"Wonderful western romance!"
Emeline Wright hasn't had an easy life. Orphaned at a young
age, she went to live with her "Uncle Bill" and his family.
Emeline and Bill always got along well, it was his wife and
children she had the problem with. Eventually having
enough, Emeline moved back East and got involved with
Wilson "Sonny" Peterson. Charming, good looking and rich,
Sonny was everything she hoped for in a man. That is, until
she went to visit him in Richmond. From the moment Emeline
got off the train, she became Sonny's prisoner. The one
time she tried to run away, Sonny caught her and beat her.
Eventually, another chance at escape comes up and Emeline
runs. Straight back to Bill and his farm. Of course, things
are a bit different on the old homestead now. Bill's wife
is gone and his children are all married and moved away,
only after taking what they can get from the farm, of
course. And the worst thing is, Bill had an attack of some
kind and one side of his body just doesn't work right
anymore. When Bill dies, Emeline has no idea what she's
going to do. She has no money and the farm is pretty run
Tommy Medlin didn't have an easy life either. His only
surviving brother, the youngest, was the spoiled one of the
family. Since he's quiet and shy, everyone calls Tommy
slow. Considering him slow, Tommy's brother always takes
advantage of him and orders him around. When Tommy first
meets Emeline in the livery stable, he finds her beautiful
and is shocked when she speaks kindly to him. When the day
comes Tommy's brother heads over to Emeline's farm and
tries to rape her, Tommy comes to the rescue and chases his
little brother away. Then he remembers all the money he's
managed to save over the years and knows how badly Emeline
could use it. When Tommy offers Emeline his money, she
refuses and offers him a partnership.
How will the partnership between Tommy and Emeline work?
Will Sonny leave Emeline in peace? What of the attraction
between Tommy and Emeline? Will anything ever come of it?
WRIGHT AND WRONG is a romance set in the Old West. Life was
hard back then and Jane Shoup has done a wonderful job of
showing this, without overpowering the story. Raped and
abused by men all her life, Emeline doesn't trust easily.
Being called slow his whole life, Tommy is also used to
being shunned and has no idea how to gain this beauty's
trust. When these two wounded beings come together, sparks
fly as they must both learn to put their respective pasts
behind them in order to find love and happiness. This is a
heartwarming story full of courage and determination in the
raw western frontier and I highly recommend it!
Posted May 29, 2005
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 19, 2006
Emeline Wright is determined to save the farm that’s both her home and her inheritance. It’s a nearly impossible dream, but Em is as stubborn as she is beautiful. Unfortunately, she’s too focused on survival to be aware of the intense observation she’s under. Many men have set their sights on her for one reason or another, but only one man, Tommy Medlin, puts himself on the line to protect her. Tommy and Em begin a partnership, and, as the farm starts to shape up, a friendship, coupled with a strong physical attraction, builds between them, despite the fact that Em has sworn off all men, and Tommy does not see himself as worthy of her. Being rich in resources, but low in funds, the farm attracts other ‘misfits’ at loose ends with their lives, and, together, this group becomes a family.
Things go well, until others complicate matters. A pretty, young waitress falls in love with Tommy, and tries everything she can think of to win his heart, and the rich and powerful Sonny Peterson, the man Em escaped from to return home, closes in on her. Before it’s over, Tommy and Em will each save the other, and find the love of their lives.