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True to the Law
     

True to the Law

3.8 5
by Jo Goodman
 

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He was on the hunt for a runaway beauty

 

Find her” is the only instruction that private detective Cobb Bridger receives from Richard Mackey. The scion of a wealthy Chicago family, Mackey is desperate to know the whereabouts of the woman who disappeared from his employ, taking with her something of great value. Intrigued as much

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He was on the hunt for a runaway beauty

 

Find her” is the only instruction that private detective Cobb Bridger receives from Richard Mackey. The scion of a wealthy Chicago family, Mackey is desperate to know the whereabouts of the woman who disappeared from his employ, taking with her something of great value. Intrigued as much by what Mackey won’t say about the missing item as he is by Mackey’s description of the missing woman, Cobb accepts the assignment.

 

And the one true lie that could destroy them both

Bitter Springs, Wyoming, has a new schoolteacher who may or may not be exactly what she seems. Upon making the acquaintance of Miss Tru Morrow, Cobb begins to question the guilt of this golden-haired lady—and the protective feelings she stirs in him. His investigation hinges on understanding where the truth lies. Can he believe in Tru? Or is she just another treacherous woman out to swindle this hardened detective’s heart?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this engrossing novel set in 1889 Wyoming, Goodman (A Place Called Home) delivers a lovable and feisty heroine and an upstanding lawman who find each other in highly unlikely circumstances. Gertrude “Tru” Morrow is bereft and at loose ends after the death of her wealthy employer, Charlotte Mackey, in Chicago. She takes a job as a schoolteacher in the tiny town of Bitter Springs, Wyo., but trouble follows her: Mrs. Mackey’s grandson, Andrew, thinks Tru stole from his grandmother and hires detective Cobb Bridger to find her. In the process of checking her out, Cobb falls hard for Tru, a minister’s daughter with a fondness for fine whiskey. All that remains is to figure out who’s lying to whom. Engaging characters and a well-plotted story will captivate the reader all the way to the satisfying conclusion. Agent: Pam Hopkins, Hopkins Literary Associates. (May)
From the Publisher
Praise for Jo Goodman's True to the Law:
"In this engrossing novel set in 1889 Wyoming, Goodman...delivers a lovable and feisty heroine and an upstanding lawman who find each other in highly unlikely circumstances….Engaging characters and a well-plotted story will captivate the reader all the way to the satisfying conclusion." —Publishers Weekly
Praise for Jo Goodman's previous novel The Last Renegade:
"Fans of western romance will be thrilled with this delightful addition to Goodman's strong list." —Booklist
"Simmering sexual tension, exceptional character development, and slowly revealed secrets make this a book to savor."—Library Journal
"Humor and drama...a complicated, fast-paced, and deliciously believable story of love, sex, and secrets." —Publishers Weekly
“The Last Renegade plays out like the best classic western movies. Tension builds steadily as the pages turn, with author Jo Goodman teasingly offering up tidbits that round out the characters and plot as the story winds towards a good old-fashioned western conclusion. Goodman uses beautifully evocative language to set the scene, and her use of physical descriptors and dialogue paint portraits of the characters right down to “cheeks apple red with windburn and excitement.” The Last Renegade …is exceptional across the board, a sheer delight.” –Reader to Reader
"*sigh* This author remains one of my absolute favorites. She can write the hell out of a book. I read her work and feel like she values my intelligence as a reader." —Fiction Vixen
"Jo Goodman is a master storyteller and one of the reasons I love historical romance so much....The Last Renegade is an outstanding historical western ...Even if American historicals aren’t your cup of tea, Goodman’s writing is brilliant enough to convince you otherwise. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!" —The Romance Dish
Library Journal
Like the rest of the townsfolk, new schoolteacher Gertrude "Tru" Morrow thinks Cobb Bridger is merely a gambling man just passing through windswept Bitter Springs, WY. But Cobb is on a mission—and Tru is his target. Hired to find her by a man who claims she is a thief, Cobb keeps his cards close to his vest as he comes to know and admire Tru and begins to question the real motives of his employer. A wary heroine with feminist sensibilities and secrets of her own; a savvy, admirable hero intent on learning the truth; and an abundance of engaging, beautifully realized secondary characters (young Finn Collins is especially endearing) keep the pages turning and the plot moving in unexpected ways. VERDICT Protagonists who spar animatedly, humor that lightens the story's darker aspects, and well-handled sexual tension combine in a compelling tale that shares a setting with the best-selling, West Virginia-based Goodman's The Last Renegade. Another winner.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425264164
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,322,403
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
Praise for Jo Goodman's True to the Law:
"In this engrossing novel set in 1889 Wyoming, Goodman...delivers a lovable and feisty heroine and an upstanding lawman who find each other in highly unlikely circumstances….Engaging characters and a well-plotted story will captivate the reader all the way to the satisfying conclusion." —Publishers Weekly
Praise for Jo Goodman's previous novel The Last Renegade:
"Fans of western romance will be thrilled with this delightful addition to Goodman's strong list." —Booklist
"Simmering sexual tension, exceptional character development, and slowly revealed secrets make this a book to savor."—Library Journal
"Humor and drama...a complicated, fast-paced, and deliciously believable story of love, sex, and secrets." —Publishers Weekly
The Last Renegade plays out like the best classic western movies. Tension builds steadily as the pages turn, with author Jo Goodman teasingly offering up tidbits that round out the characters and plot as the story winds towards a good old-fashioned western conclusion. Goodman uses beautifully evocative language to set the scene, and her use of physical descriptors and dialogue paint portraits of the characters right down to “cheeks apple red with windburn and excitement.” The Last Renegade …is exceptional across the board, a sheer delight.” –Reader to Reader
"*sigh* This author remains one of my absolute favorites. She can write the hell out of a book. I read her work and feel like she values my intelligence as a reader." —Fiction Vixen
"Jo Goodman is a master storyteller and one of the reasons I love historical romance so much....The Last Renegade is an outstanding historical western ...Even if American historicals aren’t your cup of tea, Goodman’s writing is brilliant enough to convince you otherwise. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!" —The Romance Dish

Meet the Author

Jo Goodman is a licensed professional counselor working with children and families in West Virginia’s northern panhandle. Always a fan of happily ever after, Jo turned to writing romances early in her career as a child care worker when she realized the only life script she could control was the one she wrote herself. She is inspired by the resiliency and courage of the children she meets and feels privileged to be trusted with their stories, the ones that they alone have the right to tell. Once upon a time, Jo believed she was going to be a marine biologist. She feels lucky that seasickness made her change course.

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True to the Law 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BooksandBenches More than 1 year ago
The second addition to the Bitter Springs series by Jo Goodman is just as good as the first. I've grown quite fond of the residents in this small Wyoming town, and Cobb and Tru are two great additions. We meet some old friends and gain a few new ones, none of whom disappoint. Cobb Bridger is a man worth admiring and Richard Mackey is a man worth despising. Tru Morrow has her secrets, but she doesn't allow them to stand in the way of living the life she wants. Read the book summary to get an idea of the story and then read the book. If you love historical western romances, then I highly recommend giving this author's books a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the story was slow moving and boring i am sorry i bought i
Historical-romance-junkie More than 1 year ago
Jo Goodman delivers again.  Great characters and a likeable hero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And this one does not disappoint. The hero is quirky and throughly masculine without being obnoxious. The secondary characters are delightful and the love story is satisfying without being cloying. A good read!