29 May 2020

*Read My Review & ENTER TO WIN!* The Outlaw's Daughter by Margaret Brownley

THE OUTLAW'S DAUGHTER 
HAYWIRE BRIDES, BOOK 3
by
MARGARET BROWNLEY
Western / Historical Fiction / Clean & Wholesome Romance 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca 
Date of Publication: May 26, 2020 
Number of Pages: 384

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He may be a Texas Ranger, but he only has eyes for the outlaw's beautiful daughter . . .  Texas Ranger Matt Taggert is on the trail of a wanted man. He has good reason to believe that Ellie-May's late husband was involved in a stagecoach robbery, and he's here to see justice done. But when he arrives in town, he discovers the thief has become a local hero . . . and his beautiful young widow isn't too happy to see some lawman out to tarnish her family's newly spotless reputation. 
Ellie-May's shaken by her encounter with the ranger. Having grown up an outlaw's daughter, she'll do anything to keep her children safe—and if that means hardening her heart against the handsome lawman's smiles, then so be it. Because she knows Matt isn't about to give up his search. He's out to redeem himself and find proof that Ellie-May's husband wasn't the saint everyone claims . . . even if it means losing the love neither expected to discover along the way.

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Hey, Y’all! Well, here we are, almost at the end of May. Summer is right around the corner, and I’m still staying the heck at home, away from germs and the people who carry them.  

This gives me more time with my books, both reading and writing ‘em, and it gives me time to do other things like this:


Yes. I actually did this to my own dog.  It’s like she’s a time traveler against her own fur-will. I confess at having laughed way too hard whilst doing this portrait of Sascha Marie, who you can follow on Facebook by clicking on her name (which I just now typed). I’ve been spending some time honing my Photoshop skills, and in doing so, have even gotten my first commission for a pet portrait, yo! Check it out. 

 I titled this portrait, Her Grace Callie Mae, Duchess of Purrington. Not bad, huh? 
(My next one will be a portrait of a fish in Renaissance garb.)  


What have y’all been doing during all this extra at-home time? 
Leave a comment below. I’m lonely and need human interaction.

Speaking of which …

Kristine, siren of all books she surveys, lured me in once more. Come to think of it, I bet she’s got one of them confounded voodoo dolls with curly red hair and blue buttons for eyes. Instead of jabbing it with pins, she prolly tapes books on it and whispers “Belle, you are gonna lurve (yes, I think she actually whispers that word) this book. Sign up to review it.
DO IT NOW, OR I’LL JAB YOU WITH A PIN!”

That’s when my eyes fly open, in the dark of the night, and I immediately go to the blogger group and start searching for the book title I’d heard whispered in my dream-mare (I just made that word up.)  But, ya know what? Somehow, the book temptress is always right. She could be, like, a millionaire with her canny bookish book bloggerness in all her glory.

Alas, I digress.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we? (I saw you nodding your head off, tired of my rambling. Yes, I’m looking at you!)

THE OUTLAW’S DAUGHTER by Margaret Brownley is not a genre that’s usually on my self-chosen, non-book-siren-influenced forte of reading material. I usually personally go for something with a fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi blend or to the other end of the scale -- something that’s extremely literary (think Shakespeare or Beowulf) or some obscure Viking history book that’s frankly boring to most people.  But, Kristine knows me well, I tells ya!  Yes. She knows something historical is gonna tickle my ever-loving fancy. And she was right on the money.

It was a sunny day when THE OUTLAW’S DAUGHTER arrived in my mailbox. The rays of afternoon sunlight glowed on the gorgeous cover of Brownley’s book as I slipped it out of the envelope. But something else slipped out, too.  A lovely, handwritten note from the author.  I carefully turned back the gorgeous cover (y’all know how I love to keep a book looking like it’s never been read) and there it was … another note and the author’s autograph (y’all also know I love it when the book is autographed.  GAZE UPON THE SPLENDOR!




Not only does this book look great on my library shelf, as you can clearly see, but it also sits well in the reader’s hands.  It has a nice, tangible quality that makes ya not wanna put it down. But that’s not the only thing that keeps the reader glued to this book.

Ms. Brownley has the unmitigated gall to quote Mark Twain even before she gets to the hook, which you’ll read about here in a second. Now, quoting witty ole Twain is the perfect way to snag a Literature Major’s heart. (I’m beginning she did it on purpose. Heck, maybe she’s even in cahoots with Kristine the Book Siren. NO, I AIN’T PARANOID!)


The reader quickly learns on the first line of Chapter 1 that this book takes place in the Year of Our Lord 1887 in a place called Haywire, Texas.  “That sounds like a place where I belong,” I says to myself as I snuggled down into my reading nook and tucked into the story.

And there it was. Right there. The hook.


Of course, I had no other option but to continue reading. And so, I tumbled headfirst into THE OUTLAW’S DAUGHTER by Margaret Brownley.  The roads were dusty in Haywire, when I picked myself up from whence I'd landed in the story. There’d been a drought for some time, and the town folk were scurrying to and fro, stirring up clouds of dust. I stood at the edge of the dusty street, watching horses and wagons pass by and listening to people chatter on about an upcoming town celebration to do with a bronze statue. (I hoped none of them could see me standing there in my nightgown.)

Imma stop there, because y’all know I don’t give spoilers.

But I will tell y’all this:  there are a lot of things that I enjoyed about this book. First, Brownley has the gift of a true storyteller. Each page fed my interest in the story until I was actually invested in the characters. Indeed, I was so enthralled that I plowed through this book in one sitting. 


Of equal enjoyment is how Brownley allows her characters to be their authentic selves. Ya know what I mean? She actually allows them to say the things and speak the way you’d expect if you met them in person.  For example:



I’ve added this line to my repertoire of future insults, by the way. Thank you, Ms. Brownley!

This story has everything a reader longs for in a book:  tragedy, tenderness, suspense, romantic tension, and a good lookin’ Texas Ranger. Boy, howdy and lawd have mercy! *Fans Self*



via GIPHY

Most of all, Brownley’s writing is crisp, intelligent, and witty. I enjoyed the heck out of this book and my visit to Haywire, Texas.  No matter what genre the reader usually prefers, THE OUTLAW’S DAUGHTER by Margaret Brownley has all the elements to keep any reader enthralled until the very last satisfying sentence.

And that’s why I grant The Outlaw’s Daughter
Five Haywire Brooms!




  

New York Times bestselling author Margaret Brownley has penned more than forty-six novels and novellas. 
A two-time Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist, Margaret has also written for a TV soap and is a recipient of the Romantic Times Pioneer Award. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth-grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
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