The Vigilante's Bride

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Montana Territory, 1884

Is Her Kidnapper the Only Man Who Can Keep Her Safe?

Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and abducting a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expected to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from his pa, but instead ended up rescuing a feisty copper-haired woman who was on her way to marry Sullivan's dangerous enemy.

Emily McCarthy doesn't take kindly to her ...

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Overview

Montana Territory, 1884

Is Her Kidnapper the Only Man Who Can Keep Her Safe?

Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and abducting a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expected to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from his pa, but instead ended up rescuing a feisty copper-haired woman who was on her way to marry Sullivan's dangerous enemy.

Emily McCarthy doesn't take kindly to her so-called rescue. Still, she's hoping Providence will turn her situation for good, especially when it seems Luke Sullivan may just be the man of her dreams. But Luke has crossed a vicious man, a powerful rancher not used to losing, and Emily is the prize he's unwilling to sacrifice.

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Years ago, rancher Bart Axel cheated Luke's father out of his money, and now Luke wants it back. Imagine his surprise when he robs a stagecoach and finds Emily McCarthy, a young orphan from Chicago and Bart's mail-order bride. After abducting her, Luke soon grows fond of his feisty captive, too fond to let her marry a scoundrel like Bart. Lucy is falling in love, too. What will they do about Bart, a man who does not like to lose? VERDICT This well-written Western romance will be appreciated by fans of Lori Wick and Tracie Peterson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764208041
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,070,910
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvonne Harris earned a BS in Education from the University of Hartford and has taught throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic. Unofficially retired from teaching, she teaches writing at Burlington County College in southern New Jersey, where she resides. She is a three-time finalist for the Golden Heart, once for The Vigilante's Bride, which is her debut novel.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    The Vigilante's Bride--Almost Too Exciting For Words!

    Yvonne Harris in her new book, "The Vigilante's Bride" published by Bethany House Publishers gives us a Western thriller that, if Alfred Hitchcock were alive today, he would want to direct it.

    This is a Western and I really like Westerns, filled with cowboys, Indians, gunfights, cattle drives and greedy, land swindlers. This is a thriller, the good guys are in deadly danger practically from page one and the danger escalates as the story progresses. This is a romance. This is a story filled with great characters that you do not mind spending your time with and wonderful writing. This is a really great read!

    Montana. 1884 and Luke Sullivan is going home. For very valid reasons he decides to rob the stagecoach and finds Emily McCarthy, a young woman mail-order bride to his arch enemy. Not wanting to subject her to that he abducts her taking her to the orphanage where he lives and works. Now the man wants his paid for bride but that is not going to happen because Luke and Emily fall in love. These two and the rest of the good guys must deal with cattle rustlers, Crow Indians, orphan children, an assassin and stolen land.

    Here is a shocker, sometimes I make poor choices and, originally, I was not going to read this book. However, I was given a second chance and I am so grateful for it. I would spoil it if I really got a chance to tell you just how exciting this book is! Not only is this book everything I have already said but the themes are so grand. Ms. Harris explores whether God can make something good out of our disasters and bad choices. When the bad guys are powerful and it seems the law cannot touch them can God deal with them? Are we too small for God to care for and minister to our wounds and traumas? These themes and more are dealt with as Ms. Harris gives us a truly great ride of a book. I told my wife I have not enjoyed a book like this so much in a long time. I am now a big fan of Yvonne Harris and am impatiently waiting for the next book. It is well worth your time to read this book; you will be glad you did

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

    The Vigilant Vigilante

    The year is 1884. The nation is in the midst of a severe depression, jobs are scarce and young Emily McCarthy is being forced to leave Aldersgate Home for Girls, the only home she has ever known. The wealthy widower, Bartholomew Axel, has advertised for a wife in the Chicago Daily Tribune and the board of directors of Aldersgate has accepted his offer on Emily's behalf. Young Emily, at the age of 18 and with no other prospects in sight, reluctantly agrees to accept the marriage proposal and sets off for the Montana Territory.

    Meanwhile, Luke Sullivan, a handsome young cowboy, who has a personal score to settle with the rich land-owner, Bart Axel, decides to intercept a shipment headed for Axel, unaware that the shipment includes the beautiful Emily, en route to her wedding. Thus the stage is set for an exciting, sometimes humorous, ofttimes dangerous adventure which includes all the elements of a good Western - cattle rustling, Indian battles, and gunfights. Although events that occurred in his childhood had convinced Luke that God doesn't listen or even hear his prayers, throughout the pages of this book Luke learns how wrong he was as the writer skillfully brings him to a place of spiritual renewal and a new life.

    The Vigilante's Bride is not the kind of book that is normally found on my reading table. I tend to gravitate more toward contemporary fiction and usually avoid books that take place before 1950. However, when I first heard about this book, I was intrigued by the sound of it and decided to give it a try. I was not sorry. Yvonne Harris has written a truly engaging account that seems more like fact than fiction. She quickly transports us to a time in our history when the difference between life and death was often measured by who had the fastest reflexes. The book is historically accurate and the landscape descriptions are so spectacular that it is easy to form a vivid picture of the era. The characters are not just some two dimensional figures, but are realistic and very true-to-life in their dialogue and actions. The plot is well developed and the pace does not lag but continually builds to the very satisfying finale. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Vigilante's Bride and look forward to more books in this genre by Yvonne Harris.

    A copy of this book for review purposes was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers. I received no compensation for this review nor was I under any obligation to provide a favorable review. All comments are the true and unsolicited observations of this writer.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

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    This is an entertaining inspirational Americana romance

    In late December 1884 at the Aldersgate Home for Girls, director Elvira Beecham informs outraged orphan Emily McCarthy she will marry Montana rancher Bartholomew Axel on Christmas Day; he had advertised for a bride in the Tribune. In Montana, Luke Sullivan learns from a cattle rustler about to be hung that his father was cheated by Bart Axel out of his ranch and mulls over what to do about it though two decades have passed and his enemy is wealthy and influential.

    When Luke learns from Bart's frightened banker Phineas Martin that a delivery by coach to Axel is occurring, he decides to steal back his money. Instead he abducts Bart's fiancée who is on the coach and admits she has never even seen a picture of her intended. Though not sure whether he rescued her or not fiery Emily is attracted to her kidnapper and him to her. He knows how powerful Bart is, but not how obsessed he is to claim his bride as the abduction is an insult. While he depends on a gun, she believes God will turn what seems ugly into something beautiful especially after the Crow minding their business become involved in a White man's dispute with the treasure being Emily.

    This is an entertaining inspirational Americana romance starring a likable firebrand city slicker and the rancher who kidnaps her. While the villain is too proof odious with no redeeming quality, fans will root for The Vigilante's Bride as she turns to God for spiritual support, and to herself and her beloved for earthy daring do while trying to get her man who feels like a late nineteenth century Big Sky Job.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Great Reading

    Wonderful story and great reading. Kept me wanting more and more. Great book, Highly reccomended

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

    "Vigilante" is a good Western yarn

    In "Vigilante's Bride," Yvonne Harris blithely transports you back to a period in American history when the new nation is spilling westward with the clumsy enthusiasm of a toddler taking her first wobbly steps. It was a time, as Harris adeptly depicts, when life was tenuous, when justice was often adjudicated by the quickest draw, and when women were ladies and men - even vigilantes - were gentlemen. It's obvious that Harris had done her homework on the machinations and politics of herding and driving cattle. The narrative is tightly spun and suspenseful, each turned page leaving you to wonder how the plot's tension and conflicts will be resolved by story's end. Overall, "Vigilante's Bride" is a fun, breezy read with a clever ending.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Action, romance and humor.

    a cute little western. a good read

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    This was a fairly predictable, yet enjoyable book. It kept my i

    This was a fairly predictable, yet enjoyable book. It kept my interest till the end and I was able to read it quickly. I enjoyed the romance between the two main characters and there were some fairly tense and dangerous situations that they experienced.

    Luke and Emily's relationship was fun to watch develop. They were both rather strong personality types and had some clashing going on throughout a portion of the story. I will say that the ending felt a little abrupt to me, however, it was a satisfactory ending.

    If you are a fan of western romances with some danger thrown in, this might be a book you would enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    Fabulous!

    Great story & entertaining to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    A Good Who Done it, as well as, a reminder of hardships we all can imagine.

    The story line is good and easy to follow. The characters will draw smiles and make you think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    What took me so long to read this book? Just picked up this Noo

    What took me so long to read this book? Just picked up this Nook Book to read, even though I have had it over a year. I am totalling enjoying going back to the 1800's. Such a sweet, endearing, funny romp into the land of the Cowboys. There is nothing better then an action-packed, gun-toting, cattle punching/rustling, lynching & romancing western. Many thanks to the author for a terrific read. If you want to laugh out loud and duck the chair in the saloon, as if you were in the midst of the bar fight...Read this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Enjoyed reading

    I enjoyed reading this book, i do hope to see a follow up as there is more story to tell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Great read highly recomd

    True western historical novel. I loved the whole action packed book. Faith was a big part. Just a refreshing novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Awesome

    Loved this book so exciting,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2011

    Would not read again

    I was excited when this book first came out and the first few chapters seemed promising but after roughly fifty pages that excitement began to wane. The dialogue between characters seemed corny at times and awkward. The transition between scenes or different character's point of view felt forced and choppy, not as natural as the author probably would have liked. The romance was also undeveloped with the leads seeming to jump into having feelings for one another without the reader being shown how those came about. We never got to see how Emily adjusted to life in the country at New Hope after living in Chicago all her life...not to mention we never really got to see the relationship between Luke and Emily develop before he kissed her for the first time. It seemed that the author was more telling the reader that they fell in love rather than showing the chemistry and the events that led up to them realizing they loved one another. All in all this was an okay book, not one that I would truly recommend or re-read.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Recommend it

    Enjoyed the story line and the characters. Highly recommend it.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Great story

    I loved this book and would recommend it. I wish there would be a sequel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    recommend, light reading.

    This was a very heartwarming tale. I had never read anything from this author before and look forward to reading more of her work.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    An Interesting Read

    The Vigilante's Bride is a great historical read with a moving love story mixed right in. The character's are great and the story is very moving. Both Emily and Luke are orphans with a lot of issues to work through. Luke is running from his past and Emily is running from what others deemed to be her future. Set in the backdrop of 1884 Montana Territory the twists and turns lead to one road - -love.
    Luke faces the ghosts of his past and the need to exact revenge and a love bigger than he thinks he can handle. He doesn't feel worthy of the feisty redhead he stole right out from under the nose of the man who irrevocably changed his life. Together with a great set of supporting characters Emily and Luke find themselves drawn to one another and find a way to mend the past and find God.

    GREAT READ!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Worth the read

    A funny love story. Nice and clean people! Read, its a good way to spend the day.

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