Monday, July 29, 2013
The Gunman's Bride is an Inspirational Historical Romance which I am using for my Romance book for the Literary Exploration Challenge and as G for Ato Z challenge.
Laura Rose C married Bart Kingsley when she was young. Her father did not know about the marriage and arranged a marriage for her. Bart disappeared after they were married and they had not consumated the marriage. Laura Rose left Kansas and moves to New Mexico using the name Laura Kingsley. Bart looked all over for his Rosey and winds up in New Mexico and is shot by the sheriff and climbs into Laura's room. Laura does what she can for him and he soon disappears.
When Bart shows up again, he is helping put out a fire and is using the name Burt Springfield. He courts Laura and they run away to get married. Laura wanted to teach and they wanted a married woman to teach. When they get back from their "wedding" Laura finds out that other woman was hired. The Springfields settle down on a homestead and soon are raising chickens and have milk cows. Burt is raising a beet crop. Things seem to be going well. The teacher that was hired does not work out and Laura gets the job. When one of her student's is killed, she goes home. Because of the death, Laura misses a doctor's appointment. When she finally sees the doctor, she finds out she is with child.
Some of the outlaws thay Bart rode with come to town and try to talk him into robbing the train. Bart has Laura move to the hotel in town. Unfortunately, her father finds her there and decides to take her home. Bart climbs into her hotel room to have a night with her. Laura and her dad board the train, but the train is stopped. Bart manages to hold the train long enough to show Dr. Vermillion their marriage certificate. Laura tells him she is pregnant. She finds out his record is cleared but he can not go to Missouri or he'll be arrested. They get off the train and go home.
I finished this book in one day. It was extremely easy to read. I enjoyed the fact that Bert or Burt had to court Laura before they run off to get "married". At the end of the book, there is historic background that was the basis for the book. This book does have them going to church and Laura does try to teach him manners. It is a book anyone should enjoy.
Big Sky Dynasty by B.J. Daniels Is about Dalton Corbett from Whitehorse, Montana. A trust was set up for the five Corbett brothers but they had to marry a Montana cowgirl before they were thirty. Dalton had married nine years before he returned home but did not tell anyone. He thought he had killed his wife on their honeymoon.
Nicci Angeles was the name of Dalton's wife. She comes to town and rents a room from Georgia Michaels. Georgia and Dalton do not know that Nicci is a murderer. They find out she had re-married and her husband had died in a fishing accident on their honeymoon which was would have happened to Dalton. The other crimes are discovered at the end of the book. The other important character is Agnes Palmer. Agnes had been hit by lightening and seemed to know Nicci was evil and what was going to happen in the future. Ms. Palmer may seem to be going senile but she is pretty handy with knitting needles.
I loved having a subscription to Harlequin Intrigue until I was reducing expenses. Now, I am getting a chance to read what I bought either for the first time or again. I do not remember all of the books so if I had read them, I don't remember what happens. I like this book because it takes place in a small town with a knitting shop. It also has cowboys. Together they make a great read.