Redemption's Edge

Redemption's Edge

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by Shirleen Davies

“A heartwarming, passionate story of loss, forgiveness, and redemption set in the untamed frontier during the tumultuous years following the Civil War. Ms. Davies’ engaging and complex characters draw you in from the start, creating an exciting introduction to this new historical western romance series.”

“Redemption’s Edge is a


“A heartwarming, passionate story of loss, forgiveness, and redemption set in the untamed frontier during the tumultuous years following the Civil War. Ms. Davies’ engaging and complex characters draw you in from the start, creating an exciting introduction to this new historical western romance series.”

“Redemption’s Edge is a strong and engaging introduction to her new historical western romance series.”

Dax Pelletier is ready to start a new life, far away from the one he left behind in Savannah following the South’s devastating defeat in the Civil War. The ex-Confederate general wants nothing more to do with commanding men and confronting the tough truths of leadership.

Rachel Davenport possesses skills unlike those of her Boston socialite peers—skills acquired while working as a nurse in field hospitals during the Civil War. Eschewing her northeastern suitors and forever changed by the violence and death she’s seen, Rachel decides to accept her uncle’s invitation to assist him at his clinic in the wild frontier of Montana.

Now a Texas Ranger, a promise made to a friend takes Dax and his brother, Luke, to the untamed territory of Montana. He’ll fulfill his oath and return to Austin.

The small town of Splendor is exactly what Rachel needs after life in a large city. She’s grown to love the people as well as the majestic beauty of the sprawling frontier wilderness and embraces a new life unlike any she ever thought possible. Now, her feelings for one man threaten to change everything.

Dax believes his battle days are over. However, dangers of a different kind stalk him. Confronting the vengeance of men from his past doesn’t alarm the hardened ex-soldier. The biggest threat, and the one he is least prepared to defend against, may come from Rachel, the woman who’s captured his heart.

Can she break through his demons and help Dax overcome the nightmares which still haunt him? Will Dax be able to envision a future, one that includes Rachel, or will he continue to hide from his destiny?

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Shirleen Davies
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Shirleen Davies writes romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. She grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance. She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona. Shirleen began her new series, MacLarens of Fire Mountain, with Tougher than the Rest, the story of the oldest brother, Niall MacLaren. Other books in the series include, Faster than the Rest, Harder than the Rest, Stronger than the Rest, and Deadlier than the Rest. Book six, Wilder than the Rest, is due for release in early summer, 2014. Her contemporary romance series, MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary, opened with book one, Second Summer. Book two, Hard Landing, released in April 2014, and Book three, One More day, is scheduled to release in midsummer, 2014. Shirleen loves to hear from her readers. Write to her at: Visit her website: Comment on her blog: Facebook Fan Page: Twitter: Google+: LinkedIn:

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Redemption's Edge 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
2 1/2 stars. Fire the editor and the proofreader. The typos were atrocious in number. The story is melodramatic. Also worth mentioning is the repitition -- I don't know how many times I read that they entered the diner and ordered the special, and then there are the same feelings described over and over, as though the characters could not learn from their experiences. There are characters introduced by name and a bit of personal history, but they never appear again in the story. I consider this book a dime store shoot-em-up western rather than a romance.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Dax and Luke ,are definitely romance material . Both brothers have have served as officers in the Confederate Army and now the war is over and their family home and business in Savanah is destroyed they go on a journey to reinvent their lives . Along the way Dax encounters Rachel a nurse from the Union Army and a Boston socialite transplanted to Splendor Montana . Life and love doesn't run smoothly however , there are murdered Texas Rangers , unscrupulous land barons, vengeful army deserters and a host of other folks good and bad that movie the story right along . I was only disappointed Ms Davies hasn't written a sequel yet. You won't be disappointed .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all the awesome reviews and decided to give it a try...I 'm confused, this says romance????? Where was the romance part..hmm let's see the went to her room and made love all night and he was her first and last ...that's how it was tell me where is the romance in pet peeve is when review's and the book says romance....hence, that it is why they call them romance books, I would like something close to love scenes . They don't need to be descriptive , but come on some kind of passion and romance, besides a kiss . Please start labeling these books so I don't waste my time and money...if I don't want love scenes in my book I would not buy "romance" or go to the Christian books...ugh! Onother waste of my time and money...also I like my cowboy's or gunslinger 's to be more bad @ss...not my kind of book...I'm sick of reviews being misleading ..just say next time it was a sweet book with no romance and what suspense??? Texas Rangers chasing bad guys...there was no suspense..will not be reading her books again.
DaliCastillo More than 1 year ago
Suspense and Romance. Perfect Combo! The minute I read the prologue, I was hooked. As I continued reading, it just got better and better. The author has written a wonderful story that combines suspense, action and romance, which for me, is a perfect combo! I loved how the main characters', Dax and Rachel, stories and relationship developed. I loved how Rachel was such a strong woman, something that came from the time she spent as a nurse in the war. As for Dax, one minute I loved him and the next minute I was furious with him. Any story that can make me feel that many emotions is a great story in my book. I liked the way the author placed the other characters in the story. There were many, but it was not overwhelming. Each character had their place in the story that didn't add too much or take away. I also enjoyed that the story was a mixture of suspense, romance, and even humor. I especially enjoyed the banter between Dax and Rachel as well as between Dax and his brother, Luke. There were even a few surprises that I did not see coming.  Shirleen Davies has created a story where the elements of suspense and action intertwined beautifully with the romance and humor. Add to that the cast of characters and you have a story where all of the pieces fit perfectly. This is my first Shirleen Davies book, but it will most definitely not be my last. I'm looking forward to reading more of her books! My Favorite Book Quote: "The clinic." The words popped out before she even realized it. Her look of surprise wasn't lost on Dax. Amusement crossed his face as it dawned on him her request might not have anything whatsoever to do with "the clinic." ""All right. Come inside and we'll talk about the clinic." He let the two words stretch out. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and viewpoints are my own.
BookLove32 More than 1 year ago
Redemption's Edge is a beautiful and moving western romance. I enjoyed every moment of this book. I loved the realness and personality of the characters. Rachel was a passionate young woman who left behind a life of comfort to live in the rugged west of Montana. Rachel and Dax have an undeniable connection, but they both have different desires that could keep them apart. This book was a delightful read with strong and unique characters who are deeply engaging. I found this book to be very well written and a perfect choice for die hard fans of western romance. Very well done!
Musefall More than 1 year ago
Set right after the Civil War, ‘Redemption’s Edge’ follows Dax and Rachel to where their paths come together in Montana. Dax is a man who knows what he wants for his future, including not wanting any distractions from women for the time being. Luke compliments his brother with his own charisma, and often with an opposite way of thinking and looking at things. At the end of the war, there are still gunfights to be fought and the two of them together make an effective team. When the ranch they inherit unexpectedly comes with its own battle to keep, plus one that follows them, they quickly find their hands full. I found Rachel to be a very likeable character, as she is a strong and independent woman with talents of her own as a nurse. Like Dax, she wants to find and carve her own path in life, without falling back on the support of her family. Fortunately, finding love changes things for the better for her. Shirleen Davies captures the heart of her characters and presents them in an uplifting and satisfying story in this first book to her new historical western series. I look forward to the next book and seeing what happens next!
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
“Redemption’s Edge” is a historical romance set in the untamed West, and it captures both the excitement of a small, rough Montana town and the blooming of love between two characters that chance brings together. Rachel Davenport has left her privileged upbringing in Boston to serve as a nurse with her uncle in Splendor, Montana; tending the wounded during the Civil War has left her unable to be happy with merely settling down. Dax Pelletier also leaves his civilized home—Savannah—to be a Texas Ranger, but when his fellow Ranger is killed and asks them to bury his body in Montana soil, Dax honors those wishes and finds himself the unexpected inheritor of a large acreage in Splendor. He and Rachel are immediately drawn to one another, but Dax’s reluctance to settle in the West and Rachel’s reluctance to leave it—as well as other dangers that arise—could keep them apart… Western romance (historical or otherwise) is my favorite subgenre of romance, and “Redemption’s Edge” has all the elements I enjoy: a feisty and capable heroine, a strong but moral man with a little bit of an edge, and the danger of the frontier. I liked that Rachel actually had a profession she is passionate about, and that she was brave enough to leave a pampered life to follow her heart; I also liked that she can take care of herself and isn’t merely in need of rescuing. Her relationship with Dax sparkles, both in their interactions and dialogue; there is plenty of sensual tension in their encounters. Another thing I liked about “Redemption’s Edge” is the plot—while the romance is the driving force of the novel, there are other subplots that keep the read exciting and suspenseful. I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy Western romance; the author has taken care to craft complex and memorable characters, and vividly describes the Montana landscape and town so that it comes alive in your imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The historical western romance in new to me and I am fast finding it to be my favorite genre. I was really excited to see this new series from the author as I have read, and reread, all of her books many times. I can't get enough of her style of writing; it is warm and it takes on a friendly tone, almost as if she was reading the book to us personally. As for Redemption's Edge, I love everything about this book! The characters are interesting, the setting seems so real and the historical importance of that era really shows through in the story itself. I am no history buff, but I do like historical stories that add some romance and intrigue and this one has all of that and more! Rachel and Dax are two of the best characters I have read in a while and even though I am nowhere near finished with this book, I can't wait to see what's next from this series and this author.
edpierce More than 1 year ago
Could it be? A new world from this great author! Shirleen Davies has provided me with many hours of reading enjoyment and her stories never cease to amaze. She is a storyteller in the true sense of the word and where other writers might take the easier path, Shirleen Davies takes the story to the next level and beyond. This new tale, set after the Civil War faces some hard truths for her characters and, in typical Davies style, the characters are warmly welcomed by the reader as they begin to intertwine their lives with the each other creating a world class story that has kept this reader following along for the better part of the day. I just can't help myself and it is very hard to put her books down. From the MacClarens to this new western romance, Shirleen Davies is one of the best authors of our time!
Katlyn_Womack More than 1 year ago
I always love a good Shirleen Davies book. She is certainly one of my favorites, and this book lived up to her standards. She knows her history and does her research, so her facts are spot on. But that isn't what makes her so great. She knows how to write deep, rich, and colorful characters that are easy to relate to and fall in love with. Her stories flow smoothly and have enough twists to keep you guessing. They have an interesting blend of humor, suspense, action, danger, and of course romance. And the cliffhangers at the end of her series books make it very hard to wait for the next one to come out. I pre-ordered this book knowing that it would be great, and I was not disappointed in the least. It takes place just after the civil war, and there are characters from both the north and south who are trying to figure out how to get along with each other. The leading man, Dax, was a very stubborn man for most of the book, but you couldn't help but love him. And Rachel, the leading lady, was fiery and full of passion. But the secondary characters all had wonderful stories too. Dax's brother Luke was compassionate and loving, with nobody but Dax to love. I look forward to seeing him find someone in future books. I'm sure that will be a great one. I'm also interested in seeing what happens with Mr Tolbert's daughter. She will probably have a good story coming up as well. I am looking forward to the next installment as I'm sure it will be just as amazing.