"A realistic western romance"
Emily Spoon feels Forlorn Valley, Colorado is the
perfect place for her and her family to start over.
However, Sheriff Clint Barclay has spent much of his law
enforcement life jailing the Spoon gang and feels that
Emily is just a chip off the old block. He rejects her
insistence that the family is going straight, firmly
believing that outlaws never change their spots.
At a town social, Clint is unable to stop himself from
kissing Emily. Though both are shaken by their respective
reactions, Emily knows she must find a way to prove to
Clint that the family's outlawing days is over. As Clint
and Emily fall in love, evidence surfaces that seems to
lead to the conclusion that the Spoon family is still
involved in illegal activities. The sheriff must choose
between his duty and his heart unless new evidence surfaces.
The key to the well written ONCE AN OUTLAW is the depth
of the characters, especially the lead couple as readers
can understand the growing feelings of love shadowed by
doubts and divided loyalties. The support cast, notably
Emily's family, enables the audience to see even deeper
inside the hearts of Clint and Emily. The story line shows
the strength of Jill Gregory as a writer as she cleverly
switches from amusing scenarios to situations filled with
pathos that hook fans into seeking other western romances
from this talented author.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 25, 2001