Maid Marian and the Lawman Paperback – December 13, 2013
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4.5 Stars, Top Pick and Reviewers' Choice Award Winner
~Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews
"Robin Hoodwinked! A family in America's Old West struggles to survive in Deb Stover's jaunty homage to the denizens of Sherwood Forest. Mary Goode and her brother, Robin, lead a band of outcasts. The lawman who thinks they're a pack of outlaws feigns amnesia to infiltrate the not-always-merry band in Stover's sparkling Western tale." ~BookPage
"Stover has taken a truly mismatched group of characters and created a loving and loyal family, and shown that blood is not always the tie that binds families together. A story where family is the central theme, and love is the magic that makes it real. A truly splendid story, and a keeper. I highly recommend this to all who believe in the power of love--a heartwarming tale of love and acceptance that will bring a smile to your lips and a tear to your eye."
~Terrie Figueroa, Romance Communications
From the Author
The secondary characters of Robin and Sunshine in this story will touch your heart--at least I hope they will. I have a Sunshine singing right down the hall from me as I type. In fact, this book is dedicated to her. I think you'll know why when you read it.
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Mary made a promise to her parents to take care of her brother Robin. She breaks him and his friends "Little John" and "Friar Tuck" from the insane asylum. They live in peace with an occasional showing of robin hood and his merry men robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. This brings the attention of U.S.marshal Shane Latimer.
Shane is determined to bring Robin and his merry men to justice, but he has one problem. Robins' sister Mary aka "Maid Marian". He's torn between following his head or his heart.
Some stories are so hot and heavy that it's pornographic. Not this one. You see the love that Mary has for Robin and his friends and the love they have for her. That you don't have to be related by blood to be a family. You also get to see the relationship develop between Shane and Mary aka "Maid Marian" and "Will Scarlett". From the moment they meet, to the moment they realize they were meant to be together in "Sherwood Forest".
Mary Goode is really more Wendy to this band of Lost Boys than she is Maid Marian. As the years pass, she longs for love and a family of her own, but she cannot risk her brother, nor any of their makeshift family, being discovered and sent back to an asylum. So they remain hidden in their own "Sherwood Forest."
When Marshal Shane Latimer rides into that forest intent on arresting the "Merry Men" he believes to be dangerous outlaws, he finds nothing is quite as he expected. When he is suddenly desperately injured, he is at the mercy of the very gang he intended to bring to justice. But it is the wary, lovely, traumatized Mary who is the most dangerous thief of all, for while saving Shane's life, she steals his heart.
Ms. Stover has written a charming and involving love story with a good deal of sizzle, occasional Western action, quirky characters, and very enjoyable and satisfying family dynamics. I thoroughly enjoyed MAID MARIAN AND THE LAWMAN!
Deb Stover weaves a beautiful and wild backdrop in the midst of beautiful and wild characters. With any good story set in the Wild West, there is the Lawman Shane Latimer. He's a pretty handsome and smart guy. I liked his resourcefulness and the fact that Stover had him needing to be saved real quick.
The funny thing is, he and the heroine weren't my favorite characters. I liked them and they were interesting, but my favorite was Mary Goode's brother, Robin Hood... er... Goode.
From what I could gather, but I'm not entirely sure, Robin is a man with down syndrome. His hero is Robin Hood and any man who is a protector of the people. He has a sense of innocence and that seems to be the biggest bit, but Stover puts in the story how he is a grown man with adult feelings and aspirations. I loved that here was a character who, during the times would have be ostracized and living in an asylum, is a hero in his own right.
There aren't many mainstream romance books that have those type of characters. It is always a good thing to see a book reflect the world and times.
Stover wrote an uplifting romance that had action, love, family, and a lot of humor. (There is a bit with a kitten and Shane that deserves its chance to be read)
Maid Marian and the Lawman is a story about love, adventure and family. It is told with a bit of humor and it will draw you in and make you feel for its characters. In this Western Romance novel we have Mary Good (Maid Marian) and her brother Robin Good (Robin Hoode). At the beginning of the story we find them recently orphaned and Mary has come to the asylum to save her brother. Robin has some sort of developmental delay and was placed in the asylum when his parents passed away. When Mary finds him he has made friends with “Friar Tuck” and “Little John”. Knowing her brother won’t leave without them, she busts them all out and their little family begins.
Some years later we find the family having settled in “Sherwood Forest” on Indian Territory owned by “Little John’s” father. Their lives are disrupted when U.S. Marshall Shane Latimer is bitten by a rattle snake when he comes to arrest Robin and his merry men. He “loses his memory” and is ordained Will Scarlett. Little do they all know that this encounter will change all of their lives for good.
This is a great story for a rainy afternoon.