"An amusing western romance"

In Purgatory, Texas, no one locks their doors in spite of the fact that eleven homes have been recently robbed by the Ghost of Ol' Morty Pike. Actually, widow Regan Doyle uses the spectral scenario to "encourage" donations from the reticent purse strings of the rich in support of the local orphanage.

Texas Ranger Clayton Walker, cousin to Regan's late respected spouse, comes to Purgatory to end the crime spree. He almost succeeds with his mission upon initial arrival in town, but the Robin Hood bandit barely eludes him. When Regan arrives at the home she shares with her ailing mother-in-law Martha, she faints at the sight of Clayton also being there. Unbeknownst to either the law enforcement official or the undercover felon, Martha arranged for Clayton to come here because she believes her nephew and her daughter-in-law are perfect for one another. However, neither one wants a relationship though both cannot hide their respective desire for the other.

WALKER'S WIDOW is an amusing western romance that requires a critical leap of faith to accept Regan's successful enterprise into break and enter venture capital funding of the orphanage. Still the lead couple is a captivating duet whose antics to avoid their attraction and to elude identification of her alter ego make for fun reading. The support ensemble brings the era to life while the skirmishes between Clayton and Regan prove quite droll. Heidi Betts provides her audience with a humorous historical romance that is a sure bet to please readers.

Harriet Klausner

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 29, 2001


Clayton Walker has been sent to Purgatory, but it feels more like hell. Assigned to solve a string of minor burglaries, the rugged Texas Ranger thinks catching the crook will be a walk in the park. Instead he finds himself chasing a black-masked bandit with enticing hips and a penchant for helping everyone but herself. Regan Doyle's nocturnal activities know no boundaries; decked out in black, the young widow makes sure the rich donate to the local orphanage. And the fiery redhead isn't about to let a lawman get in her way--even if his broad shoulders and piercing gray eyes are arresting. But caught in a compromising position, Regan recognizes that the jig is up, for Clay has stolen her heart.


Walker's Widow
(Purgatory, Book 1)
by Heidi Betts

Leisure Books
January 1, 2002
ISBN #0843949546
EAN #9780843949544
400 pages
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