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The Outlaw's Daughter

(The Haywire Brides #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  32 reviews
He may be a Texas Ranger
But he only has eyes for the outlaw's beautiful daughter...

Texas Ranger Matt Taggert is on the trail of a wanted man. He has good reason to believe that Ellie-May's late husband was involved in a stagecoach robbery, and he's here to see justice done. But when he arrives in town, he discovers the thief has become a local hero...and his beautiful, you
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Look no further for a sweet western romance that will bring joy to your heart but has a small element of danger and mystery.

This may be the third in the series but the stories do not overlap and you can read these in any order.  This story focuses on Ellie-May who has lost her husband. Neal, to heroic events.  However, Texas Ranger Matt Taggert has different ideas about Neal and thinks that he might have robbed a stagecoach and is trying to get to the truth about the events that happened that da
Robin Loves Reading
Matt Taggert is a Texas Ranger bent on finding out the truth behind a stage-coach robbery. At the same time, he thoughts are never far away from his brother, who is a man running from the law. When he heads to a small town and meets a woman named Ellie-May, he does his best to prove that her now deceased husband was responsible for the robbery.

Meanwhile Ellie-May has never had it easy. For starters, as the title suggests, her father was an outlaw, thus leaving her to a lifetime of taunts and dis
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The characters are sympathetic, the storytelling is topnotch, and the romance is sweet.

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Content advisory: 6 year-old child in peril, handled firearm; alcoholism and child neglect by a secondary character.
Lynn Poppe
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m always in for a historic romance of the western variety, especially one with great characters, some gun slinging, and a lovely romance.

Both the primary and secondary characters in The Outlaw’s Daughter are well-developed, multi-dimensional, and authentic. Ellie-May Blackwell is our heroine. She’s a widow of the town hero, trying to eke out a living on the family farm while raising her two children, Lionel and Alicia. To say that Ellie-May is in dire straits is an understatement. Money is in
Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading

While this is my first time reading a book from this author, it will certainly not be my last! Wow! This was an absolutely fantastic introduction to the author's long list of previous works that I can't wait to pick up! Don't let the cover fool you into thinking this is just another typical romance with a hunky cowboy! I was so surprised by the level of depth in both the story and the character development which takes what is seemingly a light, easy read to a whole new level!

A year after the dea
Jenn Belden
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Thanks to the author for providing me a copy of the book via NetGalley and Lone Star Lit. All opinions are my own*

The Outlaw’s Daughter by Margaret Brownley is a sweet historical/western romance. She always works a bit of magic in that she can create light, easy reads that are really well developed in story and characters, with a clean romance.

I have a lot of admiration for Ellie-May, our heroine. She’s tough as nails and fiercely protective of her children – and over the course of the book, he
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”
– Attributed to Mark Twain
Straight up – romance novels are not my favorite, but I was introduced to author Margaret Brownley last year in a Christmas story compilation. I immediately fell in love with her writing style which makes reading her romances a pleasurable venture. Margaret’s writing has a conversational tone that made me not want to put down her Christmas story or this current book, The
Jessica Grogan
Apr 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Another delightful read in the series. Again found myself enjoying the mystery more than the romance but still enjoyed the story overall.

*I received an eARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Belle Whittington
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Hey, Y’all! Well, here we are, almost at the end of May. Summer is right around the corner, and I’m still staying the heck at home, away from germs and the people who carry them. This gives me more time with my books, both reading and writing ‘em, and it gives me time to do other things like this:

Yes. I actually did this to my own do
Lorilei Gonzales
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Outlaw’s Daughter by Margaret Brownley is the third book of the Haywire Brides series, but it is the second book of the series that I have read (I read Cowboy Charm School and loved it). Just so you know, I wasn’t concerned about missing the second one because a great author like Brownley can provide exposition as necessary or write a story that reads like a standalone. However, I do intend on reading The Cowboy Meets His Match when I have a free moment.

The first chapter might make you take
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read a ton of romances, but when I do I always enjoy the vicarious thrill of that first meeting between characters you know are destined for a fantastic journey together, and in Margaret Brownley’s third installment in her Haywire Brides series, The Outlaw’s Daughter, we get that, and more.

In Matt Taggert, we get the rugged hero every woman secretly dreams about – he’s handsome, he’s stable, and he’s got a strong moral code that sometimes brings him into conflict with his own family. Tha
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Outlaws Daughter is the third book in the Haywire Brides Series by Margaret Brownley. It can be read as a standalone (I haven’t read the other in this series yet and got along just fine), I will be going back and reading the rest of the books in this series though.

     I loved Texas Ranger Matt Taggert in this book! His balance between doing his job and his feelings for Ellie-May was interesting to see. I thought that there was good chemistry between the two main characters and that Matt sho
Katie P.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is the third installment of the Haywire Brides series by author, Margaret Brownley. Though I had not read any of her other works, I can tell from the finely crafted prose that Margaret is a fantastic author! Romance is not my genre of choice, but this novel combines history, Texas Spirit, a little bit of mystery, and a healthy dose of elegantly written romance that made my heart soar! This novel can be read as a standalone, though I would recommend readin
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although I'm not normally a fan of romance novels, I couldn't help but get caught up in this story of Ellie May, The Outlaw's Daughter, and Matt, the Texas Ranger who has a case to solve. A case that involves Ellie May's dead husband, who is the major suspect in a stage robbery. Then there's Jesse, the young boy who's instrumental in helping Matt solve the case.

Of all the characters, I think I liked Jesse the most. His determination in wanting to be a Texas Ranger, and what he was willing to do
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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“The Outlaw’s Daughter” is the third, and it seems the final story in ‘The Haywire Brides’ series. I’ve read all three and enjoyed each one, but this is a series that doesn’t need to be strictly read in order so if you’ve missed any don’t worry you’ll feel right at home – but I’m betting you’ll want to go back to the earlier books when you can.

Ellie-May certainly hasn’t had an easy life, being the daughter of an outlaw sort of made that an impossibility from the start
Lindsay  pinkcowlandreads
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A year old stage robbery has brought Texas Ranger, Matt Taggert to the small town of Haywire. While investigating his lead he he discovers that his prime suspect died just days after the stage coach robbery and is the tow’s local hero… not only that, he has left behind a beautiful widow and 2 children.

Ellie-May is no stranger to public scorn, as the daughter of an outlaw , she knows what the Rangers accusations against her deceased husband will do to her family and children. For the sake of her
Amy Vida
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of the Outlaw''s Daughter in exchange for an honest review. This is exactly what I've been looking for in a good historical romance novel. Margaret Brownley checked all of the boxes for a well thought out, realistic plot, with wholesome and real characters.

It's been a long time since I read a novel that took the time to develop a relationship. In this case Matt came into a small town to investigate Ellie-Mae's deceased husband for a robbery that occurred a year ago. Ellie
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anyone who reads my book blog knows that I am a sucker for the romance genre. It is simply just the most fantastic genre and I absolutely love it. Everyone who reads my blog also knows that I am not a fan of westerns - I can't describe it really. But, let me tell you reader, that apparently all I need to like a western, is to have some romance mixed in with my western.

The Outlaw's Daughter is an incredibly sweet western romance that mixes in some all around goodness with a bit of something extr
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret Brownley's Haywire Brides books are delightful, sweet Historical Romance reads that include a mystery and humor. While The Outlaw's Daughter is no exception, it also has a new depth to the story. The plot and the circumstances of the characters carry more sober gravity than the previous entries in the series.

The mystery plot-line that threatens the reputation of Ellie-May's deceased spouse is interesting and, along with her lonely childhood as the outcast daughter of an outlaw, creates
Mary Gallo
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first time reading this author and I was impressed with how she was able to place the reader into the scene without being over descriptive. I felt I was in that drought-dry town and experiencing the story happening right before my eyes. I enjoyed the hero and heroine, both who has some angst, but were not driven by it. The side stories added to the total book instead of taking away from the plot. This idea of an outlaw's daughter trying to gain some respectability in a small town wit ...more
Valri Western
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Matt and Ellie-May's story! I adore historical western romance and this is a great addition! Throw in some suspense and it's a gold mine! I can't imagine how hard it would be to be a widow with 2 young children on a struggling ranch in those days. How would you get enough money to hold on? Widows didn't have many options at that time. Ellie-May is struggling, all right but when Matt Taggert Texas Ranger comes around asking questions about her husband being a suspect in a sta ...more
Lori D
Haywire, Texas 1887
"Hold it right there mister! Matt Tagger froze in place. The woman's voice sounded serious, as did the metallic click announcing she was armed."
"You can put your shotgun down, ma'am, he said. I mean you no harm."
"Name's Taggert. Matt Taggert, Texas Ranger, he said."
Their first meeting was at gunpoint. Ella-May Blackwell's gun that is... He was looking for her husband in relation to a crime. Then she told him he was dead.
Matt was searching for proof that Neal Blackwell had comm
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Matt and Ellie-May's story is sweet and cute, with all the adorableness of kids wrapped up pretty.

I loved the themes of forgiveness (when are you going to stop punishing yourself for something out of your control) and trust. I felt Ellie-May's struggle to protect her children and give them safety and security, and totally loved her going all mama-bear over her cubs. With her history, she needed someone gentle but protective and strong in her life, and that's what she finally found in Matt. I ado
Janilyn Kocher
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Brownley. It has all the necessary elements for a romantic western. Ellie May has always been ostracized due to her father's illicit activities. She gained respectability when she married Neal Blackwood. Now his posthumous reputation is besmirched when Texas Ranger Matt Taggart investigates a robbery that he accuses her husband of committing. The ending is predictable, but the action in between is good. Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for the early read. ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Many thanks to Ms Brownley and the publisher for the nice read.

Met Ellie-May, who was an outlaw's daughter like the title said, lived in a small town who knows who she is. Being bullied because of whose daughter she was the whole life, until she met her husband. Then a Texas Ranger came to look for her now deceased husband, claiming that he did something bad. And that was not the life she'd ever imagined for her kids to grow up with.

The interaction of Ellie-May and Matt the Ranger was somehow
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is Ellie-May and Texas Ranger, Matt Taggert’s story, book 3 in The Haywire Brides series; a standalone, happily ever after, no cheating, historical western romance with some heat.
This well written western romance kept my interest throughout, the characters are well rounded with great interplay between the hero and heroine. Ellie-May kept her faith in her husband’s innocents against all the odds against him. Nice build to the romance.
Now, I am going to read the first two books in the series.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
The outlaw's daughter was never accepted by the town’s people. She seemed to never gain their approval until she married her husband, Neal. Now Neal is dead after becoming the town hero. A handsome Texas Ranger, Matt Taggert, is in town and believes that Neal was a bank robber. He and Elle May feel a powerful attraction that that may not come to fruition because of her husband’s and her own pasts. Enjoyable story about a great time with strong women in our American history. ...more
Sarah Burich
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a great book! A mother’s love never fails her kids so they don’t have the same kind of childhood as she had. I loved how this book ended with her husband getting his name back to his hero status. And the girl still got the guy in the end!
Shirley Linn
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the series. It was another wonderful story with endearing characters. It had action, mystery and humor. Overall, it was a delightful story and I would definitely recommend it.
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BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned nearly forty novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers' Choice and Award of Excellence. She's was a two-time Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentenc ...more

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