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Posted January 28, 2010
Nicely crafted book!
Although westerns aren't my usual cup of tea, I thoroughly enjoyed Davis's first installment in her Ladies Shooting Club series. She sets her scenes without the reader even noticing--no long, drawn-out descriptions; you're just very much there in the moment. I realized halfway through the book that my mental picture of this town was as vivid as if I were watching it on film. And I can say the same about the lead characters. Davis seems to draw the reader to her hero and heroine effortlessly. Don't be fooled, though--that's the mark of a talented writer. She also knows how to write a tight little mystery, allowing her cast of characters to play devil's advocate all the way through. If a question comes to mind while you read, you can be sure it will be addressed by someone at some point in the story. Not a loose thread in sight. Loved it. Highly recommended.
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Posted December 16, 2009
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Good, but very tame story with minimal romance.
The Sheriff's Surrender is a good story with quirky characters and a complex plot. Unlike some other books by Barbour authors (like M.L. Tyndall's for example), this story is very minimal on the romance. However, people who enjoy mysteries with a whodunnit theme and amateur sleuths trying to solve the crimes will enjoy this story. It wasn't boring, but there were a lot of characters to keep up with which made it harder to get to know the main players in the story. Typically romances have two main points of view but this book had several perspectives including some minor characters. But it was a cute story and I'd recommend it to people who like mystery based historical fiction and don't mind minimal romance.
There were some good themes in this story, too. Women are capable of more than just cooking and taking care of their men for one thing. Also, befriending the outcasts in society is truly Christ-like behavior. I loved how the new pastor's wife was portrayed in a positive light and how she was an example to the ladies of the town. I also loved how the women in the shooter's club reached out to the stinky old lady and to the saloon gals. The way the club grew and became a key ministry to the town was cool, too. I just wished there had been a bit more expression in regards to the hero and heroine's romantic relationship, though I did enjoy the progression of their thinking and the development of their friendship. I found it believable. All in all this was a good novel, but it was very tame. Even the potentially shocking material was low-key.
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Posted November 20, 2009
an enjoyable historical romance
In 1885 in Fergus, Idaho, single Gert Dooley has taken care of her brother the widower Hiram for years. However, she gets back in return the use of guns as he is the town's gunsmith. In fact she can outshoot any man in town, which alienates many of the males and is secretly applauded by the females.
When a killer arrives in Fergus, Gert thinks it is time for women to learn to protect themselves rather than depend on men who may not be at their side when they need help. She forms the Ladies' Shooting Club, who has women signing up while men complain that it is unnatural for females to shoot guns as they might hurt themselves. As she continues her mentoring, Gert and the new sheriff Ethan Chapman are attracted to each other. He likes her grit and is unashamed about her shooting skills being superior to his while she is stunned as love is something she has never felt before.
The Sheriff's Surrender is an enjoyable historical romance starring a wonderful heroine and the law enforcement official who loves her. The story line is a bit thin as the killer takes a back seat to Gert's activities while readers will think of wider possibilities. However, Susan Page Davis' version of Annie Get Your Gun is fun to read as the men in late nineteenth century Idaho are irate and ashamed that a girl can outshoot them and to their chagrin teaching their women to do so too.
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Posted December 15, 2010
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