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COLTER'S WIFE has always held a special place in my heart because I believe it is the first of my novels that fully conveys my love of the magnificent American West --- the breathtaking landscapes, the excitement and danger of the frontier, and the passionate, strong-willed people who built their lives in an untamed land.

Set in Wyoming Territory, it tells the s
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Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Pocket Books (first published 1986)
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Christine
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This was a decent read. It's one of those I basically enjoyed, although I can nit-pick it to death.

Premise: Heroine is half Indian (not sure why, since it made little difference to the plot, but she was) who married a Wyoming rancher at the age of 14 and now, at the age of 25, is widowed with 3 children. As a woman, she can't manage a ranch on her own, and rather than take an offer of marriage from a loathsome neighbor, she proposes to a drifter she knows nothing at all about. (I wonder if that
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Jacqueline
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I don't know why the author made the heroine half indian since it really didn't play into the story much at all. It was sort of used for a deus ex machina effect a couple of times. The writing was well done and the story emotional so I overlooked some non period feeling elements in spots that might have bothered me more if the writing wasn't so good. The tortured type hero was pretty good although most drifters in westerns are not rich but I overlooked it. I liked the saloon ...more
Christel
Feb 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any historical romance reader
Recommended to Christel by: fan of author
I really enjoyed this one. Set in the 1880's this would be considered an historical romance. Coulter really had some problems to work through and so did Kinyan but everything turned out for the best. I know this is a vague review but to me if I tell alot I will give away everything
Amy
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this novel and went back deliberately to read it after I had read another book by this author. I found it very engaging and interesting and even informative on the subject of ranching during that time. I like the way the author portrayed the two twins to be so different from one another and reacting to things in the plot as individuals. And I really liked Elizabeth a lot she was so cute. And I especially like that there was a lot of good storyline without an excessive amount of sexual ...more
Dee Schwinn
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a curious blend of western and romance. The struggles the two main characters were well developed and engaged the reader

Tracy Hall
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite

I have read this book several times. It is always worth my time. Love the old cowboys from the 1800's.
Beryl Audrey Foreman
Another Favorite!

I liked this book because of it's strong story line, solid characters, and intelligent dialogue. It kept my interest. Thanks Joan Johnston!
Karen
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of courage, determination and perils of living in the west.

A widow of mixed heritage needs a man to teach her about ranching to protect her son's inheritance. Lessons included guns, self defence & learning to read.

A gunslinger on an 8 year hunt for the last of his family's brutal killers finally decides to settle. However, the price tag for the land a wilful wife, wild twin boys, a little girl who's painful to look at and a ruthless neighbor who covets his claim.

The characters are we
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Susan
May 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
This short prequel to Colter's Legacy would not encourage me to look for other titles by this author. I couldn't decide if it was a fantasy, a sci-fi, a romance, or porn. Hints of past tragedy in the heroine's life were poorly defined. While the author hinted at several twists in what could have been a well developed plot, nothing concrete ever materialized, except that 3 brothers had sex with their pregnant "wife". During a walk, the heroine had a fall, and was rescued hours later, in time to h ...more
Lindsey
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I am a sucker for a historical western romance so I decided to pick up this book. This is the first Joan Johnston book I have read and it wasn't too bad. There seemed to be non stop drama just for the sake of more drama though. I don't think I have read any other book were so many bad things kept happening to so many people. I just wish there would have been a couple more happy scenes to counter balance all the bad stuff that they had to go through. Overall it was a pretty good read.
Nancynova
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: oct-dec-2012
a one weekend read! Good historical western set in Wyoming in the late 1800's. Kinyan's husband is killed in a range accident & the only way she can hold on to the ranch is to remarry. She chooses to marry the cowboy drifter who wants to buy her land, instead of the prominent rancher in town. Quite a few twists and turns. The drifter is not really that, the prominent rancher is really the outlaw, and Kinyan's family needs to learn to accomodate a new Pa in Colter.
Tonya Warner
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Benjamin Colter tried to leave behind the tragedy of his past. One that covered his body and soul with a mirad of scars. Mistaking Kinyan's sons and father as rampaging Indians, he comes to risk his heart again.



Kinyan has already lost one husband, and was estranged from her father. Could she risk again to save the family ranch for her sons and daughter?



A really great story. Enjoyed every minute of it.
Anna Schno
It is a Western Study with the usual: cattle drives, Indians, marriage of convenience... But it also tries to cover the plight of the natives. this means there is too much to cover deeply and it doesn't do justice to some of these topics. If you read it as a romance set in the wild West and don't expect too much depth, then you're good!
Natalie
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
This was the perfect beach read. Not very heavy and a typical type of romantic book which should not have much expected from it. It was not trashy romance but had it's mix of tragedy, sex, happiness, conflict and overcoming that conflict and of course everything ended happily ever after.
Maggie Shanley
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Okay Western story with a major coincidence. A story of arranged marriage and then a marriage of convenience.
Vanessa Roberts
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
A good case for punctuation making a difference.... That apostrophe placement is NOT A TYPO.

Interesting read.

Cindy
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: g-h-i-j
Very good although I did have a hard time getting into it at first.
Angelica Taggart
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love a good Western romance, and this one fit the bill perfectly. Romance & intrigue & and a particularly rotten bad guy out on the wild plains. Joan Johnston does a good job!
Grace
Oct 25, 2008 added it
2nd read...Read it before I started keeping track on Goodreads...10/25/2008
Barbara
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great!
S Miller
Jun 11, 2016 added it
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Used - Good (Some spine creases; Signs of shelf wear)
Aristotle
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, favourites
The book was a warm and loving read, although for me, there were some loose ends which could have been sorted out. Anyways, 4 stars to my love for the 'West'...:D
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Joan Johnston (born Little Rock, Arkansas) is a best-selling American author of over forty contemporary and historical romance novels.

Johnston was the third of seven children born to an Air Force sergeant and his music-teacher wife. She received a B.A. in theatre arts from Jacksonville University in 1970, then earning an M.A. in theatre from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1971. She received
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