"Exciting western Americana romance"
In 1879 Denver at the Dancing Belles Saloon, Andre Du Bois
realizes how Faith O'Malley cheated at cards. He takes her
into his office threatening to turn her over to the law.
Faith escapes with the two thousand dollars. That night
Andre looked for Faith, but failed to find her. The next
morning he sees her coming out of the bank. Andre forces
Faith to work as a dealer at his saloon to pay off the
money he insists she stole. She agrees to his terms.
Unbeknownst to Andre, who believes Faith wants to open up a
brothel, she needed the money to pay the bank on a loan she
had on Heart House, an orphanage she runs for the children
of whores. As Faith and Andre become acquainted they fall
in love. However, he believes she is just like his missing
wife Pearl who stole a fortune from him while she feels he
could never accept the daughter of a prostitute let alone
her running of Heart House.
Though there is an overuse of coincidental meetings, the
story line absorbs the reader as the era comes alive
through the actions of the lead couple. The support cast
augments the plot as the audience learns about the plight
of the children and the ailing prostitutes. Fans of
western Americana romances will fully appreciate Renee
Halverson's debut as EXTREME MEASURES renders plenty of
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 5, 2002