"Exciting western romance"
In the 1880s their aging dad informs his three sons that
the first one married with a child inherits the family
ranch. It appears that the oldest brother Rafe and his
relatively new wife Emmeline will win the competition as
she is pregnant (see HIGH COUNTRY BRIDE).
Middle brother Kade advertised for a bride and six women
answered. However, his interest lies in Sister Mandy who
he believes is not a nun, but someone on the run. Mandy
has mixed feelings about Kade, who she met a few years
ago. She is happy he does not recognize her so he cannot
expose her, but also sad because she so much wanted him to
remember her. Though even more attracted to him then she
was as a young teen, she fears that if her family finds
her, Kade would become an expendable pawn especially to
her odious stepfather.
The second McKettrick western romance is an exciting
action-packed tale starring two delightful lead
protagonists. Readers will appreciate Sister Mandy from
the moment she trounces the socially conscious Kade in a
horse race. Though some confusion between the
relationship between Mandy's stepfather and stepbrother
exists and the resolution is too easy, this is an exciting
Americana historical romance. The coda of SHOTGUN BRIDE
is a wonderful setup for the youngest brother's story that
will keep the audience breathless in anticipation.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 21, 2003