When her father is killed in 1873, supposedly by Sioux warriors, twenty-two year old Alexia Rourke inherits the family's Wyoming ranch. Her embittered cousin, Jason wants to sell all the cattle and take the money and run. After a tense confrontation, Alexia fires Jason, making him leave the ranch.
After being chased and almost killed by Sioux Indians, Alexia decides there has to be a better way to retrieve her cattle, which keep wandering across the North Platte River onto the Sioux reservation. Although it is technically illegal for whites to go on the reservation, Alexia feels like she has no choice. If she can't retrieve all her cattle off of Sioux land, she won't have enough to sell in Cheyenne after the fall roundup and then she'll have to accept a loan from Derwood Ashburton, a local banker who, despite being married with three children, will do almost anything, including attempted rape, to make Alexia his latest conquest.
A visit to Fort Laramie dashes her hopes, not only for help against the Indians, but also in her quest to attract the romantic attention of Lieutenant Michael Prentiss, the fort's new adjutant.
A wild scheme to meet with Chief Mato and get his permission to gather her cattle, a last ditch run around Lieutenant Prentiss' floozy fiancé, and a showdown with a group of rustlers test Alexia's wiles.
Will Alexia maintain control,
or will she lose everything?
|Publisher:||New Friends Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)|
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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite In Against the Wild Green Range by Paul F. Murray, 22-year-old Alexia Rourke inherited the family ranch after her father's passing and she was determined to keep it running. However, a lot was not going well and the strain of keeping it all together was starting to take a toll on her. Between the troubles caused by a treacherous relative bent on seeing her fail, endless deadly confrontations with the Indians onto whose hunting land her cattle kept wandering, a married man who wouldn't take no for an answer, and hard financial times, she was facing battles from every corner. With no one to turn to for help, the battles were exhausting, especially when a mysterious new enemy started attacking her ranch. The situation was not helped by the fact that her personal life was also a mess, for she was madly in love with a man who barely acknowledged her existence. However, with her loyal ranch hands by her side, Alexia was determined to defend and preserve her ranch and get her heart's desire against all odds. Straight from the first page, the story dives into the thick of it, drawing the reader in right away and this pace keeps the thrill strong through the entire book. The excellent descriptions of the settings and the different characters brought the story to life perfectly, and even without mentioning years one could easily tell the place and time the story was set. I especially loved that the main character of the story felt genuinely human; she is portrayed as beautiful, headstrong and confident, but also with the weaknesses, flaws and wickedness expected of someone her age. Paul F. Murray delivered one hell of a captivating story in Against the Wild Green Range and fans of western fiction with a touch of romance will have an absolute thrill reading it.