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Rosa's Land: Western Justice - book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Gilbert Morris
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Join Lafayette Riordan as he chases his dream of becoming a Wild West marshal. Young Faye longs for an adventurous life protecting the frontier alongside Judge Isaac Parker’s famous marshals. But his upbringing has left him more prepared for a life as scholar and artist. When faced with the opportunity to realize his dream, can he summon the courage to hunt down the outlaws? Or will one headstrong female rancher capture his heart first?

Western Justice Series:

Book 1 - Rosa's Land

Book 2 - Sabrina's Man - Available December 2013

Book 3 - Raina's Choice - Available June 2014


Editorial Reviews


This is the first Gilbert Morris novel that I have read but I hope it won't be the last. His discriptions of the paintings and drawings Lafayette made me want to see the real pictures he did a great job of the discriptions of the art and landscapes. (Rhonda Laney Read A Lot Rhonda 2013-02-17)

A wonderful tale of the western world, filled with chivalry, faith, and plenty of adventure, Gilbert Morris’ enticing story is sure to leave you with a smile on your face.
(Samantha Kinkade My Book Addictions 2013-03-19)

Ok!!! It’s an awesome story line, well developed characters and enough emotion to blow you off!!


I definitely recommend this book especially to those who have sons!!! Because even though this is a romance it’s much more than just that- it holds a lot of wisdom between the lines. It is only fitting that an author that has eighty-some years in his back pocket wrote it. Thank you Gilbert Morris. (Larik Burci 2013-04-11)

Gilbert Morris is an incredible storyteller.  Mr. Morris can write about anything, in any time period, and it always comes out wonderful.  However when Mr. Morris writes a Western I think that is when he enjoys it the most.  I have been reading everything by Gilbert Morris for a long time and I have to say that this may be his finest work.  This is also just plain fun and exciting as well.  It is a book of the romance between Riordan and Rosa. Then there are the themes of destiny and dream fulfillment.   Gilbert Morris is an expert at bringing historical events to life while weaving in the fictional aspects of the story in a seamless flowing pattern. He makes you care for all the people involved and takes you along for the journey.
(Victor Gentile Kingdom Airwaves 2013-05-18)

Book Description

First in a brand-new series from bestselling author Gilbert Morris, Rosa’s Land follows the unexpected journey of young Lafayette Riordan. When faced with an opportunity to realize his dream of becoming a Wild West marshal, can he summon the courage to hunt down the outlaws. . .and capture a female rancher’s heart?


Product Details

  • File Size: 730 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1616267585
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (February 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing introduction to Gilbert Morris. October 12, 2013
I have heard good things about Gilbert Morris's books and when I got the chance to read and review Rosa's Land, I was excited to see what his writing was like. Unfortunately, this was not a good introduction to his writing.

Rosa's Land tells the story of Lafayette, better known as Faye. Faye has grown up hardly knowing a hard day of work. He is better at scholarly things and art. When he is snubbed by a woman, he believes he must become a man and so he heads west to become a Marshall.
Rosa and her family have just moved to her grandfather's ranch and are now having trouble with outlaws. When they request a Marshall, Faye is the Marshall that shows up to help protect their ranch.

The storyline was ok. Westerns are not my favorite genre so perhaps that was part of the reason I didn't like this book. But despite a book's genre, I still have things that I like or don't like about every story. This book had a lot that I didn't like. Rosa was annoying. I didn't feel like the characters were developed well. A lot of the time, characters can become my friends, but these characters were not like that at all and I was only glad to say goodbye to them. I found myself rushing through this book so I could be done with it.
While I may try a few other books from Gilbert Morris, I will not be reading any more of this series.

I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I received no compensation for this review, but was only required to share my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions stated are my own.

Leah B.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing February 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is about a young man, Lafayette Riordan, living the good life in New York City in 1886. His father, Caleb, and two older brothers are rough, tough businessmen and when the he was born, Eileen, told her husband "...this son is going to be mine. I'll make all the decisions about his school, his clothes. I'll raise him to be a gentleman. You got our two other sons, and you've made them hard, callous men." So, you see that young "Faye" as she started calling him had no chance but to be a born and bred "mama's boy".

Eventually, he did get some backbone in him and learn to ride a horse (a very old, gentle horse) and shoot a gun (small enough for him to handle) and he even took off on an outdoor adventure for a month to see if he could survive in the woods all by himself. And he did just that. He finally decides he wants to go out west and become a US Marshal, of all things, and he does go with his mom's blessings, ha!. Little did he know that she wrote to Judge Isaac Parker, who was over the marshall's, asking him "When my son comes to ask you to make him part of your force, agree to take him but give him the most humiliating, dirtiest job you can possibly think of. Keep him at it, and I'm sure in a short time he'll become discouraged and change his mind." But Faye didn't. But I'll tell you, Faye, was just a little bit too good. He was happy and never complained and did all the dirty work and it was just unbelievable. Finally, in Chapter 7, we finally meet Rosa, from Mexico, and she moved to Texas to help her uncle and extranged father with their ranch. Eventually, Faye and Rosa meet and not to give too many "spoilers" I won't say anything else.

I was very disappointed in this book and really could not believe Gilbert Morris wrote it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Did I Miss Something? February 12, 2013
I have read many Gilbert Morris books and have enjoyed every one of them. I am just beginning this and I found that on page 43, he writes that the main character, Faye, while visiting an art gallery, he remarks, "I heard that President Roosevelt admired this painting, but didn't buy it." If this story takes place in 1886, Grover Cleveland was President, not Roosevelt. I've gone back and thumbed through what I have read and didn't find a "fast forward." Did I miss something? If this is a mistake, I am disappointed by the error.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Choppy and forced March 31, 2013
Lafayette is the last son and not at all like his father and brothers. Deciding to make a name for himself he heads out west to become a marshal. What he encounters is hardly what he expected, but it could just change his life.

Rosa joins her family in a move to her grandfather's ranch. His health is failing and he hopes his family can save his ailing ranch. Rosa takes his request seriously and begins to learn everything she can about the ranch.

It has been a long time since I've read anything by Morris. I remember really liking his books so was looking forward to this one. The plot was interesting. The characters had some unique traits. But for some reason the story felt forced. It wasn't really something I could put my finger on and left me wondering if my memory of his other books was a bit faulty. I enjoyed the story, but this wasn't his best work. I'm willing to check out the next one in hopes for a bit of improvement.

I received this story free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing and enjoyable. November 4, 2013
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This book is an easy read. And an enjoyable read. It strikes me as a bit simplistic, missing details that the reader wonders about, but sometimes simplistic is exactly what the reader needs. Danger and romance are a winning combination. The conclusion is predictable, but the route to that is enjoyable and surprising at parts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Spiritual content excellent.
But a tad too much romance to be a five star. I could do without the lovey dovey content. Liked the characters and history connected to the people. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by NancyM
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story
The story begins in New York City in 1886, eventually moves to Arkansas, and then to Oklahoma. Faye Riordan is the principal character; the story is five-star, but I have two small... Read more
Published 21 days ago by David Carlyle
3.0 out of 5 stars I have read many Gilbert Morris books in the past and have always...
I have mixed feelings about this book. I have read many Gilbert Morris books in the past and have always really enjoyed them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by cda idgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST
Beautifully written. Your smitten by the first page. Highly recommend the book and its author.
Published 1 month ago by mar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Linda E. Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner!
I really enjoy books by this author. The characters are very realistic and the setting gives you a taste of life in a different time.
Published 1 month ago by Ginger Duckwall
3.0 out of 5 stars a good story
Was slow at first but sped up later on. Good ending. And all the glory given to God. He should have all the glory
Published 2 months ago by Dale Bolden
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Many morals. Good entertInment
Published 2 months ago by DeDe Dewey
2.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
I liked the story line but the author spent to much time on elementary explanations. It was a very slow read. I would not recommend this book.
Published 3 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a great read as all of Gilbert Morris's books are to me.
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More About the Author

Gilbert Morris is among today's most popular Christian writers; his books having sold nearly six million copies worldwide. He specializes in historical fiction and won a 2001 Christy Award for the Civil War drama Edge of Honor. Once a pastor and English professor who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas, Morris lives with his wife in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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