Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris

Book Description:
Robbing a stagecoach on Christmas Eve and kidnapping a woman passenger is the last thing Luke Sullivan expects to do. He just wanted to reclaim the money stolen from him, but ends up with a feisty copper-haired orphan thrown over his shoulder who was on her way to marry Sullivan's bitter enemy. Emily McCarthy is an orphan out of options. Forced to marry because she was too old for her orphanage, she doesn't take kindly to her "rescue." Still she trusts God can turn any situation to good especially when it seems Sullivan may just be the man of her dreams. But Sullivan's crossed a dangerous man unused to losing and Emily may just be the prize he's unwilling to sacrifice.

My Thoughts:
This book was so-so. Luke Sullivan is a ranch foreman and the leader of a group of vigilantes, at least he was until one of the rustlers told him a secret that brought the past to the present for him. Luke returns 'home' to the orphanage where he grew up but robs a stage and kidnaps a lady along the way. The lady he kidnaps is Emily and she is to wed Luke's enemy Axel. Emily sees Luke's 'rescue' as interference and is quite a handful, until she meets her betrothed and changes her mind. The only problem is, Axel hasn't changed his!
I just couldn't get into the two main characters of this book. Emily was a snotty little stinker who is entirely too uppity. Luke is never wrong and a bit dense though extremely smart at the same time. I did like the messages of God and his love that were there throughout the book and I liked several of the supporting characters. Molly seems to be a very smart woman who has a wonderful heart and I love the story of how she took Luke in! I also enjoyed all the children and how they were portrayed and the Indians. Not to mention the animals in the book, especially Luke's horse are great.
Overall a 3/5. It has a good message and the story line is ok, but the characters needed more developing.

Thank you to BethanyHouse for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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