Five full stars! I loved both the hero and heroine in this one, with the author bringing a depth of character I appreciated. It also had great second
★★★★★ Five full stars! I loved both the hero and heroine in this one, with the author bringing a depth of character I appreciated. It also had great secondary character development. There are a lot of situations that have been done before in other books, but they are done so much better here, with much better dialogue.
I can't really call this a western b/c it takes place mostly in Alaska. While not everyone's cuppa tea, I enjoyed this st4 1/2 stars! A great book!
I can't really call this a western b/c it takes place mostly in Alaska. While not everyone's cuppa tea, I enjoyed this story of three very different women who find they are all married to the same man. It is a story of love and friendship and I found myself laughing out loud repeatedly. Man-oh-man! I was on that Chilkoot Pass with them. I read it through the night and couldn't put it down. ...more
I’m partial to western romances, and this is one the way they should be written. Jenny is a tall, rawboned, mule-driving - and skinning - redhead whoI’m partial to western romances, and this is one the way they should be written. Jenny is a tall, rawboned, mule-driving - and skinning - redhead who smokes cigars, drinks hard liquor and uses cuss words as part of her daily vernacular. Her word is her bond, the only thing she has left in a 'kangaroo' court, in a dank jail cell, or anywhere else in a cold, cruel world where she has survived alone since she was nine. It is appropriate, at this juncture, to tell you she carries - not a Bible - but a dictionary in her pocket. She is a self-educated woman and she’s always looking up the words people say to her. Sometimes she finds words on her own and wonders how to pronounce them. She daydreams about a word, savors it, and ponders how she’ll one day use it in a sentence.
To Jenny a “promise is a promise,” and she does not lie. All this endears her to me; despite her roughness in interacting with Graciela, the sheltered, pampered, and manipulative six year old she has promised to take from her mother’s Mexican hacienda to her father’s ranch in California. I found myself liking Jenny more and more. For Maggie Osborne has presented us with a very different heroine in this western romance, one I can't help admiring while shaking my head at at the same time. I often found myself gasping at the way she interacted with Graciela, other times laughing outright.
Here came the tears again. Jenny rolled her eyes. "My mama always kissed me good night..." "Well, I'll be goddamned. First you ask God to kill me dead, now you're hinting I should kiss you good night?"
Indeed, Graciela detests Jenny, and sees her as the cause of her mother’s death. For those readers who don’t like children in their romance books, hang on to your runaway horse’s mane. Ms. Osborne has written Graciela as a real person, a real child, which is vital to this wonderfully real romance. Truly, this is also Graciela’s book, as well as Ty and Jenny’s, and we get to see all three transformations. Graciela had me when, even though she hated Jenny, she had enough sense to ask herself: "What would Jenny do now?" It is a perfect question to ask when she finds herself trembling, confronted with snakes in an alleyway, in the desert, or in her family.
More related quotes that come further in the story:
"Anything else, Your Majesty?" "I didn't say my prayers." "I'll say them for you. Our father who art in et cetera, bless all the rotten cousins and kill Jenny. Amen."
And what of Ty, Graciela’s uncle? Well, he is a hero damn near perfect as written for Jenny. *sigh* From his reasons for his attraction and admiration of Jenny, to his determination to woo her, to his willingness to be honest with her.
I became totally invested in these poignant characters and this pivotal chapter in their lives. None of them had TSTL moments, nor was there a Big Misunderstanding. Never having read MO before, I wasn’t sure I was going to get a HEA. Was Ty going to tell Jenny those three precious little words? It made me cry when I didn’t think it would, and turned the tables around to do the same thing with my laughter. The title of the book had new meaning by its conclusion. Plus, there’s a wonderful epilogue that is perfectly written. God, I love a good epilogue. ...more