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Sullivan's Way by Wilhelmina Stolen
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Sullivan's Way by Wilhelmina Stolen is a 2014 5 Prince Publishing release. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Marnie's family has been through a lot and their struggles are far from over. With the war between the states winding down, the aftershocks are still being felt. In the midst of this Marnie's father finds himself jailed and facing the gallows. Marnie is so desperate to save him and no one is willing to help her. So, she sets off on her own to see her father and encounters a lawman named Mason Kane.
When Marnie's brother,Lucas, finally returns home and discovers his sister's theatrics , Lucas wasn't thrilled, but he gains respect for Mason until he finds out Mason has designs on Marnie.
Marnie's family has a few secrets and have dealt with unimaginable heartache and loss. Mason also has suffered great loss and that binds him to this family because of a common enemy. Mason is also a divorced man who feels he let his ex-wife down and knows he could never give Marnie the life she deserves.
This western style historical romance touches on the aftermath of the civil war, family secrets and the problems that surface due to secrets being kept that could have prevented so many misunderstandings. Mason is a proud man that blames himself for many things and is tricked into believing he was responsible for things he had no control over. This has Mason thinking Marnie has betrayed him. There is also a little intrique and some very harsh revelations come to light. Lucas is Marnie's brother, but not by blood. Lucas is in search of his identity and before he can really move forward with his life he feels he must uncover his past. His story must be one that will be explored in the future.
I liked Marnie because she was so loyal to her family and loved with all her heart. She is stubborn, proud, and strong and is determined to survive anything life throws at her. Mason is too hard on himself and at times too hard on others. His jealousy over Marnie and Lucas was way too over the top. He made up his mind about them and then refused to turn loose of the idea despite Marnie's protestations. Those were a few of the issues I had with Mason. He just didn't trust Marnie from the very beginning and so when certain circumstance came to light he refused to think about the situation rationally.
The other parts of the story involving the Sullivan family's trials and the mines someone is determined to take from them had an interesting twist that I never suspected. This part of the story was just a little rushed but this book is not very long, so enough was revealed that the reader can get the idea without a lot of explanation. Overall this is an enjoyable romance novel I would recommend to those that enjoy historical romances, especially in the western sub-genre. This one is 3 stars.
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Reading Progress

March 15, 2014 – Shelved
March 15, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
March 15, 2014 – Shelved as: e-book
March 15, 2014 – Shelved as: historical-romance
April 30, 2014 – Started Reading
May 3, 2014 – Finished Reading

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