinate and belligerent to the point of stupidity and the other just being stupid. There was not enough character development to make me interested in waiting for the redemption of either and the hero(es) are similarly lacking in dimension. The book starts with a series of events that seem expos ...more
Cherise
Reread. I remember liking this a lot the first time, not sure if years or taste change it.

I think both H and h are skewered in some things. The h is more apparent, though H is also quite exasperating when he got hid head set on an idea.

H stands by the h in all her struggles with her demons, though he is tender and great most times, he doesn't seem to have a drive that makes a forceful personality. Only times he shines is when it is something the h wants.

The h here has serious psychological issu
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Silvia
5 Amazing starr

it was romantic and funny, some of it had hilarious moment...rosie and bowie were meant for each other
Sandra
Almost gave this a 5. Maggie Osborne just knows how to turn a phrase, and hold your attention. I loved this book.
Jessica
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Joy (Cheery♡Reads)
My only grouse about it was that it lacked an epilogue. I would have loved an epilogue.
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