"A refreshing western romance"
In the nineteenth century out west, Sophie Madrigal
makes a living by telling fortunes, but her real motive is
to bring Ivo Hardwick to frontier justice administered by
herself for the murder of her son. Pinkerton undercover
agent Gabriel Caine also seeks Ivo, but being a quasi-
member of the law he must bring the killer in alive.
When Sophie and Gabriel meet on a train, the attraction
overwhelms everything else. However, they have nothing in
common but the need to find Ivo links the twosome. Still,
Sophie's Aunt Juniper decides that it is in the cards for
Gabriel and her niece to share a lifetime of love. Using
every trick she knows as a spiritualist, Juniper plays
matchmaker between two stubborn individuals who fate has
deemed belong together.
GABRIEL'S FATE is a refreshing western romance because
of the inclusion of the occult in the thrilling story
line. The plot is action packed, and the strong cast makes
this is a fascinating reading experience. The lead couple
disagrees on everything, making them an engaging duet, but
it is the support ensemble of eccentrics that allow Gabriel
and Sophie to shine as they amusingly enable fate to take
its "natural course" of action. Emma Craig provides the
audience with an appealing amusing novel worth reading by
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 6, 2001
When Sophie Madrigal sets out to exact vengeance on Ivo
Hardwick, accompanied by her aunt Juniper, her pug dog
Tybalt, and the dwarf Dmitri, she doesn't expect to stumble
over Gabriel Caine. Gabriel, a Pinkerton man who is also out
to get Hardwick, wants to bring the villain to justice. To
Sophie, the only justice appropriate for Hardwick is death.
Administered by her.
It doesn't help either Sophie or Gabriel that, while on
their individual quests, they keep bumping into the magic
they inadvertently create whenever they get together.
Sophie's family has been in the spiritualist business for
ages. Sophie's always reviled the family business, believing
it to be so much hokum -- until now.
As for Gabriel, the son of revivalist preachers, he's as
cynical as a man can be -- until he meets his fate in