"A real treat"
In the 1870s New Orleans, wealthy Walter Malloy parades
potential husbands past his daughter, but Hanna rejects
each of them until he informs her she will wed Louis
Beauchcamp, merging the two biggest shipping firms in the
area. Walter hires a chaperone to guard his daughter so
Hanna concludes she will never be free of her domineering
father or his hand pick lackey of a spouse unless she
marries someone else. She decides her choice must be a
wanderer who would never be home to order her to do
things. Hanna escapes and flees to Fort Smith, Arkansas.
She selects half-breed Cale Elliot as her mate based on his
reputation as a deputy working for Judge Parker, and his
work as a bounty hunter will keep him away from her. Cale
accepts her plan because he believes that a wife could be
the key to gaining entrance to the notorious gang who
killed his brother. As her father and her "fiancÚ" come to
collect her, the newlyweds fall in love, but both remain in
deadly danger if the outlaws learn who he is.
Though some readers might scratch their heads on the
relative ease of Hanna's transformation from a life of
opulence to that of a frontier woman, Americana fans will
relish the adaptation to her new life because she is a
brave admirable individual. Cale has his own demons to
contend with, but knows he would die for his bride. The
lead characters are deep and their adventures are typical
of a Carol Finch reading riot as the BOUNTY HUNTER'S BRIDE
is a stirring western romance that entertains the troops.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 28, 2002