Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Gunman's Bride

Title: The Gunman's Bride
Author: Catherine Palmer

From Goodreads:

Bart Kingsley had followed her to New Mexico, ready to lay his love—and his life—on the line. But spirited Laura Rose had made a fresh start for herself. She hadn't left her controlling father in Kansas to let some gun-slinging outlaw ruin her hopes—no matter what scandalous past they shared six years ago. Or how his green eyes beckoned!

Rosie was his light in the darkness—Bart would do anything to win back her trust. But he was a wanted man. Would the past, with its dangerous demands and debts, conspire to destroy their new beginning? Or would his faith in God—and in Rosie—be rewarded?

My Take:

On many levels I could relate to Rosie because she often let her fears and worries get the best of her. I have one of those minds that can imagine a hundred different outcomes - vividly. It's one of the reasons I write. It's a mistake to oversimplify and think she's weak. She did leave her father for a fresh start on her own. She also was so determined to get the teaching job of her dreams that she made a plan and saw it through - step by step. She wasn't honest with her father or herself though.

When Bart shows up, everything gets complicated. Not just her life and plans - but her feelings as well. She wants her safe and secure plan and suddenly everything has gone off the rails.

Bart is... Bart. lol He struggles against his past - both what people did to him and what he has done himself. Part of the time he doesn't believe he deserves any better and part of the time he wants more so badly he would do nearly anything to get it. He only knew one good thing in his life - Rosie. He wants a chance to win her back, whatever that takes.

This couple have a true and passionate love. It was an interesting story to see how they found each other and overcame their obstacles. There were some tense and frustrating moments, but I enjoyed it very much. I also need to mention a lot of research went into this book and I enjoyed meeting the true-life characters that were introduced.


  1. This one sounds very good! Of course, anything she writes is guaranteed to please! :o)

  2. Sounds like a good book, will have to put it on my wish list. :) I love the cover...sooo pretty! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. This one sounds very sweet, and i love the cover! thanks for the review, lee!

  4. Ladies ~ It is a pretty cover! I usually mention that. I can't believe I didn't. Carrie, this book has some... "heat" that your average prairie romance might not - because they are a married couple. No outright love scenes - but there is lots of tension and description of things you wouldn't find in lots of other books. I thought it was great to find a book that treated a Christian romance like they really desired one another. So - it wasn't just sweet - it has a little spice as well. :o)