Into the Land of Shadows

Into the Land of Shadows

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by Kristy McCaffrey

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Kate Kinsella has no choice but to go after Charley Barstow and talk some sense into him. After all, he’s skipped town, leaving a string of broken hearts and his pregnant fiancée, Agnes McPherson. But Kate didn’t count on being kidnapped by a band of criminals along the way!

Ethan Barstow is hot on his younger brother’s trail, too…  See more details below


Kate Kinsella has no choice but to go after Charley Barstow and talk some sense into him. After all, he’s skipped town, leaving a string of broken hearts and his pregnant fiancée, Agnes McPherson. But Kate didn’t count on being kidnapped by a band of criminals along the way!

Ethan Barstow is hot on his younger brother’s trail, too. He rescues Kate, believing her to be Charley’s fiancée, and suggests they try to find him together. Kate’s reluctance has him baffled.

All hell breaks loose when they discover Charley in search of a copper mine—not wishing to be found by anyone; certainly not Kate! But, then, Kate was always trouble—and now she’s brought it to his doorstep, with tales of a pregnant fiancée and his brother Ethan, who he hasn’t seen in five years.

Can Ethan and Kate ever find their own love and happiness with one another through the dark deception and hurt? Or will they both return INTO THE LAND OF SHADOWS…

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Kristy McCaffrey has been writing since she was very young, but it wasn’t until she was a stay-at-home mom that she considered becoming published. A fascination with science led her to earn two engineering degrees—she did her undergraduate work at Arizona State University and her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh—but storytelling was always her favorite hobby. Born and raised in Arizona, and recently returned after a 20 year absence in Pittsburgh, she writes Old West romances to capture the landscapes that were such a big part of her childhood. Her first novel The Wren was a CAPA winner for best new author traditional, a Texas Gold finalist, and a HOLT Medallion finalist for best first book. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, four children, and two chocolate labs, Ranger and Lily.


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Into the Land of Shadows 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ly2 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book! Good story and characters. I love Western Romance and this fit the bill!
JoanMauch More than 1 year ago
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Into the Land of Shadows by Kristy McCaffrey has it all: the Good in Kate and Ethan; the Bad and near-bad in Ethan’s brother, Charley, and three rogues that show up at the oddest times whose actions are reminiscent of The Three Stooges; and the Ugly in the demonic possessions of a Navajo brave and Kate with near cataclysmic consequences. Then there’s Bart, the wolf and the apparition, Joe Tohonnie, who are there when they’re needed most. It’s a feast so tasty it keeps you coming back for more. The novel is set in the Old West of Arizona with scenes so compelling you’d swear you can smell the smoke from the campfire and hear the howl of a coyote in the distance. McCaffrey’s love of and familiarity with Arizona comes through in her vivid descriptions, making the reader want to see it for herself. While I was surprised at the supernatural apparitions which seem unusual in a western romance novel, it added unexpected depth and drama to what could have been a more traditional tale. Ms. McCaffrey has demonstrated proficiency in her earlier novels but with Into the Land of Shadows, she has become a master. Where she plans to go from here, I don’t know, but will definitely go along for the ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've seen plenty of 'old western' movies, but I think this is the first time I've ever read an 'old western' book. I remember my dear old grandma - that's all she used to read - western romance novels. And now I understand why. The book is very well-written and easy to follow. I loved the characters. Kate was very easy to relate to, and Ethan was very easy to imagine and drool over. Along with them are a wealth of other great characters - Charley (Ethan's brother, who everyone is searching for), a gang of bumbling bad guys, many awesome indians, and even a ghost thrown in for good measure. Yes, that's right - I said ghost! There's some paranormal stuff going on in the book too, which made it all the better. Anyway, the point I was trying to make was that there were a lot of secondary characters in this book. And quite often, in books with so many characters, it gets confusing as to who is who, what they are each doing, and so on. Not the case here at all! The author did a fantastic job of keeping everyone straight in my mind. There were no huge suprises or plot twists in this book (okay, there was one thing that I didn't see coming), but that's alright. It's one of those stories that you get a sense of satisfaction from predicting the outcomes. You can praise yourself with, "I totally knew that would happen!" In conclusion, Into the Land of Shadows is pure entertainment - a good old-fashioned western, a romance and an adventure with a tiny bit of comedy and a good twist of paranormal thrown in. I loved it! :)
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by the author for a honest review. WOW this book started off and didn't stop through out it. It starts out with Kate being chased by men and Ethan saving her and helping her look for his brother. She doesn't trust him due to what his brother said. The men chasing didn't stop there, they turn up every time you turn around, throw in a few Indian children, a wild wolf, ghost, spirits and a few other things and you have a great read. You find yourself pulled into the story, looking for the brother who is looking for gold, but really wanting to find the father, seems everyone is looking for Ethan brother but not all for the same reason. There is all the romance you could ask for, the good and the bad along with the sad, throw in a little humor and you have a good read.  Kate finds out a few things about Ethan's past that she doesn't know if she can forget much less forgive. To find the answers you will  have to read the book. I promise you will not be disappointed.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
McCaffrey has yet another hit with this one.  It will definitely stand the test of time.  I found myself firmly placed in the time period.  McCaffrey does a brilliant job of developing not only her scenery but the storyline itself in a very visual manner.  The fact that her characters never take the easy route makes the story all the more compelling.  I was thoroughly entranced throughout.   McCaffrey’s characters are brilliant as well.  Not only are the main characters compelling individuals that you want to see succeed; they are individuals with heavy pasts that they must learn to deal with.  Getting to know them was very emotionally rewarding.  The supporting cast was also quite varied, well developed and suited the story perfectly.  I loved how they interacted with each other and how they always stayed true to form.   McCaffrey makes history your present while reading her work.  This was a brilliant read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone.   Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tighten that cinch because Into The Land Of Shadows is a fast paced ride. Ms. McCaffrey brings the time and locale – Arizona, 1893 – to life doing an artful job of painting the landscape and the people. I appreciate her subtle use of dialect to evoke the time and place; she’s an author who knows that the right word here and there is more effective than loading dialogue with a lot of old timey phrases that become distracting. I loved the hero Ethan: smart, capable, honorable and protective as well as hunky and sexy. Kate is everything a heroine should be and then some. The three miners, or as I thought of them - The Three Stooges - brought great comedy to the story. There is a supernatural element that was handled extremely well. I never questioned what was happening but instead wondered what would happen next. It’s a great read from a very talented author. I recommend you treat yourself to a ride Into The Land Of Shadows.