Eleven years ago, my mother was murdered, and still, her killer lives in plain sight. In Sagebrush Canyon, thirst rules, ignorance is power, and nothing is as it seems. It's been two centuries since the boom of the Industrial Revolution sent the Victorian world into a devastating climatic shift. Now, chivalry is dead and the frills and frivolities of the romantic era are no more than a fading memory. Jo has kept to the safety of her family's farm, desperate to forget the horrific day that took her mother and left Jo battered and broken. But the marshal of Sagebrush is everywhere--he controls everything--and for years Jo has had to stomach the false pleasantries and knowing glint in the eyes of the man who killed her mother. When Jo discovers how deep the marshal's seedy dealings run she decides that fear will no longer keep her silent. But just when Jo plans to expose him for what he really is, the marshal plays a card of his own-his notoriously scandalous son, Clayton. As Jo and Clayton are thrust together, lines become blurred, truths are revealed, and Jo must decide what she is willing to sacrifice in exchange for retribution. Dust and Shadow is a post-apocalyptic love story and Victorian adventure set in a devastated and forgotten world of the American wild west.
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Dust and Shadow is the first book in the brand new series, Forgotten Lands, by Lindsey Pogue. I want to admit, firstly, that this book is a bit outside of my normal zone. It is classified as a post-apocalyptic alternate history set in the wild west. I would also classify this first book as young adult. I don’t read much historical romance but I am a huge fan of Lindsey’s writing so I decided to go for it. Wow! I am so glad that I did! This book was amazing. I would recommend it to just about everyone. This world is so well thought out, so well written. I felt like I was there. There is romance but more than that, the suspense was nerve racking. I literally could not put this book down. Since it’s a pretty lengthy book, needless to say, I was useless around the house until I finished it. It’s been about two hundred years since the shift. The damage from the industrial revolution did something to the atmosphere to cause everything to shift. Sagebrush Canyon is a small town which is currently suffering from a severe drought which forces them to ration their water. At the same time, they experience frequent horrendous sand storms. Every dwelling is forced to have metal shutters that close when a storm is approaching. If a human or an animal is caught in such a storm, they would most likely perish. The towns people live as an old western town would, with no electricity, horses and carriages as their only transportation, and their clothing is as it was in the old west. The town is run by one man, Marshal Cunningham. The Marshal claims that everything he does is for the protection and betterment of his town. But underneath his false smile lies an evil man, a man who has done things that have blackened his soul. A man that lies, keep secrets, and manipulates lives. Josephine Mason lives outside of town on her family’s farm with her father and sister. Jo doesn’t venture into town much, preferring to stay on the farm. I loved how close this family is. Jo and her sister, Scarlet, are more like best friends. Jo and Scarlet lost their mother nearly twelve years ago at the hands of the Marshal. And Jo suffered at his hands as well. She can barely stand to be anywhere near him, knowing what was behind that smirk he wears. “The price we pay to survive is high, and this is our price.” The Mason’s are very important to the survival of this town. Their farm produces most of the meat and produce that supports the towns people. The Marshal’s men also work at the farm which enables them to keep tabs on them and feed the information back to the Marshal. The Marshal isn’t done with Jo. He has plans for her which include his only son, Clayton. Clayton Cunningham is about a year older than Jo. The Marshal plans for his only male heir to take over in his place when he’s gone as Marshal. Clayton, though, chooses to turn a blind eye to the goings on of his father and the deputies. Instead spending time in the town saloon with the women who sell themselves for money. But when his father reveals his big surprise, his plans for Clayton and Jo, he is forced to finally sober up and open his eyes. As Jo and Clayton spend time together, try as she does, she can’t quite force herself to hate Clayton as she does his father. But as they both continue to uncover more secrets, lies and deceit, would it ever be possible for Jo to look at Clayton and not see his father and all that he has done? This book was amazing.