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Posted December 3, 2000
Sandra Chastain's latest single title historical from Bantam, The Outlaw Bride, is a December release. For Sandra's many fans, this is a much-anticipated new release. For lovers of western historicals, The Outlaw Bride is definitely one not to be missed. Josie Miller is a lawyer, nearly a doctor, and yet considers herself to be a bit of a fraud. Orphaned at a young age, she learned to pick pockets and locks to stay alive. Her outlaw past still haunts her. When adopted by Dan and Dr. Annie, Josie finds love and a secure home in Wyoming, but never believes that she is the lady they want her to be. Sims Callahan is brought to Josie's house wounded and near death. Even though Dr. Annie is out of town, Josie is determined to save the mysterious stranger who looks more like an outlaw than a victim. Sims is badly injured and nearly dies, but Josie is able to bring him back from the brink of death. When he comes to, however, he finds himself accused of theft and on his way to prison. That's when his lady doctor becomes his lady lawyer, and Callahan wants her to be so much more. Sandra has created bold, vibrant characters living in a rugged time. Josie is an interesting heroine, full of independence and righteous indignation on behalf of the downtrodden and persecuted, especially women. Sims is an enigma, just on the edge of the law, whose heart is in the right place but who has responsibilities and shadows from the past coloring his actions and decisions. These two people set off sparks from the moment they meet. They are intellectually well-matched and there is some wonderful dialogue between them. The secondary characters add a nice dimension to the story and are very believable. If you are a fan of western historicals or of Sandra's many previous books, be sure you don't miss The Outlaw Bride.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Josie knows she owes everything to Dr. Annie, who saved the former's life by adopting her when Josie was just another New York City pickpocket. After working in Dr. Annie's clinic and studying law, Josie is now an attorney in the Wyoming Territory during a time when the only professional job a woman was allowed to hold was lying on her back. <P>After being ambushed, outlaw Sims Callahan is near death when he worries about his brother Ben. An Indian, Bear Claw, feeling he owes his life to the whites, rescues Sims by taking him to the Miller ranch, home of Dr. Annie and her spouse who are in New York. Josie also resides at the ranch and using the skills Dr. Annie taught her, works to heal the patient. As Sims recovers, he convinces Josie that neither he nor his brother is a cattle rustler. Meanwhile Ben heals under the care of Rachel. As the two couples fall in love, Josie sets out to prove the innocence of her man and his brother. <P> The OUTLAW BRIDE just proves that nobody does a western romance better than the incredible Sandra Chastain. The thrilling story line is packed yet not overloaded with action, romance, and a touch of mystery. Ms. Chastain not only provides an authentic taste for the late nineteenth century Wyoming Territory, but she uses her fully developed characters such as the romantic couples and secondary players like Judge Carl McSparren to accomplish this feat. This winning tale will send sub-genre fans seeking the tremendous previous story, THE RUNAWAY BRIDE. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2000
Josie Miller was the only female lawyer in the Wyoming Territory. She knew medicine from her adopted mother. However, her mother was away on holiday when the Sioux Chief, Bear Claw, brought in the gun shot wounded man. Sheriff Will Spencer came by soon afterward. Seems someone named Sims Callahan and his younger brother, Ben, were delivering a saddlebag full of money to pay for a herd of fancy imported cows at the rail yard. But the Callahan brothers never showed up. Josie knew her patient was Sims because he kept calling out for Ben. Her law training kicked in. Her patient was now her client! <BR><BR> Sims Callahan took a bullet in his lower back when they were ambushed. He tossed the bags to Ben and yelled for Ben to run with them. As Ben sped off, Sims held off the bandits. Sims was later left for dead. Next thing he knew a pretty female was tending his wounds and he had no idea what had happened to Ben. If the money was lost, the Callahans would lose their ranch. Then someone began framing the Callahans! <BR><BR> Circumstances later change so that Josie, Ellie (a saloon girl), and Sims were running from the law and toward the truth! <BR><BR> *** Ben is in the story, but I want to leave out how as a surprise for the readers. This story starts out with a punch that will easily grab its readers. Full of action and romance, a great plot, and a few surprises. Well worth your time and money! ***Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 12, 2015
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