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Historical fiction author Davis churns out another folksy, lighthearted story set in 1885 about a not-so-feminine heroine who shoots better than most men. Gert Dooley has spent years caring for her widowed brother, Hiram, who is Fergus, Idaho's, only gunsmith, and that position strategically places her to practice shooting all types of firearms. Second to none, Gert sets up a women's shooting club after a killer comes to town, and while the womenfolk are eager to learn from Gert's experienced hands, the men in town balk. As Gert trains her friends to protect themselves, she finds herself strangely attracted to the new sheriff, Ethan Chapman. Slowly the two begin a dance, and who knows which one will fire the first shot of romance. Davis's evenly paced tale, kicking off a series, reads smoothly and predictably, but perhaps too much so for avid readers who hanker for unexpected plot ambushes here and there. (Dec.)
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Davis kicks off the Ladies' Shooting Club series with a romance filled with nonstop adventure, mystery and murder. The characters are charming, down to earth and just trying to live their lives. Davis makes her characters leap off the pages without overdoing the emotions. This is sure to please readers of any age.
(Patsy Glans ROMANTIC TIMES 2009-10-23)

A tender tale about the Old West and what life was life in a fading mining town. It takes a few chapters to learn all the characters, but they're well worth the read.
(Kelsey Shade CBA RETAILERS & RESOURCES 2010-01-01)

The Sheriff’s Surrender is a remarkable story. I believe the love that binds Gert and Ethan together is truly extraordinary. I like the bit of shyness Ethan projects, especially when he is around Gert. He reminds me of the timid cowboy like Tom Selleck sometimes plays in his movies when he is around the female gender. Truly magnificent; I liked that part about Ethan. To me it made him appear human in every respect. Susan Page Davis has woven a terrific story touching the heart of this reader. Immediately she pulls the reader into a town with many acquaintances blending together an impressive read.
(Cherokee COFFEE TIME ROMANCE 2010-01-15)
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Product Details

  • Series: Ladies' Shooting Club (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc. (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602605629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602605626
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Susan Page Davis writes romantic suspense, historical romance, and mystery. She is a Maine native now living in Kentucky, and a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have won several awards including the Carol Award for her novel The Prisoners Wife; the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award for The Prisoner's Wife and The Lumberjack's Lady (Maine Brides series); and the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for her novel Captive Trail (Texas Trails series). Visit her website at www.susanpagedavis.com

Customer Reviews

Overall this book was a very enjoyable and feel-good read.
Crystal Fulcher
There are some parts that seem a bit unnecessary at first, but prove themselves to be more than fluff as the reading progresses.
Stacey
Add in a good mystery, a hint of romance, and some charming characters and you have a very satisfying story.
C. Kendall

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stacey VINE VOICE on December 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was thrilled to see "Ladies Shooting Club Book 1" on the spine of "The Sheriff's Surrender" by Susan Page Davis. I'm not even halfway through this novel and can't wait for the sequel! Gert Dooley is not your typical 1885 gal. Summoned to Fergus, Idaho by her pregnant sister-in-law to help her care for Gert's brother's home after the birth of their child, Gert arrived to find her brother, Hiram, grieving the deaths of both mother and child. Years later, she is still caring for him in his home and business. When Hiram repairs firearms, Gert does the test-shooting, and she has become a superior marksman - make that markswoman.

After the murder of the local sheriff, Hiram's friend Ethan Chapman is appointed as interim sheriff, and Gert is sought by many of the fearful ladies in town for shooting lessons. Gert and Ethan have managed to steer clear of romance, although it's pretty apparent that they care for each other. But now that they are working to protect the town, will they be able to keep their distance from one another?

Oh, what a novel! This book has it all - mystery and suspense, romance, cowboys and horses. WOW! The chapters are short, the story enjoyable, the murder mystery an enjoyable puzzle. There are some parts that seem a bit unnecessary at first, but prove themselves to be more than fluff as the reading progresses. I am thoroughly enjoying this book and can't wait to see what follows
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathi Wolynes on December 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
I liked The Sheriff's Surrender, but didn't "love it". I thought the characters were written well and I liked the overall style of this book. At first seeing this book, I thought the story would center around Gert, but that was not so. The plot focused more on the general store owner and Ladies Shooting club, as a whole. And for a romance novel, there didn't seem to be a whole lot at all and the only thing that kept me reading was the murder mystery aspect of the story. Though, I will say, I enjoyed the antics of Ladies Shooting Club and that also made the story more exciting.
Overall, I liked this book, but I probably wouldn't read it again.

*This book was given to me by the publisher in return for my honest review. I was not compensated in any way or influenced to write a positive review*
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martha A. on December 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
When the sheriff is found dead in his station, another young man of the town is pressed into service and finds himself trying to solve not only the Sheriff's murder's, but others as well. Meanwhile, the town is in an uproar over the ladies of the town forming a shooting club to learn how to protect themselves. From the pastor's wife the the dance hall girls, they are all lining up to learn how to shoot!!!
This was a cute story! I found it an enjoyable light, read and really enjoyed it without a lot of romance in it, just fun story! It would be one that would be something a mom and younger daughter could enjoy together!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Boley YL1381433 on January 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I do wish that the book had spent more time helping us get to know Gert better. It seemed like lots of time was spent with the mystery and with Ethan, and less with Gert. My heart went out to poor Milzie! I felt so bad for her and kept hoping that someone would befriend her. The mystery part of this book, I really liked. I was on the edge of my seat at the end of the book when the murderer was found out. I was very pleased with the way the book ended, and if you enjoy a sweet romance with a mystery thrown in, then I believe you will also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. J. Walfoort on July 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
When Gert Dooley arrives in Fergus, Idaho in the late 1800s to help her pregnant sister-in-law, she arrives to find her brother, Hiram, grieving the deaths of his wife and child. Gert stays to take care of him. She also begins to test the guns Hiram repairs as gunsmith. Years later, she has become an astonishing markswoman.

After the murder of the sheriff, Ethan Chapman is appointed as interim sheriff. Ethan has been friends with Hiram for years and Gert has developed feelings for him. Despite reciprocating feelings, Ethan plans to never marry.

As the danger increases, the women of Fergus vow to learn to protect themselves. They form a shooting club with Gert as its leader. Gert and Ethan band together to protect the town from a murderer - but can they work together without letting their feelings for each other get in the way?

This was a really good story. I found the people of Fergus to be charming and realistic - they had fears and courage; friends and enemies; joys and sorrows; humor and determination. However, much of the book is spent introducing the townsfolk and setting up the mystery, leaving the romance to fall a little flat. I also never felt a connection to Gert. I never felt like we really got to know her. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series and finding out what will happen next in Fergus, Idaho.
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Format: Paperback
I loved this book. Susan Page Davis does a wonderful job setting up this series in this book and while she is setting up and the reader is getting to know the characters,it remains interesting and never drags.

Fergus makes a great setting and I loved learning about the town a little bit at time. I also enjoyed getting to know the characters and watching them grow and change when they were faced with different situations.

The mystery storyline was also superb. Several plausible suspects are given throughout the book, but I didn't feel anything was given away early. It kept me guessing and kept me interested.

The characters were fascinating. From Gert who I really liked to Libby the store owner to Bitsy the saloon owner and her girls, all of the characters add to the story and teach us about understanding and loving others. The characters all have a real feel to them and I can't wait to read more books in this series to get to know them more.

The romance in this is a small part, but it is there and enjoyable. Overall this book was a very enjoyable and feel-good read. This is my first book by Susan Page Davis and I will seek out more of her books.
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