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Anna Finch and the Hired Gun: A Novel (Women of the West (Y'Barbo) Series) Paperback – June 15, 2010

4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Women of the West Series

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Anna Finch and the Hired Gun
“Kathleen Y'Barbo has written a high-spirited novel about the kind of woman we'd all like to be: spunky, creative, witty--and a good shot.” 
— DiAnn Mills, author of A Woman Called Sage and Sworn to Protect

“I love Kathleen Y'Barbo's deft hand combining romance, comedy, and suspense. Her books are pure fun to read. Anna Finch and the Hired Gun was my favorite so far. I was hooked from the first word.” 
— Mary Connealy, author of Doctor in Petticoats
 
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Kathleen Y’Barbo
“A fun read. Delightful, engaging, charming, and yes, funny. Humor in the characters, and humor in the events, as she dreams of and heads on an adventure in the west. I thoroughly enjoyed this romp of a read.” 
— Lauraine Snelling, author of the Red River series, Daughters of Blessing series and One Perfect Day

“With excitement, romance, and humor, Kathleen Y’Bargo spins a tale that captures your mind. The author’s enthusiasm for writing spills out of every scene, creating, as it should, enthusiastic readers.” 
— Stephen Bly, award-winning western author of more than one hundred books, including One Step Over the Border, Paperback Writer and Wish I’d Know You Tears Ago

About the Author

An accomplished storyteller with more than 850,000 copies of her novels, novellas and young adult books in print, best-selling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is an East Texas native who experienced the transforming power of words at a young age, thanks to stumbling upon her grandmother’s set of encyclopedias.
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Product Details

  • Series: Women of the West (Y'Barbo) Series
  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307444813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307444813
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,328,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I Loved this book! I finished "The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper" and then picked up book 2 and I finished it in one sitting! My mistake was not ordering book 3 before because now I have to wait 2 days for it to get to me and I can't wait. Kathleen Y'Barbo is awesome. Love her books.
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Anna Finch & the Hired Gun – Women of the West #2 of 3 - Kathleen Y’Barbo

This was my favorite book of the series. In fact, I read it in one day, I was enjoying it so much. It features a handsome, faith-filled Pinkerton detective – Jeb Sanders – hired to watch the spunky Anna Finch, whom her father believes causes so much trouble she can’t catch a man.
Jeb believes he has been assigned the worst case ever – to babysit *some rich girl instead of catching thieves and murderers and following leads on the ruthless Doc Holliday (whom he has a personal vendetta against).
Anna, by all appearances, is *just that. But, secretly she is a published author, and a girl who’s heart desires riding the open plain from time-to-time, not sitting around wasting her days stitching and her nights at social events. She is also the last of 5 daughters and the only one not married. Her father intends to remedy that as soon as possible and has hired the Pinkerton Detective Agency to guard his willful daughter and keep her out of trouble, until such time as she is properly wed. The story starts off with a bang (literally), and Jeb and Anna are thrown together in an unexpected way. His job is made exceedingly difficult when she makes the acquaintance of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, and begins friendships with them. The story involves lots of sneaking around and even a healthy dose of danger, which was most enjoyable. For a faith-filled novel, I liked that the author gave us a little more danger and a little more passion than some authors of this genre without crossing the lines, in my opinion.

This book also contains short quotes at the top of each chapter regarding Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, my favorite being “This is funny.” – Doc Holliday’s reported last words. Ch. 8, pg. 73.
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The 3 books in this series were so good! Y'Barbo writes very well and there are many comedic instances that just make the book all the more outstanding. I hope to read more from this author in the future.
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I read this book several years ago, & I'm glad I have a hard copy of it, because I will reread this one! I loved Anna's independent spirit, & her willingness to risk reputation to follow her dreams. The romance between Anna & the Pinkerton man developed agonizingly slow, but that kept the anticipation up high. I love anything cowboy & western, so the inclusion of Wyatt Earp & Doc Holliday made the story extra exciting for me! Loved the chapters about them! I wish Miss Y'Baro would continue this story, & include famous western people in more of her books! Historical fiction is my favorite! I will read more books by this author.
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Anna is a strong willed woman who wants nothing to do with her high society world. Independent, sassy, and humorous female meets independent, humorous Pinkerton detective. Fireworks result! Anna's attempts to outwit her "hired gun" bring a smile to your face. Loved this one.

Patricia W. Sewell-Collier
Author: "Healers in World War II"
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Anna Finch wasn't aiming for Jeb Sanders the day she shot him. It was his misfortune that he decided to take a nap behind the very log Anna used for target practice.

For Pinkerton man Sanders, the wound in his side was the least of his problems. Anna's bullet made a detour through that painful flesh abrasion, wounded his manly pride (he'd been shot by a woman!), then made a bee line for his heart, which he'd been convinced would never love again. But the feisty socialite changed his mind in an instant--sure as shootin'!

Anna's parents are set on marrying her off to whatever wealthy, respectable suitor will take her off their hands. But Anna's every bit as determined not to marry a man she doesn't love. She's also set her mind on becoming a reporter. She knows she can write. She's the anonymous author of a whole series of dime novels, and has her own well-stocked bank account to prove it.

When Anna's sleuthing brings her into repeated contact with none other than Doc Holliday, as well as his good friend Wyatt Earp, Jeb makes up his mind to stop the headstrong, independent, incorrigible woman before she gets hurt. After all, he's the hired gun Anna's father pays to keep his daughter safe from herself. Besides, Jeb has a score to settle with Holliday for murdering his wife.

Anna's antics and Jeb's determined quelling of them makes for a hilarious romp of a semi-western romance. Bringing Earp and Holliday into the storyline serves to add believability to this fun tale. Y'Barbo's well-rounded characters insert themselves into the readers heart and don't let go. I loved both Jed and Anna from the first, action-packed scene, and cheered for them until the last captivating paragraph.

An easy read, one that leaves the reader with a smile and a little more faith in the power of love.
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Anna Finch has so far escaped all her father's plans to marry her off. But now, it seems her father has taken his desire to see her wed too far, as he has hired a Pinkerton agent to trail her and be her hired gun, keeping her safe and, supposedly out of trouble.

If Jeb Sanders thought that keeping Anna Finch out of trouble would be an easy job, he had much to reconsider. The first time he meets her, he is shot in the side. And then he catches her meeting up with the infamous Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. Convinced that she is an informant for them, Jeb has to work double time to keep her in his sight.

If Anna has any dreams of writing the truth about Doc Holliday then she has her work cut out for her. Between her father trying to sell her off like prized-horseflesh to an unsuspecting groom, and the hired gun trailing her every move, getting the story is more complicated than she ever dreamed.

ANNA FINCH AND THE HIRED GUN is the sequel to The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper. I absolutely loved The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper so was thrilled to find that ANNA FINCH AND THE HIRED GUN is more of the same lighthearted, humorous and totally engaging writing.

I couldn't put ANNA FINCH AND THE HIRED GUN down. I literally fell in love with both Anna and with Jeb, and especially enjoyed the sparks that ignited between the two of them. Having a real life person, Doc Holliday, making appearances in the pages of the book was an unexpected bonus. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ANNA FINCH AND THE HIRED GUN and highly recommend this book.
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