The Vigilante's Bride

The Vigilante's Bride

by Yvonne Harris

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ISBN-13: 9781441212160
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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Pages: 304
Sales rank: 628,196
File size: 1 MB

About 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.
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.Visit her website at www.ylharris.com

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Vigilante's Bride 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 225 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
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 To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org 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."
HisChild More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
OzarkPeaPod More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story and great reading. Kept me wanting more and more. Great book, Highly reccomended
Chandra-of-Red on LibraryThing 5 months ago
AUTHOR: Yvonne is a HISTORICAL FICTION author.SETTING: 19th century WesternCENTRAL FEMALE CHARACTER: Raised in an orphanage in a major eastern city, she is now considered to have reached the age of maturity. Finding a well to do man out West that has placed and ad in a newspaper for a wife, the Orphanage Board puts her on a train. MALE MAIN CHARACTER: He quits his job on a major ranch and heads back home to help out on the orphanage ranch where he grew up. Out of vengeance, he kidnaps a mail order bride.This is a Western fiction where romance is a "by product" of the bookFAVORITE PART: Native Americans and Cowboys switching clothes. Small amount of book humor is always a good thing. LEAST FAVORITE PART: Lack of respect for Native Americans which are historical facts and not the author's fault for writing the injustices into the book. In writing any Western, the plight of Native Americans cannot go without mentioning.**I thought I would be reading a Western romance and not a Western fiction. I find that there is a difference and my preference is romance with a western background.** YOU WILL LIKE THIS BOOK IF YOU LIKE: 19th century, Western, Inspirational fiction
polarmath on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to read in one sitting and was interesting to see what the outcome was going to be. I have read several books by Yvonne Harris and would recommend this book just as heartily as any of her other books.
PhDinHorribleness on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is an excellent piece of historical fiction that is both romance and "old west" tale.Eighteen-year-old Emily McCarthy needs to leave the orphanage where she has lived her entire life and now serves as a teacher because her room is needed to house new students. With no jobs available in Chicago, she reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal advertised in the newspaper from a wealthy rancher in Montana. On her way from the train station to her future husband's ranch, the stagecoach is robbed and she is abducted.Luke Sullivan never expected to be robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve, but he just wanted to reclaim the money that had been stolen from his Pa. When he learns that Emily is on her way to marry his enemy, a very dangerous man, he feels he must rescue her from this fate. She doesn't take kindly to her supposed rescue, but trusts in God to do good with her situation. Little does she know that Luke Sullivan may be the man of her dreams.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is as much a tale of life in the old west as it is a romance. True love develops slowly amid a backdrop of cattle rustling, revenge, and scuffles with Native Americans. It seems that the wealthy rancher will stop at nothing to see Luke dead and reclaim his "prize" - Emily. He is a cruel and violent man, but he is also very intelligent and at times it seems that he will always be one step ahead of Luke. I found myself unable to put it down at times, because the action was so riveting that I needed to keep reading to assure myself that Luke would get the upper hand.A must read for anyone who enjoys Westerns!
sheriefx on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I enjoyed this book very much. The story is well written with action, adventure and romance. You get everything from cattle drives to shootouts to a budding romance. Emily and Luke can't stand each other at first (I wonder why... he kidnapped her afterall) and their interactions are often times humerous. Even though she's a "city girl" Emily is tough as nails and fits right in out west, which surprised me at first since she was raised in the city of Chicago. Emily and Luke go through quite a few trials which in the end draws them together. This story progresses nicely and there are never any dull moments. I couldn't put this one down and finished it in a day. Highly recommended if you like western romance. I am looking forward to more by this author int he future!
Semaj666 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Vigilante¿s BrideYvonne Harris has written well with this novel and I hope we see more of her work. This novel is a quick read, as westerns should be, covering the bases of strong cowboys, capable and independent women, Indians, range wars and the local flavor of Montana. I thought the author did a nice job of using an orphanage as a backdrop to the story and the fate that sometimes awaited mail order brides. The basic values that were evident in the ¿wild¿ west are played out as core values of the main characters and done in a tasteful, believable way. Western writers of the past have at times over played the gunfights and Indian wars, but Harris has included them in this novel in realistic proportions.Westerns are written in a predictable way, but don¿t assume you have all the twists and turns figured out with this story. Enjoy.
HisChild on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
TammyPhillips on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Vigilante's Bride is a fast-paced historical western with a little faith and romance thrown in. Although it kept my interest, I am discovering that I am not a particular fan of westerns. Much of the story involved cowboys and indians, frontier cattle drives, and roping and shooting. My favorite parts of the story had to do with the budding romance, yet some of the anticipation was spoiled since the title of the book gives away the ending. Overall, I am happy to have experienced Yvonne Harris' debut into historical romance.
rjmoren on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Emily is kidnapped from the stagecoach bearing her off to her future husband. He has a Christmas day wedding in mind for his mail-order bride. An orphan and eighteen, she can no longer stay at the orphanage, so she agrees to the crazy idea of marrying a stranger. Luke has hung men for cattle rustling for the past few years but after his last hanging, he can no longer stomach being a vigilante. He learns of the stagecoach headed to his arch enemy with precious cargo. Believing it to be only money, he takes what was stolen from his father many years ago, but then realizes a young girl is also on board and is headed into a marriage with an older man she does not know. Luke decides at the last minute to take her as well. From then on, the adventures begin. I read this book in about four sittings over the weekend. Very fast-paced with touches of humor. It is Christian fiction but if you are not into that genre, it is not overpowering in it's spiritual message. If you enjoy the old West, cowboys and indians, you will like this book.
calliebell on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I loved this book. It was very entertaining, I hated tohave to put it down as it seems a new calamity was befalling Luke at every turn. I felt like I was watching westerns on TV with my Dad again. The historical details were interesting and the characters were believable
tjward on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book was an uplifting light read. The plot was believable and the characters were easily liked or disliked depending on the character. Emily and Luke were fun to read about. I enjoyed their light sparring as it seemed understandable in both their situations.
mwortinger on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The Vigilante's Bride was one of those books for me that was hard to put down. It grabbed my interest from the first page. The story was mostly believable as were the characters. It wasn't all romance for Luke and Emily from the very beginning but it grew gradually throughout the story. I guess you would consider this a romance, historical christian fiction book. I will definetely look for more of Yvonne Harris' books.
kittycrochettwo on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book takes place Dec 1884 in Chicago Ill. we are introduced to Emily McCarthy, an 18 yr old girl who has lived in the Aldersgate Home for Girls most of her life, she had been working as a teacher but was suddenly informed by the director that she has been promised to Bartholomew Axel as his new bride. He had advertised in the paper and an arrangement had been made between him and the school that Emily would travel to Repton Montana to become his wife. Emily can't imagine doing such a thing but she really has no other options. Within miles of reaching her destination the stagecoach is robbed, well sort of, the robber only took a small amount of the money on board, and he also takes Emily.Our first glimpse of Luke Sullivan is of him being part of a vigilante gang that is hanging a man for stealing, the man about to be hanged gives Luke a peace of information that confirms that Mr. Axel had cheated his father out of the family farm and in Luke's mind ultimately cost him his family, so he decides to quit his job and head back home, his home was an orphanage as well called New Hope, and upon overhearing that Mr. Axel's fiance along with his money will be traveling by stagecoach, he decides to extract a little revenge.When he kidnaps Emily and takes her to New Hope with him, she isn't sure whether she should be afraid of him or thank him.This was a perfectly written historical cowboy fiction. It had a bit of everything Indians and cowboys, a rotten bad guy,cows and cattle rustlers, horses, and alot of action. I really enjoyed how we could read the story from both perspectives, Luke's as well as Emily's. The friction between them early on made for some funny moments. The underlying christian theme was very refreshing, it wasn't overdone but it was there. A very fast paced book that is not your typical inspirational read, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an entertaining read with a splash of humor thrown in. 5/5I was provided a copy of this book by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
MissYvonnee on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A well written book that has a lot to offer the reader. Set in the late 1800's of the west, The Vigilante's Bride offered a fast paced story filled with historical fiction of the west, romance with a touch of humor, Christianity without being "preachy" and characters that draw you into their lives.
rphalliburton on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Emily was an orphan brought up in a Home for Girls. When she was 18 years old the Matron told her she would have to leave and that she had accepted for Emily a proposal of mariage from a newspaper ad. The man lived in Montana. Against her will she went West. When she arrived she discovered the man was old and a crook. She was taken from the stagecoach by a "vigilante". Quite a number of bad experiences happened to Emily but being saved by the vigilante made her realize he wasn't bad. He just wanted to recover the land (or money) the would-be groom had taken from his father. Read to see how it all turned out - it is entertaining.
love2readnovels on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Emily McCarthy has lived in Aldersgate Home for Girls since she lost her parents. Now that she's of age they need room at the school, so they arrange for her to marry a wealthy rancher named Bart Axel. They wish her well and put her on a stage heading for her new home.Luke Sullivan has been part of a group who enforces Range Laws. Just before exacting judgment to one particular man he confesses to Luke that Bart Axel cheated his father out of his land. Luke decides to give up his lifestyle and head for New Hope where he grew up. While on his way there he finds out that the stage is carrying Axel's money. He decides he's going to get back what Bart stole from his father. Then he finds out the beautiful woman on the stage is on her way to marry Bart. Feeling like he can't leave her to that fate he takes her too! Bart is a powerful rancher who wants Emily for his own and Luke Sullivan out of the way. Will he be successful???This is the first book I've read from this author and let me tell you, you will be unable to put it down! I have to say that the cover is what first drew me to the story. Love the man in black! As soon as you open the book you are involved in the story. The harsh realities of living in territories where law was exacted by groups of vigilantes was quite interesting. The author did a wonderful job of making you feel like you were there. Sometimes I could even taste the dust and hear the hooves! The characters were complex and very well drawn. I thoroughly enjoyed our lead couple. Their banter was believable and sometimes funny. But...there were moments that melted the pages... like their first kiss...ooh la la! Very well written! I loved watching Emily's quiet and gentle faith slowly change Luke's heart. The secondary characters were also well drawn. You learn something about the Crow Indians along the way as well. This book had it all from gun fights and cattle rustling to sweet romance. I highly recommend The Vigilante's Bride and look forward to this authors next endeavor. A thank you goes to the author and publisher for this complimentary copy for my review.
judyg54 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was my first time reading anything by this author and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style and I loved the cover they chose for this story!! Luke Sullivan finds himself robbing a stagecoach and kidnapping a young lady on Christmas Eve. He didn't plan to, but he wanted to "get even" with the man, Axel, who stole all his parent's owned many years ago. He wasn't expecting Emily McCarthy to be on that stage and headed to Axel's ranch to be his bride (Emily didn't know it at the time, but she needed to be rescued from Axel, a man she had not met yet, but planned to marry). Luke ends up taking her to New Hope, an orphanage there is Montana, the place Luke grew up in after his family died. Emily is such a feisty little woman and Luke is a very determined young man. The way they bicker and fight and try to irritate one one another was at times hilarious! I was laughing out loud at times.This had a little of everything in it; adventure, danger, killings, indians, cattle rustling, and of course romance (it isn't called "The Vigilante's Bride" for no reason). It had a real western flair to it and I enjoyed reading it very much! You won't be disappointed by reading this story and I look forward to reading more by this author.I would like to thank Library Thing Early Reviewers for giving me this book for review!
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 5 months ago
First, let me just that had I come across this book in the store, I would have INSTANTLY fallen in love with it just from it's cover! When I opened the package that this book came in and I saw this amazing cover, I was in awe. The cover is pure breathtaking! This is one of those instances in which you CAN judge a book by it's cover, or at least, I did and was not disappointed! Yvonne Harris' first Historical novel is beautiful. She has the writing ability to create a story that hooks the reader, entertaining them with tenderness, humor, love and forgiveness woven between God's unending grace & strength, and wrap them up, carry them away and drop them right in the middle of history. The characters and their personalities are riveting and gripping. Wonderful! I loved Emily but my heart went out to Luke. He was such a tender character though not all felt that way. He tried to hide his tenderness by seeming like the big tough and strong cowboy. He did everything he could to protect Emily from her intended without losing his heart. This really hooked me! I love a cowboy story and this really fit the bill! The details that Harris uses to create the characters and scenes is absolutely beautiful. Not only that, but Harris adds the outlaws and the feel of living on the territory in the West along with the Indians. That feeling will leave you breathless and feeling like you've traveled back into a hard time but yet easier than today's time in so many fascinating ways! POWERFUL! So, this perfect blend of second chances, redemption and suspense, is high on my 5 star book recommendation list. It's truly one of the best Western books I've read in a LONG time. It's a book that is difficult to put down because you just HAVE to know what's happening next. Please grab a copy of this today! You won't be sorry and if you're like me you'll be hoping Yvonne Harris writes another Western like this one very soon!
theeccentriclady on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I received The Vigilante's Bride as an early review book from Library Thing. Although Romance novels are not what I generally choose, this book was an enjoyable read. As with most books in this Genre, The outcome was predictable but the story getting there did hold my interest. I do enjoy westerns so it helped that I was interested in the subject matter. If you are a big fan of Christian fiction then I think you will enjoy Yvonne¿s book very much. It was not to sappy or preachy.
Godsgirl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I loved this book. It was a historical christian fiction, but with some exciting characters too. Many I've read in the past have been so unrealistic, with everyone always being nice and saying the right thing at the right time. I really enjoyed this and will be passing it on to friends. I read it in 3 days and that is fast for me!
msh09 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book started out slow for me. I didn't feel a connection to the characters at all. Although I did really enjoy the exchanges when Emily was caring for Luke while he recovered from a beating. About halfway through things changed and I got to where I didn't want to put it down and kept reading. It just took me awhile to get there. The second half was an enjoyable read.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I love this book, as in love love love this book. The Vigilante's Bride is my first experience with author Yvonne Harris and you better believe it will not be my last. The romance in verbiage and actions is palpable and beautiful. If you know any of my taste in books, you know that I love Mary Connealy and Tracie Peterson and even though Yvonne's book is slightly shorter, she's right up there in my favoritism. I can hardly put the book down, and then when I think I've only been reading for a short time, I'm shocked that another hundred pages have gone by.Bethany House has a winner with this author and I cannot wait for more. The bad guys are real and evil. I'm tense with anxiety and delight. Chill bumps greet me with the since of new found love and the hope for a future and better opportunities for all is heart warming. It makes my heart smile.*Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy for review through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.*