The Outlaw Takes a Bride

The Outlaw Takes a Bride

by Susan Page Davis


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Johnny Paynter flees Denver to escape being hanged for a murder he didn’t commit. At his brother’s ranch in Texas, where he thought he could take refuge, he finds his brother, Mark—dead. Taking advantage of his strong resemblance to his brother, Johnny assumes Mark’s identity. Soon Johnny discovers that Mark had been corresponding with a widow named Sally in St. Louis, and she’s en route to be a mail-order bride to Mark. Seeing no other option, Johnny makes a fateful decision to go through with the wedding, posing as his brother. But Sally has secrets she's hiding, too. How will a marriage survive with so much deception?

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ISBN-13: 9781630582593
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than seventy Christian novels and novellas, which have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. She lives in western Kentucky with her husband. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten. Visit her website at:

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The Outlaw Takes a Bride 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Outlaw Takes a Bride is the first novel I have read by Susan Page Davis. After reading this one, I found myself putting all her books on my wish list. This book is great! I really enjoyed it. So much so that I can could not find myself putting it down and ended up reading it from cover to cover in just a couple of hours. The plot was quite unique with a bit of a twist. It had a touch of mystery and when secrets were revealed I was completely surprised and did not see that coming.  The interaction between Sally and Johnny was so sweet and I love them both. I also found myself laughing at moments in the book. The only complaint I had with this book is it had to end. Such a refreshing read. I highly recommend it. I look forward read more by this author. She really knows how to write and captivate the reader.  5 plus stars
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
Reads like a movie. When I was asked to read and review this book, all it took was seeing the cover. I am one of those readers that is drawn in by book covers. When I read the synopsis, I wanted to read it even more. I truly enjoyed this story, it kept me turning the pages. It is a story of love, trust, hope and new beginnings. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Historical Romances. I am going to pass this book on to someone else, hoping to enrich another reader's life.  I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a positive review.
Andrea_Renee_Cox More than 1 year ago
by Andrea Renee Cox What do you think it would have been like to be a mail-order bride? Susan Page Davis gave us her take on that in the entertaining novel The Outlaw Takes a Bride. This book was such a delight. The tension and surprises were written with excellent timing. I especially enjoyed the play between the two lead characters. The awkwardness that came from the situations they were in was so sweet. I look forward to reading more historical books by Susan Davis. She sure knows how to spin a yarn! In The Outlaw Takes a Bride, Johnny Paynter goes on the run when his foreman turns up dead and it’s suspected that Johnny committed the crime… even though he’s innocent. Upon arriving at his brother’s ranch in Texas, he finds his brother has been killed. When he discovers a mail-order bride is on the way to marry his brother, Johnny assumes his brother’s identity and takes his bride. But what happens when the truth comes out? How will Johnny and the ranch survive a drought, a posse of outlaws, and a betrayal by someone he thought trustworthy? Will he and his bride find a way to trust God to smooth out the rocky road they’ve found themselves on? I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
I have read other books by Susan Page Davis, and have always really enjoyed them!  This one is no exception!  The Outlaw Takes a Bride takes you on an adventure back in time.  Sally hasn’t had an easy life ever since moving away from her parents.  She finds herself stuck in a place where she isn’t treated right, but can’t make enough money to get away.  Answering a mail-order bride ad seems like the perfect idea.  After getting to know Mark, she knows he is the one for her.  Finally the day comes for her to leave for Texas and start a new life.   Johnny has always been an honest guy, and would never do anything to hurt anyone.  When he is accused of murder he has no choice but to flee when his friend Cam tells him the boys are thinking about hanging him with out knowing the truth.  Johnny decides that visiting his brother Mark for a while is a good idea, and hopes that while he is gone the sheriff will find out who was the real killer.  When they finally arrive at Marks ranch something isn’t right.  When Johnny thinks things can’t get any worse he finds out his brother is dead.  Cam puts ideas in Johnny’s head and before long everyone thinks Johnny is Mark.  When they find out a mail-order bride is on the way the adventure really begins.   I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance with a little suspense thrown in.  Page Davis did an awesome job at keeping me entertained, and made it hard for me to put the book down.  You will enjoy getting to know Johnny and Sally and rooting for them to fall in love.  I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Shiloh Run Press in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.
KelseyP More than 1 year ago
Widow Sally Golding is in a predicament. She is currently taking shelter with her pastor and his wife in St. Louis, saving money until she can afford a train ticket back home to Texas. Her plans change when she answers a mail-order bride ad and her new beau sends her the train fair. Johnny Paynter is fleeing a murder charge in Colorado and seeking shelter at his brother’s ranch in Texas. Upon arrival, Johnny finds his brother shot dead on the floor and inadvertently assumes his identity. When Sally gets off the train in Texas, she believes the man picking her up at the station is her beloved Mark Paynter and is ready and willing to get hitched on the spot. Johnny fails to correct her and they are wed under false pretenses.  Now Johnny is wracked with guilt for his deceptions and does not want to have a real marriage with Sally until the truth is known. Sally fears her new husband finds her lacking and that is why he is distant. It is only through God’s love and their faith in Him that will bring them through this hiccup in their relationship and allow them to discover and nourish the growing love between them. Although it begins predictably, the end will have you turning pages as fast as you can. It is well worth the read. Readers of Mary Connealy will enjoy this author. 
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
Can an outlaw find love and happiness when his life is nothing but a lie? Springtime in Colorado, 1885. Johnny Paynter is accused of a murder and flees towards his brother’s ranch in Texas. Although when he arrives, he finds his brother Mark dead! Folk in town think that Johnny is Mark, and Johnny doesn’t correct them. He begins to start a new life as Mark and things go rather well. Until he finds out that Mark has a mail order bride on her way to Texas. Deciding that there is nothing else to do, he takes Sally as his wife and continues life as Mark Paynter. With a relationship founded on lies, how can it survive? The foundation of any relationship should be founded on truth and honesty. If it isn’t, there is much turmoil working through the mess. But there is always hope, the Lord can heal the hurt and His mercies are new every day. We can always begin again. I have enjoyed both books that I have read by Susan Page Davis now. The Outlaw Takes a Bride is a western romance, with really good Christian principles. She reminds us that we should strive to live an honest life, but even when we mess things up, the Lord is there to forgive and restore what has been broken. This book is action packed with bandits, touching and romantic, and an overall good read! I received a free digital copy of The Outlaw Takes a Bride from Barbour Publishing, Inc. through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.