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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris

In spite of herself, a rush of hot tears filled Emily’s eyes.  Quickly, she looked at the floor to hide them.  It was all decided.

For fans of historical fiction (and handsome cowboys!), The Vigilante’s Bride is a gem. The story takes place in the 1800’s, in the Montana Territory and begins with Chicago native, Emily McCarthy, making her way west to Repton, Montana to marry a man she’s never met.

Although the wealthy widower, Bartholomew Axel is a stranger, he may very well be Emily’s salvation. With no place to go and no family to turn to, Emily is in need of a quick fix for her situation as she is being forced to leave Aldersgate Home for Girls – the only home she’s ever known. Hesitant, but trying to be sensible, Emily resigns herself to the fact that she will have to marry out of necessity and forget about falling in love.

During her journey to Montana, the stagecoach Emily is traveling on is robbed and Emily is abducted – which turns out to be a good thing. It buys her some time to discover who her fiancée’ really is and helps her decide whether she wants to go through with her plans of marriage.

This was a fun story to read – Emily is sassy and quick witted and makes the reader keep turning pages to see what she’ll be up to next! Just when I thought I had Emily figured out, she surprised me again and again.

The cast of characters for this story is varied and interesting and goes beyond the usual “cowboy and indians” style fiction. Toss in Luke Sullivan, the very masculine sharp shooting vigilante and you’ve got the perfect recipe for romance….or disaster! This is the author’s first novel and I think she did a great job.

This book was provided free for review by Bethany House Publishers.


Yvonne Harris earned a BS in Education from the University of Hartford and has taught throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic. Unofficially retired from teaching, she teaches writing at Burlington County College in southern New Jersey, where she resides. She is a winner and three-time finalist for the Golden Heart, once for The Vigilante's Bride, which is her debut novel.


Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and abducting a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expected to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from his pa, but instead ended up rescuing a feisty copper-haired woman who was on her way to marry Sullivan's dangerous enemy. Emily McCarthy doesn't take kindly to her so-called rescue. Still, she's hoping Providence will turn her situation for good, especially when it seems Luke Sullivan may just be the man of her dreams. But Luke has crossed a vicious man, a powerful rancher not used to losing, and Emily is the prize he's unwilling to sacrifice.

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