Twin Rivers

Twin Rivers

by John D. Nesbitt
     
 

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Clay Westbrook, a cowhand on a Wyoming ranch in the 1890s, runs into trouble when he sticks up for a Mexican sheepherder. Tony Campos is being bullied by a rancher named Sutton, who tells Clay he has just bought himself a good bunch of trouble. Clay maintains his friendship with the Mexicans, much to the dislike of Sutton and others, and he develops a romantic

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Clay Westbrook, a cowhand on a Wyoming ranch in the 1890s, runs into trouble when he sticks up for a Mexican sheepherder. Tony Campos is being bullied by a rancher named Sutton, who tells Clay he has just bought himself a good bunch of trouble. Clay maintains his friendship with the Mexicans, much to the dislike of Sutton and others, and he develops a romantic interest in Tony’s niece, Guadalupe.

Before long, Clay finds himself without a job and is harassed by Sutton and his men, who burn down his homesteader’s shack and sabotage his outfitting camp. Clay then discovers that Sutton has designs on Clay’s homestead and plans to cut a ditch project across the land.

Is it up to Clay to thwart the plan and stop the retribution at the same time that he pursues his courtship of the lovely Guadalupe?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a western driven more by character than by plot, Nesbitt (One-Eyed Cowboy Wild) takes a look at the modernizing West, where land claims and the encounter between Hispanic and Anglo cultures often turn violent. Stalwart cowpoke Clay Westbrook is looking forward to retirement. He's staked a claim on a few acres in the Wyoming Territory, where he plans to start his own spread. But a wrench is thrown into his idyllic plan when he runs afoul of powerful local land baron Theodore Sutton and his hired thug, Alex Thode, while they're roughing up Tony Campos, an immigrant Mexican shepherd. Unable to stand idly by and watch the unfair fight, Clay intervenes. The run-in sets in motion a complex plot involving an irrigation scheme, a land grab, fraud and corruption. Along the way, Clay falls for and woos Tony's beautiful young niece, Lupita. Nesbitt demonstrates himself a skilled wrangler of detail and character, and, although much of the plot doesn't rise above the level of a formulaic oater, Clay is more than affable and solid enough to retain a partner's loyalty and a reader's attention. (Jan.)
Wes Lukowsky
Clay Westbrooke is a young cowpoke with an itch to settle down in Greenfield, Wyoming. He's already staked his claim and intends to work it on the side while he draws regular wages from the Cross Pole Ranch. Then he runs afoul of local land baron Theodore Sutton and is fired after interceding on behalf of Mexican resident Tony Campos. But his act also earns Clay an invitation to Campos' home for dinner, where he meets Tony's niece, Lupita. The relationship develops slowly and decorously until Sutton burns down Clay's cabin and challenges his legal right to the claim. Clay must decide whether to respond violently and risk losing Lupita. This works on three levels: as a tension-filled western, as a very sweet love story, and as a microcosm of the West in transition from big spreads to small ranches. Another excellent work from the author of the acclaimed "One-Eyed Cowboy Wild" (1995).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940033242436
Publisher:
Western Trail Blazer
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,061,395
File size:
1 MB

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