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The Wren

(Wings of the West #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,375 ratings  ·  224 reviews
Ten years have passed since her ranch was attacked, her folks murdered and Molly Hart was abducted. Now, at nineteen, she’s finally returning home to north Texas after spending the remainder of her childhood with a tribe of Kwahadi Comanche. What she finds is a deserted home coated with dust and the passage of time, the chilling discovery of her own gravesite, and the pres ...more
Kindle Edition, 2nd, 249 pages
Published September 22nd 2014 by K. McCaffrey LLC (first published July 1st 2003)
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Dec 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The opening really grabbed me. The heroine returns home after ten years as a captive, and the hero is torn with guilt for not having prevented her abduction when she was a child. There is an added sense of mystery over who attacked her home and killed her parents ten years ago.

If you can ignore the co-incidence that both the hero and the heroine go her old home for the first time in ten years and just happen to be there at the same moment, then the story gets off to a great start.

And then it fi
So much potential wasted. Repetitious dialogue from the heroine and hero both. She retelling the story of her abduction and years living with the Comanche (again, completely wasted opportunity for good background story), and he repeating ad nauseam how he wants to do the right thing by her and find her a husband, just not him, even though he has fallen for her. My main complaint however is that the heroine who is described as "beautiful", lived among the Comanche AND was sold not once but twice ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is very captivating, but in a subtle way. McCaffrey doesn’t feel the need to draw her readers in with over the top scenes and descriptions. She takes real life (for the time period and setting) and draws the reader in with immaculate writing and flawless scenes. The story is very insightful and informative while also being extremely heartfelt.

McCaffrey does a brilliant job with her descriptions and scene setups. Her descriptions are so detailed that you feel like you are on the ranch
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an engaging western romance with interesting characters and a suspenseful plot line. Where it goes wrong is in the pacing. Matt Ryan is the quintessential cowboy hero: rough, rugged, handsome and honorable. Molly Hart is the heroine with a twist: she is a hopeful survivor. This girl goes through a lot, which unfolds in pieces throughout the book. I found the twists and turns to be interesting, but I wish Molly's background had been handled more in action rather than telling. She also wa ...more
Shawna (SugoiShawn/SugoiReads)
Trigger warnings: attempted rape, sexual assault, pedophilia

This book has a lot of flaws, but it’s definitely one of my new guilty pleasures. The author has a way of writing that is both beautiful and keeps you on your toes throughout the whole story.

The cover for this book is a little misleading. I was worried that this book was going to be an erotica, but it’s actually more of a mystery or action book mixed with romance. It makes for a good combination that works out really well. However, some
Emily Crow
Molly Hart was kidnapped from her family's ranch by mysterious outlaws as a little girl, then stolen by Commanches. Many years later, she returns home to find that her parents were killed and their ranch was abandoned. She meets Matt Ryan, a man from a nearby ranch whom she looked up to as a big brother all those years ago. Their attraction now is anything but sibling-like, but Matt feels too protective of Molly to make a move on her. Meanwhile, she wants to figure out who killed her parents all ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I got this book free off Amazon and I'm glad that I didn't pay anything for it. It's received some great reviews from people but it didn't do anything for me I'm afraid. I didn't connect with Molly and what had happened to her - in fact I felt most of story just didn't really ring true. I think this is partly due to the fact that she lived for a quite a few years with the Indians but there was no real story about how she got on there and what happened to her. And then she gets traded to this tra ...more
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
An incident when Molly was nine changed the fabric of her life forever.

I enjoyed the twists & turns and fond memories that were revealed on this adventure. The characters were well developed I felt amongst friends, waiting with baited breathe at times at her antics, anxiously awaiting an outcome or the joy of full circle.

The men are true men over protective, skilful but all have trauma in their pasts. Matt considered a Texas hero by others must overcome overwhelming guilt.

I finished with feeling
Mar 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: just-cant-finish
I got the book free from, but I couldn't finish it. The story doesn't move much, and there's too much improbability as it panders to the stereotype of a madonna/whore complex. The girl was taken at the age of nine and was over 8 years living with a Comanche tribe, then sold twice to men and she somehow is "innocent" and ignorant about sex?! Really? The characters, nor the telling of the story, were compelling enough to keep my interest. I just can't finish it. ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet "old west" love story. I have always been fascinated with the way life was lived back then. I use to read "western" stories all the time, but not so much anymore. This book was a nice break. The characters were well developed and the writing was easy to follow along with.

It may seem that once Molly made her appearance that the feelings between her and Matthew moved swiftly, but then when you read the history of the two it all kinda made sense. I liked that Molly didn't come acr
Ann Charles
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
McCaffrey tells a great story! I love the characters in this western and how real they feel. I definitely recommend this book to my friends who enjoy historical romances.
Audrey Grant
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Good but...

I did enjoy the story-line, idea, and premise behind this book. I just had a problem with 1. Some of the timelines...A "crushed" foot and in a matter a a few days he's up on crutches with no cast or pain meds? Then a few days later, he shoves it in his cowboy boot, walks, climbs on and rides a horse, then gets off "favoring his other "bad" leg"!!??!!??
Add to that a reputable, well off, loving family of that time and era (North, South, East or West), not only thinking but openly refer
Amanda Richardson
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Wren" is a lovely old west romance by Kristy McCaffrey. Matt Ryan is a former ranger who is tired, he was imprisoned and was barely able to escape and heal from his injuries. He is also heart sick remembering the young girl who was his friend who followed him around.
Ten years ago, Molly was kidnapped by Indians. She believes her family was massacred and her remaining family believes she is dead. As does Matt. She escapes her captivity and rides to her old homestead where she encounters Mat
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Then and Now

Tragedy and guilt breaks a young man for ten years. A girl with hope to be found eventually makes it back home after ten years now as a young woman to find it all gone. The man, the woman now find each other. Their lives now changed after ten years with all the past that has made them what they now are brings emotions both try to deny. How it all came about will surprise you as the past is unraveled. The mystery unfolds as the sweet love blooms. A well written story with depth and in
This was an unforgettable and emotional first read for me by Kristy McCaffrey and it was free! This is the first book of the series and is perma-free on several retailers' websites. I was so captivated by Matt and Molly's story that I have already purchased the 2nd book, The Dove, and I have no doubt that I will read the entire series. It is always gratifying to lose myself in an enthralling western romance while discovering the storytelling talents of an author that is new to me. Take advantage ...more
Deborah Camp
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brave and beautiful

The brave heroine is the driving force in this western romance. Mary Hart was kidnapped when she was a girl and suffers through years of abuse. What keeps her alive is her desire to return to her family. When she finally makes her way home, she finds that everything has changed. Determined to avenge her parent's murder, she displays her true grit again while kindling a romance with a man who has always been her champion. This is a well told tale that is never short on action a
Torn between an "it was OK" 2 star rating and "I liked it" 3 stars, so I gave it the benefit of the doubt and went with 3 but it's more like a 2.5.

Anyway, this is a story that had a lot of potential that didn't quite get there for me. As others have noted, there is no way that a woman, especially a pretty one, would have lived with Native Americans, been sold to an abusive man, and then sold to another man and still remained a virgin (and a complete innocent in all matters related to any sex act
This quick read was a free download, and I've learned that "free" books tend to come with inflated ratings. Right now Goodreads is showing this one with a 4.17, which is extremely generous for this simplistic love story.

The Wren starts off abruptly, with Molly and Matt both just happening to revisit the scene of a former tragedy at the same moment. She has spent the last 10 years as a prisoner of the Comanche and then a slave to an old miner (yet somehow still has her virginity intact, lucky gi
Linda Walters
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Great main characters, with a bit of a different kind of plot. I enjoyed all of this emotional story. But don't be afraid to read it thinking that its all about emotion because it also has plenty of action and some mysteries too. There is a twist or two as well; it kept the story interesting.

It was also interesting that at least 3 people in the story had quite a lot of suffering and even some of it is physical suffering ones as well. That would be of course Molly, Matt and his friend, Nathan Bl
Molly Hart was abducted from her home 10 years ago when she was 9. Her parents were murdered the same night and their killers were never found. Molly spent 8 of those years with the Comanche, adopted by a Comanche family, followed by being sold to a trader then a miner.

Matt Ryan had befriended young Molly and was devastated when she disappeared, only to mourn when her burned body was found and buried with her parents. Now Molly appears and Matt isn't sure what to believe.

The story was OK with so
Melanie Atchley Robb

This is the first time I have read this author's work. It took me awhile to get past the first couple of chapters, but I finally managed to get dedicated to finishing the book. I learned that Ms. McCaffrey does good research, the bits about Molly's time with the Indians were interesting, and I'm glad that she wanted to keep that part of her experience with her. In conclusion, I thought the story was good and well written. This author has promising talent. I gave the story 3 stars becau
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love it!

this story is a must read!!...if you have not read yet. I'm not going to tell you what happens in the story...but ten years of lost and waiting was worth it for both of them! and yes I recommend this to romance lover out there!
Ingrid Spera
Could have been really pretty cute, but Molly was a bit too one-second broken-but-one-second-not for me. Her mix had me feeling nothing for her. She was lines on a page. Overall, it was an easy sweet read, but I definitely feel like it fell flat.
Teresa (Reads_Romance)
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I hadn't read a good Western in a while and this sweeping love story set in 1877, Texas was just what I needed while I was on vacation. Matt was a dreamy hero and Molly's strength as a character really carried the story. ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
An easy read - a nice story - but i found it a bit repetitive and focused on how Molly and Matt felt about each other (do i want commitment or not) I felt the story lines were too slow not enough content hence three stars.
Geraldine Rubin
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it

Story. I enjoyed the characters. Matt and Molly were delightful. Molly courage was straightforward and believable. I just wish the author deleted the swearing it truly was not necessary.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing

what a great adventure read it in one night little to much language but just the right amount for the feelings of what occurred
I won a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. This is a wonderful story that is well written. Molly was a young girl when her parents were killed on their ranch and she was kidnapped. She didn't know what happened to both her parents and her sisters. The men that kidnapped her, some were killed and others got away from a group of Comanche. She was finally was able to get back to some normallcy when a man bought her to save her ...more
Jolyne Plourde
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the very start I was captivated by the story, although predictable, rendered with vivid descriptions. And could not put it down. Some facts do not quite measure to realistic history : the twice over sold kidnapped beautiful teenager still a virgin at the very ripe age of 19, victim to a man whose distates for mature women saves her from a likely rape in the end is far fetched, to say the least. I do not believe that anyone would recognize people last seen at the age of 9, after 10 years. Th ...more
LuAnn Rodriquez
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE WREN by Kristy McCaffrey is a very good historical Western romance set in Texas with two admirable main characters. Both are products of their time and the way they were raised, but still described in a way that makes them credible. I especially liked Molly, who had gone through difficult circumstances including being kidnapped as a child by a tribe of Texas Indians, but had a feisty spirit that helped her survive all of those circumstances. Matt was a good, valiant man who initially did not ...more
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