This stand alone Christian fiction novel by the accomplished Karen Whitemeyer covers several genres- historic, Western, romance, and even humor. The swoon-worthy Stone Hammond is a heroic as they come. Strong and rugged, and handsome to boot, he’s the quintessential dime novel hero, as soon discovered by Charlotte and the children in her care.
To me, Charlotte was a little harder to relate to in the beginning. She’s a bit of a worrier, and I was afraid she had really gotten herself into a mess in the first chapter of the book. And honestly, she had a bounty hunter on her trail, so essentially she had.
However, as she began to let down her walls of mistrust, I learned to like her more. The children in the story were precious, each being so individual. For me, I don’t always like children as important characters in romantic stories, but Mrs. Witemeyer wrote these little ones perfectly. The story absolutely wouldn’t be the same without them.
The pace of the book was set well, never bogging down in any one place. The romantic chemistry between the two was believable, and the supporting characters were just as exciting as the hero and heroine. You’ll love Dead Eye Dan, trust me on this!
Overall, a smooth and delightful summer read for any historical fiction fan!