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Rising Fire (The Jensen Brand #3)

 

Title:  Rising Fire (The Jensen Brand #3)

Author:  William W. Johnstone & J. A. Johnstone

Pages:  432

Year:  2020

Publisher:  Pinnacle

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

The Jensen family:  They are a close family not just the nucleus but the ever-growing members too.  Time apart doesn’t seem to dim their love, care or willingness to come to each other’s aid whenever the need arises.  In this third installment of the series, the story centers around Denise the daughter of Smoke and Sally Jensen.  Her twin brother Louis got married and went to Harvard law school in the second book, Too Soon to Die.  The twins return to the Sugarloaf ranch starts in the first book titled, The Jensen Brand.

Readers will enjoy not just the Jensen family, but also the use of flashback to get glimpses into Denny and her past.  The tension in the novel starts with gun play while Denny, also known as Denise, is on the train platform reminiscing about her brother’s departure to law school a couple of weeks prior.  While reminiscing she has her past suddenly catch up to her right there in the town of Big Rock.

During the story we learn a lot about Denny and her time in Europe with her brother, as well as what makes the lady tick.  We see how almost lifelike Denny is as we venture into her broken heart, past choices, and see how that has made her a formidable woman.  There are moments in the book where I easily got caught up with the tale and couldn’t wait to read how the past would be resolved.

Along with what was happening to Denny, there were other subplots going on with characters like Brice Rodgers whom readers will be familiar with if they read the prior two novels in the series.  There are also a couple of men after the nefarious Count in the book, and it was fun to read how they were all going to meet and long held scores settled up! 

I cannot wait for audiences everywhere to sit down and enjoy the latest western action-packed tale that flowed from the Johnstone pen.  Trust me when I say that readers won’t be sorry to open the book and get lost for a while in the pages of the Old West with a very familiar family in the fictional Johnstone realm, the Jensens.  If you haven’t read any Johnstone book, you’re in for a treat.  If you have, you’ll know that you can’t wait to grab a copy and escape to the past!

I hope there are more adventures in the Jensen Brand Series!  Until then, I will be found lost in another tension filled western!  See you all on the next round up!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

A Dream With A Dream

 

Title:  A Dream Within A Dream (Coffey & Hill #3)

Author:  Mike Nappa and Melissa Kosci

Pages:  410 (ARC)

Year:  2020

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Trudy Coffey is leaving a basketball game when she is approached by a strange young man.  His name is Dream and he tells her that he is going to kidnap her.  Trudy with her mad fighting skills doesn’t need to use them too much to subdue him.  Then, he tells her she is the only one who can help him.  As Trudy begins to unravel what Dream needs from her, she is hampered by his confusion and memory loss.  It is obvious he has been involved with the Irish Mafia, but to what extent?  Trudy is also butting heads with the authorities, who want to know where her ex-husband, Samuel Hill, has disappeared to.  A known terrorist has Samuel #1 on his hit list as revenge for Samuel’s killing of a family member.  She has no idea where Samuel is, but would really like to know.  There is also an aggressive FBI agent who continually follows her, wanting to know about Dream and where a cache of stolen artwork is located.  Trudy knows nothing about this…yet.

The more time Trudy spends with Dream, the more she learns.  However, there are people out to keep him from talking and/or get him to talk to tell where the priceless artwork is hidden.  Dream doesn’t know, but he does remember where a map is located that could help them.  As time goes on, Trudy becomes more worried about Samuel.  He eventually reappears briefly and helps protect Dream.  As she and dream follow the clues on the map in historic Boston as they are chased by the bad guys, time is running out for Dream and Samuel.

I am so glad to get another book in this series!  I hope this isn’t the last one as I have enjoyed the way this author writes with complex plots, interesting characters that I have come to be connected to and a romance that may or may not be doomed.  There is plenty of action and mystery to keep readers tuned in and on the edge of their seats.  This one ended with a heart-stopping moment, but with a hint that leaves room for more.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

Happy July 4th!

Silent Shadows

 

Title:  Silent Shadows (Harbored Secrets #3)

Author:  Natalie Walters

Pages:  336

Year:  2020

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Colton Crawford has been transferred to a home for rehabilitation for those in all branches of military service.  His condition didn’t improve in the hospital, leaving Colton frustrated, grouchy.  He wants his condition to go away quickly, but he will soon learn that isn’t going to happen.  Sometimes, things don’t completely go away but must be adapted to in order to learn a new way of living a life.  Colton also has a romantic streak toward Pecca and a wonderful, encouraging, generous way with young Maceo.

Pecca Gallegos is a nurse, who I thought acted more in the occupation of physical therapist.  She helped with Colton’s exercises and treatment plan.  Her past choices have led to a pregnancy at a young age and the father of her son being a criminal.  She has moved to Walton, Georgia in an attempt to keep her son out of the clutches of his father, as well as to keep herself away from the lifestyle of her past.  She has changed, but her ex-boyfriend is due to be paroled and her life and that of her son are now in danger.  Her heart has softened toward Colton.  She wonders if he can keep her and Maceo safe and exactly who is out to do her harm.

I wanted more action and suspense in this story and less romance.  I loved the crew of veterans and their interactions with Colton and each other.  There was teasing of each other, but still a mutual respect, and the effort they put forth to help Colton romance Pecca was just so heartwarming!  Maceo was an absolute treasure!  The story flowed at a reasonable pace, and if you’re like me, you want to finish a series once started, so you’ll want to get a copy of this one to wrap things up.  I liked the novel but didn’t love it.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

Pray for Death

 

Title:  Pray for Death. (Will Tanner #6)

Author:  William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone

Pages:  352

Year:  2020

Publisher:  Pinnacle

My rating:  4 ½ out of 5 stars.

Once again Will Tanner is riding out to bring back men wanted by the law to face justice.  Unlike prior times, Will is going out for what he believes is the last time before he gets married.  Sophie is planning a Christmas wedding with all the trimmings, their family and friends as well.  But Will runs into more trouble keeping a hold of this set of outlaws than he previously has run across.

Will Tanner is a young man who aspires to be the best U.S. Deputy Marshal and he prefers to work alone.  These men he is riding after are ruthless, and any mistake he makes might cost him his life!  When he is sent to the Indian Nation to bring back men who are selling whiskey in the territory, one problem sudden blossoms into many.  On top of that, Will is injured and still keeps on going after his prey no matter where the trail leads.

Sophie, Will’s intended, has no idea what has happened to Will and doesn’t even know if he has been killed while going after the wanted men.  Wait to read what happens with the wedding planned for Christmas!  Will Tanner is one of my favorite characters in the fictional world created by the Johnstones.  I enjoy the rough action, the ebb and flow of the plot plus the occasional moments of humor injected into the book whether it’s the actions of a player or the words tossed out, either way it makes reading just plain fun.

So, grab a copy of the newest to join the Will Tanner series, and enjoy the previous adventures of Will Tanner U.S. Marshal, starting with Will Tanner U. S. Marshal, A Stranger in Town, Powder Burn, Evil Never Sleeps, and Dig Your Own Grave.  As it is said in the Johnstone world, “Live free.  Read hard.”         

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Evil Never Sleeos

 

Title:  Evil Never Sleeps (Will Tanner Series #4)

Author:  William W. Johnston with J. A. Johnstone

Pages:  336

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Pinnacle

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

The Will Tanner U.S. Marshal series has the following titles:  Will Tanner:  U.S. Deputy Marshal, A Stranger in Town, Powder Burn, Evil Never Sleeps, and Dig Your Own Grave.  In Evil Never Sleeps, there are some nefarious men Tanner is called upon to ride after and bring back to the judge at Fort Smith.  The toughest one is named Preacher McCoy who headed a gang of murderous thieves.  Now he is on his way back to face justice.  Will he arrive alive?

Will Tanner brooks no argument from his prisoners and treats them right unless they make a break for the rough country.  Preacher is a mean man who just takes advantage of everybody, including his gang.  Preacher and Will tangle and wrestle toward the end of the book even though Will is trying go heal from being shot in the back!  Before that comes to a head, Will is entangled with a family out for revenge and a fight with a former deputy who seems brutal.

I enjoyed seeing Will Tanner face off with some of the vilest men of the west in this fictional tale.  He is polite, young, and prefers working alone when bringing prisoners in though he can work with others if the job is a big one.  Will is thinking about the boarding house owner’s daughter, Sophie, who he believes just might be worth pursuing.  She is a young woman who helps her mother run a boarding house and can’t help falling for Will, but she has given him an ultimatum with a promise.  Readers of western tales will enjoy the wild and crazy adventure that Will goes on more than once in the book.  There are some helpful characters who befriend Will and aid him in running to ground the men he is after, and there are some who wish Will would just turn around and go home.

While each book in the series is a stand-alone story, readers, like me, might enjoy reading the books in order to see how the main protagonist develops.  I wasn’t disappointed as I read each book, getting lost in the old west where there is a mixture of romance and gun smoke in the air!  Enjoy them all!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Powder Burn

 

Title:  Powder Burn (Will Tanner U. S. Marshal Western #3)

Author:  William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone

Pages:  336

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Pinnacle

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

Will Tanner is an unassuming and quiet law officer who prefers to work alone even though at times he sure could use help.  Will wants to get to know his boardinghouse owner’s daughter, Sophie, but she is off limits as she is to be married soon.  So, Will takes on an assignment, packs up his traps and rides off to bring in his prisoner.  Sounds easy doesn’t it?  But it never seems to be that way for Will.

Will begins to track his man and before long he is fighting because the law breaker refuses to come along quietly.  Will believes he is after a horse thief, but the man has more strikes against him.  Will just doesn’t know it yet.  Readers will find it interesting that this becomes a major deal later on in the story.

Will goes out again and treats his prisoners humanely but that doesn’t make them not try to escape.  Perley Gates is in this story, which adds a colorful character to the tale.  For readers who aren’t familiar with Perley, I will share that he is a man who lives off the land and tries to stay out of harm’s way.  Perley comes into other series in the Johnstone world that sheds some light on his past.

In this third installment in the Will Tanner series, we read how Will is learning to be a law officer, watching his trail better, and maybe a little romance.  Will Tanner knows the dangers he faces and the rough way of life he has chosen but believes it fits him better than ranching.  He is still part-owner of a ranch that goes by the name of J-bar-J which plays a role in this book.  Will rides after the Cheney family who is involved in rustling and more, the Scorpion Jack Lynch gang.  These deadly folks are about to meet their match when they face Will Tanner U. S. Marshal!

The other books in the series are Will Tanner:  U. S. Marshal and A Stranger in Town.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

The Judgment Stone

 

Title:  The Judgment Stone (The Immortal Files #2)

Author:  Robert Liparulo

Pages:  402

Year:  2013

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Please read book one in the series, The Thirteenth Tribe, before reading this one or readers will not know what is going on.  This novel picks up where the first one left off.  A lot of the story takes place in a very old monastery at the base of Mount Sinai.  An archeologist on a dig just outside the monastery walls discovers a piece of stone, the Judgment Stone.  This stone turns out to be a piece of the first set of The Ten Commandments, the ones broken by Moses when he descended from Mount Sinai and found the Israelites worshiping the golden calf.  Owen, Jagger, Jagger’s wife and son continue to battle The Tribe, a group of immortals.  However, an opponent of pure evil now enters the fight…The Clan.

An artifact that wields the power to see into the spiritual realm is at stake.  The Clan wants the artifact to target God followers and eliminate them.  The Tribe is after Jagger’s wife because they think she somehow holds the key to end their mission.  Jagger is battling both to keep his wife and son safe.  The Tribe has spent thousands of years killing sinners to, in their eyes, redeem themselves.  Now, with Jagger’s wife, they think they have found an end to their perceived mission of killing and a way to redemption and heaven.

Non-stop action and suspense as the various factions fight each other.  There is more violence in this second book than the first, but that really brought home to me how real is the spiritual battle for our souls.  The enemy will stop at nothing to destroy what God loves.  Jagger is still struggling with his amnesia and the depravity of evil as innocents are killed.  The battle scenes are intense and realistic.  The portrayal of the spiritual realm was believable, and I could put myself in to the story seeing the prayers of the righteous ascend to heaven.  I thoroughly enjoyed both books and would recommend them.  They are full of action, faith, intensity, warrior monks and so much more.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

The Runaway Bride

Title:  Runaway Bride (The Bride Ships #2)

Author:  Jody Hedlund

Pages:  e-book

Year:  2020

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers

My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.

Arabella Lawrence arrives in British Columbia on a bride ship that sailed from England.  She is escaping an arranged marriage to a physically abusive man.  She is a woman of wealth in England, but here in this part of the world her position is much less.  She is pretty, and a British gentleman in the navy sets his hat for her upon her setting her feet on shore from the ship.  She thinks she should marry in her class, but she is attracted to the local baker, Pete Kelly.  She also makes the discovery of a starving little girl, eating out of the garbage.  She soon takes the little girl in but finds out that not all of the town is accepting of the idea of a native from the local tribe living among them.  A recent infection of smallpox has ravaged the local tribes as well as settler towns, so fear runs rampant against the natives.  However, Arabella is a compassionate and caring women, extending the hand of Christ to this girl.  She has help from Pete, which brings the two of them closer.

Pete Kelly turned over a new leaf about a year ago.  He gave up his wild ways and is now a Christian.  He spots Arabella soon after she arrives and just knows she is the one who will be his wife.  The trouble is he will have competition from a man who is of an equal social class as her.  Pete doesn’t care about status.  He brings her fresh bread a few days and decides to teach her how to bake.  His time is stretched thin with running his own business, plans to expand, and wooing a woman to be his wife.  He is friendly with the natives, which most people are against, including the navy men.  Time and again he faces challenges from one particular soldier, the one who also wants Arabella as his wife.

I didn’t connect with Arabella.  Her introduction in the first book was a bit mysterious, which interested me.  In this book, not so much.  I also thought there were many more allusions to the physical aspect of their relationship, which might bother some readers of Christian fiction.  The story seemed a little on the slow side for me as well.  I loved the descriptions of the landscape.  It sounds absolutely beautiful!  Pete was also a character who still struggled with temptations but learned to lean on God for help.  He seemed like such a fun and upbeat guy.  The third book, A Bride of Convenience, is due to be released in June 2020, which I will be reading.  Check back for my review!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

 

Daughter of Rome

 

Title:  Daughter of Rome

Author:  Tessa Afshar

Pages:  378

Year:  2020

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Priscilla is the daughter of a Roman general, but after his death her stepbrother relegates her to the status of slave.  She is allowed to live on the property, but not in the elegant home.  She cooks her own food and does her own laundry.  She has no slaves to do her bidding.  She has begun attending a synagogue.  She clings to the words spoken.  Her heart is stirred and her soul longs for fulfillment.  She has a secret that plagues her with guilt and shame.  Some in the synagogue speak to her about the Messiah.  Could He be the one to quench her thirst?

Aquila has not been in Rome long.  He and his uncle are starting a leather-working business.  This is not the life Aquila had planned for himself, but his refusal to disavow the Messiah has cost him his inheritance.  He is a Jew and is attending the synagogue when he spies a beautiful Gentile woman seated in the back.  He is introduced to her, but as she is a Gentile he thinks she is not of his status.  How wrong he is proven to be!  She shows her faith in all she does with compassion, self-sacrifice and many hours of laboring love.  Aquila is convicted, repents and has his heart stolen.

As usual, Tessa Afshar has written a novel of historical biblical fiction that gives readers a look at what the lives of real biblical people could have been like in ancient times.  I have read all of her novels and find them to be interesting and entertaining.  I always learn something of ancient life, culture and times that I treasure.  She has an ability to weave fact and fiction together to make a well-crafted story to please any reader.  I especially applaud her faith-filled stories depicting people from all walks of life who have encountered God and His Son and the resulting transformation.  I look forward to her next novel and seeing where I will meet Jesus Christ in the pages!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

Kings Falling (The Book of the Wars #2)

 

Title:  Kings Falling (The Book of the Wars #2)

Author:  Ronie Kendig

Pages:  349

Year:  2020

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers, Inc.

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Iskra Todorova (Viorica from Storm Rising) is now fighting on the side of right.  She and Leif have a romantic relationship still taking shape.  Iskra is after the Book of Wars because she has been told it will lead her to a group of super warriors and her brother.  She hasn’t seen her brother in 10 years but feels as if he might be fighting on the side of wrong.  If she can find him, she will do everything she can to save him.  Meanwhile, she must play a dangerous game with an old nemesis who also wants her to find the Book of Wars for him as he has plans to conquer the world via his nefarious organization, ArC.  She must pretend to be looking for the book for him because he claims to have information about her brother.

Leif Metcalfe is in charge of a special forces operations team called Reaper.  Their original task was to locate the Book of Wars, but they also have information about specific super soldiers.  These super soldiers work alone but gain access to high powered targets and eliminate them.  Reaper now must stop these soldiers before they claim their next target.  Reaper hasn’t been too successful in the past at stopping them, but maybe this time they will succeed.  Meanwhile, Leif is having the same nightmare or is it suppressed memories?  He still is searching for information about his six-month memory loss and is frustrated that he keeps hitting roadblocks from his boss and others.  Sometimes these memories or imaginings are accompanied by a pain in his head.  Is he going crazy?

Wow, what an adrenaline rush!  Whew, there is so much action in this book that you, like me, will be unable to wait until November for the third book to be released!  I definitely recommend reading book one, Storm Rising, before reading this book because book two picks up right where book one leaves off.  There is lots of military jargon, but I found it easy to follow.  I loved seeing the storylines between Adam and Peyton, Mercy and Baddar, and the others progress.  There are plenty of plot twists and great characters to admire, root for, or root against.  My only negative is that there is no mention of faith or Christ, and this is categorized as Christian fiction.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

Starfish Pier (Hope Harbor Series #6)

 

 

 

Title:  Starfish Pier (Hope Harbor Series #6)

Author:  Irene Hannon

Pages:  352

Year:  2020

Publisher:  Revell

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

In the Hope Harbor series, there are six books beginning with Hope Harbor, followed by Sea Rose Lane, Sandpiper Cove, Pelican Point and Driftwood Bay.  Each book in the series tells a captivating tale around a set of characters who deal with a variety of challenges.  The novels touch the heart of readers and leaves them with a sense of hope as they finish the book.  While reading each book in order isn’t necessary because each book is a story unto itself, I found reading each one makes the next one better. When I was done reading the newest addition to the series, Starfish Pier, I was delighted to find out that another installment is due out on Spring of 2020!

The story here revolves around two people who have experienced heart break and challenges in different life experiences that have forged their path in life.  First, there is Holly Miller who has a physical ailment that challenges her each and every day.  Holly must choose whether to live to her fullest or let her physical disability keep her from all God has for her.  When she decides to move a little way from her folks, it is with the hope she will come out of her shell and meet someone special, though there is more to her than I am revealing.

Then we meet Steven Roark whose military background has made him a man on a mission, a champion for what is right and yet there is more to the heart of this man.          Steven loves his brother, came to Hope Harbor to help, and to chart a new career path.  While he didn’t go looking for love, or hoping to have a less solitaire future, it might just find him in Hope Harbor.  But will Steven face his past demons and his deepest regrets?

I have thoroughly enjoyed Irene Hannon’s series from the mysterious taco seller named Charley who seems to have keen intuition into the heart of those who visit his stand to the seagulls who show up in the book and add some comedy!  Grab one of the books or read all of them in order while you sit down and take time to get lost in the town of Hope Harbor.  You will be glad you did and maybe pass the stories of hope to others.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Killer Takes All (A Duff MacCallister Western #10)

 

Title:  Killer Takes All (A Duff MacCallister Western #10)

Author:  William W Johnstone and J. A. Johnstone

Pages:  368

Year:  2020

Publisher:  Pinnacle

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

Duff MacCallister is a Scottish immigrant who now is a successful Angus Cattleman and large landowner in Chugwater, Wyoming.  Duff is a man of principle who fights for what is right and stands by his friends no matter what comes their way.  In this latest installment, Duff isn’t the one so much injured as his fellow neighbors are by what appears to be a land grab by a railroad company.  When the owner of a railroad sends his son to the town to build a connecting spur, the townspeople become divided when the ranch owners want the railroad company to build elsewhere.  Why?  Well, that is part of what readers will discover as they get lost in the tale!

I have become fond of Duff, Elmer, Wang, and other characters that are bonded together by business, friendship and more.  Meagan is Duff’s lady friend who owns a small share in Duff’s ranch and cattle, but their romance is building as well as their abiding friendship.  Audiences will get new insight into the backgrounds of the fictional players Wang and Elmer, who are very interesting and unique to the tales in all of the Duff MacCallister novels.

The action and adventure in the book are liberally sprinkled throughout and the climax near the end left me wanting more.  The various secondary characters brought to life the fictional town of Chugwater, Wyoming such as the newspaper owner and editor, Mr. Blanton.  With real life being as it is, the ability to get lost in the old west with familiar characters is one reason I enjoy curling up with a Johnstone book and I am betting you will too.  With each new story, readers will finish a book feeling as if the players are real, the action takes their breath away and leaving you wanting more!

So, enjoy this latest book in the MacCallister Western Series, and if you haven’t yet, enjoy the books that have come before such as MacCallister:  The Eagles Legacy, The Killing, Dry Gulch Ambush, Kill Crazy, Kingdom Come, Ten Guns From Texas, Day of Reckoning, The Stalking Death, and Stranglehold.  If you’re like me, it is fun reading and seeing evil being vanquished!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. 

Taken

 

Title:  Taken

Author:  Dee Henderson

Pages:  432

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Matthew Dane is a private investigator with a past that includes his daughter being kidnapped but eventually returned to him.  With that experience under his belt, he is uniquely qualified to act as liaison for his new client, Shannon Bliss.  She also is the victim of a kidnapping 11 years ago and has escaped her captors.  He understands how overwhelmed Shannon is going to feel once her family and the media discover her return.  He is an expert at providing advice, planning interactions for her with various people and helping her work through psychological issues.

Shannon Bliss is a young woman who is facing a return to society after being held in captivity by a gang that commits thefts all over the country.  She was forced to worth with them in some capacity and now that she has escaped wants to put them out of business and behind bars.  However, she has a lot of emotions to deal with and knows she needs help.  She saw the media coverage of when Matthew’s daughter was taken and returned, so she knows he is the only one who can help her.

While I enjoyed the interaction between Shannon and Matthew, there was too much description of the mundane like when they ate, what they ate, etc.  To me, Shannon appeared super confident for someone who had been in her situation, which didn’t seem too realistic.  Also, readers are never told what Shannon’s role was over the last 11 years of captivity.  What “job” did she do while she was with the “family”?  What role did she play?  Matthew is very skilled at his job and is always thinking of what is best for Shannon, not himself, which is an aspect that I like.  Even though a bit on the long side, the novel is definitely worth reading.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

The House at the End of the Moor

 

 

 

 

Title:  The House at the End of the Moor

Author:  Michelle Griep

Pages:  e-book

Year:  2020

Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press

My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.

Margaret “Maggie” is a former opera star living in a remote manor house.  She rarely goes to town and lives with her mute maid.  There is a crusty man who keeps up the grounds, but all-in-all she is alone.  She is keeping a secret and is also in hiding from her stage manager as well as a wealthy aristocrat.  She does find some companionship in her dog and often goes on long walks with him.  She misses singing but not the strings attached to her career.  Her maid is out walking one day and discovers an unconscious man near a stream.  Maggie and her maid bring the man home to take care of his injuries.

Oliver is an escaped prisoner.  He has been unjustly imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit.  He has every intention of proving his innocence but has a mad man on his trail trying to capture him and send him back to prison.  Oliver keeps his predicament a secret but soon the constable is on Maggie’s doorstep trying his best to scare Maggie into turning Oliver in.  They decide it is best to leave the moor and head to the city.  Maggie wants to be free of her manager and the threats of an aristocrat, and Oliver wants to discover who framed him for his alleged crime and his name cleared of wrongdoing.

I have read all of this author’s other books and enjoyed them.  She is one of my “go to” authors, but this one for me just didn’t draw me in or get me to make a connection with the characters.  The switching of tenses also made things harder to follow sometimes.  The writing is wonderfully done, and the spiritual element of the novel is likewise spot-on for the most part.  There were some tense moments, but overall the story was slow moving and the female and male lead characters just mediocre.  I did like the historical notes at the end of the story as I learned something interesting.

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

A Stranger in Town (Will Tanner #2)

 

 

 

Title:  A Stranger in Town (Will Tanner #2)

Author:  William W. Johnstone with J. A. Johnstone

Pages:  352

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Pinnacle

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars.

Will Tanner is a young man who is figuring out how to be a lawman when he was working on a ranch not too long ago.  Now he has a mission to track down the men who shot another Deputy U.S. Marshal, Ed Pine, and left him for dead.  The men Ed originally was after had robbed a train and killed a guard, so Will has that score to settle as well.  He is still new at his job and prefers to work alone with no cook or posse men.

Will keeps finding his mind traveling to the boarding house owner’s daughter, Sophie.  She isn’t available to him but that doesn’t stop the wondering thoughts.  Brock Larsen knows Will is on his trail and no matter how many times he tries to throw that law dog off, Will is like a bad penny and keeps turning up!  Brock is ruthless and tries whatever way is handy to escape, and Will must decide just how far he’ll travel to grab his man and bring him to justice.

The character Will Tanner is a quiet and reserved kind of guy.  He is learning his job without the benefit of someone more experienced showing him the ropes.  Thankfully, Will is quick with a gun but even more deadly because of his planning when he sets out after a man.  Much of the adventure that readers will enjoy takes place in the Indian Nations and other close states.  Will Tanner is one of my favorite male leads as he is a quiet and modest young man until he catches up with his quarry.  Then, all bets are off or are they?

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.