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The Wives of Bowie Stone

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Knowing that she can save the life of a condemned man by offering to marry him, Rosie Mulvehey opts for a marriage of convenience to ex-cavalry man Bowie Stone, who promises to save her rundown farm as his part of the agreement.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1994)
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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
Jun 14, 2015 Pattrycia rated it really liked it
My my, this author never fails to surprise me. Instead of containing one love story, The Wives of Bowie Stone tells 2 different tales.

Rosie Mulvehey is a kind-hearted drunk who doesn't like to bath. She hides herself under baggy man shirts & is always unkempt. She is in a desperate need to obtain a profitable crop, but she lacks the manpower to tend to her land. A visit to town gave her an opportunity to get that manpower. Captain Bowie Stone is sentenced to be hung for a murder. In Passion
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 stars. Two women with problems overcome them, change, and fall in love. Good storytelling.

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 w
Aug 27, 2015 puppitypup rated it it was ok
Shelves: western-romance
Western Romance Not nearly as good

I still enjoy Ms. Osborne's writing style, but the dual storyline in this one brings the momentum to a screeching halt.

First we have Rosie, a drunk. About the time her story begins to get interesting, we switch to Susan, an useless woman who can't make a single decision for herself. Then, about the time Susan's story gets interesting, we switch back.

Unfortunately, the switch-up's occur before either heroine becomes likeable, so by the time I came back to their r
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'
Oct 20, 2010 Laylah rated it it was ok
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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
Apr 08, 2012 Dinjolina rated it really liked it
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
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Apr 22, 2011 Laura (Kyahgirl) rated it really liked it
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.
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Aug 04, 2015 Nishtha rated it it was amazing
Okay ,I am going to start with a really short story myself. I came across Maggie Osborne in a local library through Silver Lining and the misfortune was i hadn't renewed my card so i couldn't take the book home. I sat in the library for an hour reading the first fifty plus pages of the book, I was .... horrified... to know that i hadn't read anything or bought anything by this author before, so i went home the same day, checked amazon ,and fell in love. I read "silver lining" , then "Promise of ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
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
Jul 27, 2016 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
Bittersweet. Powerful.
I wish I could have killed the man for half (all?) the story. I loved Rosie and hated the wife, then I tumbled back and my feelings with me.

Oct 12, 2014 Feminista rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Jun 20, 2013 Debra rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 08, 2011 sunsetsylvia rated it it was amazing
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.
I did read this before, probably before the days of GoodReads. So the hero is a cashiered US cavalry officer who's about to be hung in Kansas. Because so many local men died in the war or left for one reason or another, the condemned men can marry one of the local women and have his sentence commuted. The heroine is the woman who saves his life. She's practically the town drunk, but there are reasons. Just like there are reasons for what the hero did to get himself in this situation. And he has ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Marleen rated it did not like it
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’
Mar 05, 2010 Ana rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 22, 2014 Charlie rated it really liked it
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
Sep 08, 2016 micki rated it really liked it
3.5 or 4 stars. Given the premise I expected to be disappointed by lots of stupid misunderstandings that could've been easily cleared up by a conversation. In fact, though I enjoyed the parallel narratives, I was sure Ms. Osborne was setting the scene for a long drawn out period of indecision and hurt. I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong.

The only real problem I had with this book was the tragedy that occurred towards the end. One, it was just a horrible thing to happen. And two, it felt
The story of two equally strong women who find love in the most unusual of circumstances. Maggie Osborne certainly never writes the conventional romance.
My review:
Katy May
Feb 25, 2015 Katy May rated it it was amazing
Characters were well-developed and likeable. Bowie was such an awesome character. He wasn't a alpha male jerk, but he wasn't willing to let Rosie boss him around or play along with any of her emotional issues. He gave her the tough love that she needed to get past a lot of issues she had. Their love story was gradual and believable and sweet. They both ended up saving each other from themselves.

Rosie's road to recovery from all of her emotional issues as well as her alcoholism was slow and there
Linda Holden
Feb 05, 2009 Linda Holden rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 03, 2012 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 20, 2008 Yvette rated it it was amazing
The characters in this book are so strong and incredible.
Feb 09, 2009 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it
In Gulliver County, Kansas there is a law where a woman can spare a man sentenced to hang by marrying him. Rosie Mulvehey doesn't want to marry ever but the only way to get some help on her farm is to marry. She has first choice and she picks Captain Bowie Stone. Rosie was tragically abused by her step father for years. The trauma resulted in her becoming an alcoholic who dresses like a man and is dirtier than a pig.
Everyone believes Bowie is dead except for the people in Passions Crossing. Mean
Sep 09, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
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
Apr 30, 2013 Mariachiara rated it really liked it
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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Maggie Osborne is the author of I Do, I Do, I Do and Silver Lining, as well as more than forty contemporary and historical romance novels written as Maggie Osborne and Margaret St. George. She has won numerous awards from Romantic Times, Affaire de Coeur, BookraK, the Colorado Romance Writers, and Coeur du Bois, among others. Osborne won the RITA for long historical from the
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