The most wildly romantic novel yet from the author of Caroline and the Raider. To avoid the hangman's noose, young Jolie McKibben enters into a marriage of convenience with farmer Daniel Beckham, and finds that the sense of trust, the shared work and hardships lead inevitably to true love. "Linda Lael Miller is a most talented craftsman with the ...Read MoreThe most wildly romantic novel yet from the author of Caroline and the Raider. To avoid the hangman's noose, young Jolie McKibben enters into a marriage of convenience with farmer Daniel Beckham, and finds that the sense of trust, the shared work and hardships lead inevitably to true love. "Linda Lael Miller is a most talented craftsman with the written word".--Affaire de Coeur.Read Less
This book is built on an interesting premise: A young woman ?outlaw? marries a man in order to escape the hangman?s noose. Twenty year-old Jolie McKibben has a noose around her neck and is standing in a hay wagon - waiting for the hangman to say the last words she will hear.
A young farmer, Daniel Beckham, sees the imminent death of the young lady and the judge offers him the opportunity to marry her by invoking the ?wedding ordinance.?
Actually, this is THE WIVES OF BOWIE STONE (by Maggie Osborne) in reverse. If you?ve read that treasure, you understand the basis of this novel. The story takes place in Prosperity, Washington Territory in 1877.
There is plenty of action and the cause-and-effects are reasonable and interesting. I couldn?t put the book down and read it in a few hours. This is one of the best LLM books I?ve read.
The only issues I had revolved around the resolution of the novel. The last 7 pages were chock full of paragraphs tying up the large number of threads running through the book. It seemed a bit rushed.
** SPOILER ** Also, the person who finds Jolie (in the last pages) has miraculously recovered from a serious ailment ? which seems impossible in such a short time frame.
However, this is an engaging book with lots of twists and turns. Enjoy!
Jun 18, 2009
I loved the characters. Linda Howard is kind to the women and the men in her books. She is one of my favorite writers and I read her books over and over. Maddie was great the way she proved how important she was to Reese.
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