"Entertaining western romance"
In 1883 while her father visits Egypt, Sinclair Readford
leaves Philadelphia to meet her Aunt Matilda "Tilly" Haynes
whom she never knew existed. Her aunt's letters to her
were hidden for no apparent reason that Sinclair could
fathom. Sinclair's plan is to travel to the Montana
Territory to introduce herself to her aunt, a successful
businesswoman, before returning to her home prior to her
father coming back from overseas.
Sinclair reaches the Blue Willow, which is not quite what
she expected since the place is a whorehouse. She learns
Aunt Tilly is on extended vacation and apparently is the
Madam of this cathouse. Shocked, Sinclair climbs out a
window to escape the bordello, but lands in the lap of
rancher Jefferson McCloud. He takes the scantily clad
Sinclair with him to his ranch, as they agreed, where she
could stay for now if she becomes the teacher caretaker to
his sister Maddie. As they live in close proximity, they
fall in love, but she is boisterous east and he is taciturn
west, leaving both of them and Maddie to wonder if that is
BENEATH A SILVER MOON is an entertaining western romance
that captures the attention of sub-genre fans from the
moment the heroine nose dives in her "failed" attempt out a
third story window. The story line vividly describes the
old west while the lead couple is delightful opposites.
However, the tale belongs to Maddie who steals the hearts
of the audience. Deborah Schneider's character driven plot
provides pleasure to those readers who prefer a strong cast
starring in a western romantic cozy.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 5, 2002