The Gate to Eden

The Gate to Eden

by Cathy McDavid

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BN ID: 2940045365543
Publisher: Cathy McDavid
Publication date: 10/23/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,085,837
File size: 434 KB

About the Author

NYT and USA Today bestselling author Cathy McDavid had no idea when she opened that first Walter Farley book in third grade it would be a defining moment in her life. After devouring every Black Stallion and Island Stallion book written at the time, she decided she wanted her own horse (what eight-year-old girl doesn’t?). That dream was realized a few excruciatingly long years later, and Cathy went on to have horses and ride most of her life. bio pic Like a lot of authors, she started writing in high school (epic teenaged angst) and continued writing in college (first romance novel in between angst-filled poetry). Giving it up for a business career, she returned to writing in 1995. Like getting that first horse, it took a few excruciatingly long years to see her first book in print. Then, there was no stopping her (she learned to refine her proclivity for angst and turn it into romantic conflict). Cathy has been writing contemporary westerns/ranch stories for Harlequin American since 2006 and loving it. Every day she gets to write about hunky cowboy heroes and spunky heroines who travel the rocky road to happily-ever-after. Cathy officially retired from the corporate world at the end of 2014. She now writes full-time from the Arizona home she shares with her sweetheart Mike and what she affectionately refers to as “the animal kingdom”, a trio of pets ruled by her 20-year-old cat. Her grown twins out and on their own, making their way in the world and, hopefully, finding their own happily-ever-after.

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The Gate to Eden 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the story to be entertaining. It told the story of 300 women and children, the widows/families of men who was killed in a mining accident and how the women managed to survive. Out of all the widows, only 1 became a prostitute and she drank to deal with it and the deaths of her husband (mininig accident) and her child (scarlet fever). The women robbed because their children (and them) were hungry. Yes, Maddie and Scott did have love scenes -not be suitable for under 18 - but it was not graphic nor prono. 263 pgs on my nook. *vrnb*
amybooksy 3 months ago
The Gate of Eden is my first introduction to Cathy McDavid’s writing. After reading this one, it will not be the last. I was given the chance to listen to the audio book version of this story and I enjoyed it so much that I listened to the whole book in one day. The Gate of Eden tells the story of Maddie Campbell, a scamming, single, widowed mother, who does whatever it takes to take care of herself and others in need – anything. That is, until a lawman, Scott, comes to town investigating crimes happening in her town. I thought Maddie and Scott had great chemistry right from the start. It was delightful how different they were and being on the opposite sides of the law. I give The Gate of Eden a well deserved five stars. I recommend to readers who enjoy fun and romantic historical fiction. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
beckymmoe 3 months ago
I loved the premise of this book--a group of down-on-their-luck widows who have turned to a life of crime in order to survive, and the lawman-turned-PI who always gets his man who's hired to stop them. Of course the leader of the robbery gang is going to fall for the PI, and vice versa! What could possibly go wrong? ;) Ms. McDavid, a new-to-me author, did a great job of ratcheting up the tension and conflict in this story. Maddie and Scott are both very sympathetic characters, and though they have some solid chemistry, it's hard to imagine for much of the book that they could really end up together in the end. Though of course I knew what I wanted to happen (and what should happen, in a just world, because the women of Eden weren't destitute because of anything that was within their control!) there were honestly times that I wasn't sure that things could convincingly lead to an HEA for Maddie and Scott. Fortunately Ms. McDavid succeeded, giving us an ending that put a smile on my face. I enjoyed the narrator--he had a great voice that really helped to transport the reader to the old west setting. Unlike some male narrators, his female voices weren't at all grating, which was refreshing. I'd definitely listen to another book narrated by him in the future. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily listened to an audio copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
reneebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a nice surprise. I have never heard of McDavid but Kristie recommended it and I since I like Am. Historicals I had to try it. I sometimes have problems with heroine thief characters but Maddie's actions were forgivable and understandable. The plot was fast paced, believable and the characters were well drawn with a very good hero. I wouldn't mind trying another by this author. (Grade: B)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a five star rating! I could not stop reading once I opened to the first page.One of the most heart rendering stories that l,ve read in a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet love story blended into a frightening tale of abuse and greed, murder and armed robbery. McDavid has woven her tale so well that I could taste the cinders and trail dust.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable, but free
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should be labelled as such .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story! Maddie works very hard to put food on the proverbial table for her daughter by robbing the mine owners & Scott is hired to catch the robbers. Of course they fall in love! Other than 2 explicit sex scenes, this was a great romance. Jophesine's hearing problem added a wonderful dimension to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly good book, I enjoyed the strong female character. The male leed was ok.
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SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the characters and a different story line in this Historical Western... Must be a book 2 and I will look for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book...interesting plot....could have used better editing.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1886, the women of Edenville, Arizona Territory are devastated when a mine explosion kills all their men. Blaming the owners for unsafe conditions that led to the deaths of loved ones, the females led by Maddie Campbell decide to insure a modicum of justice occurs as the mining company got off without a look back at widows and children. Maddie and her merry women begin robbing the mine owners. --- The owners hire former US Marshall Scott McSween to catch the criminals. Maddie realizing that an ex lawman is after her and her band decides the best way to fool Scott is to seduce him before dumping him so that he assumes with his male-brain that she is all woman and could not be an outlaw. However, though she likes his kisses and his looks, Maddie only reconsiders her ruse when she observes how kind Scott is with her daughter. --- THE GATE TO EDEN is a super western romance whose timing is sadly appropriate with recent mining disasters depressed further by excuses and alibis especially by the regulatory agencies. Fans will appreciate the women who seek justice while the mine owners have the law on their side in spite of negligence and dangerous working conditions. The action-packed story line grips the audience who will wonder what Scott will do once he learns the truth. --- Harriet Klausner