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Came a Stranger (Zebra Lovegram Historical Romance) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1994
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The White Raven Ranch means everything to Maggie Cayton and her three children and she is determined not to loose it. It is only after her husband is killed, her barn burned, and her cattle poisoned and shot, that Maggie turns, in desperation, to hired gun Seth Sackett. A man Maggie believes has no conscience, Seth takes the job as protector of the ranch, but clearly makes his attraction to Maggie known and promises her they will soon be lovers. Outraged, yet affected by his nearness, Maggie is certain such a prophecy will never come to pass. She is still deeply effected by her late husband's death and will never betray their love. While fighting the rival rancher she believes is responsible for her problems, Maggie also fights her growing attraction for Seth as she learns more and more about the man behind the gun. Seth has his own private demons to conquer, however. His late father was a preacher, but a very sick man. A sinner in his own right, he blamed his two sons and his wife for all evils and saw to their punishment until Seth's brother was dead and his mother badly beaten. His father is the first to die by Seth's gun and, feeling no remorse for his actions, Seth is convinced he too is an evil sinner and in no way good enough for someone like Maggie. The couple's private battles must be won as well as the one against whoever is determined to get their hands on the two big ranches. When the attacks become even more personal, Seth and Maggie fight together to ensure the safety of Maggie's family, and to capture the dream of a love destined to be.Though you may guess who the bad guys really are here, it is the motive for the attacks that keeps you guessing. Ms. Sandifer delivers a truly enjoyable read that takes you inside the very real, very troubled feelings of her characters and leaves you rooting for them 'till the very end. Ms. Sandifer focuses our attention on the characters themselves until they become like family, leaving us feeling justified and satisfied when the last page is turned. Endearing characters from beginning to end! Ms. Sandifer has the unique ability to look within the human spirit. A tribute to man's determination to overcome the odds in his quest for love and acceptance. Ms. Sandifer offers something for everyone. An engaging talent that draws the reader in! -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times
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Once I began reading the book, it flowed so well with the way it was written and each event that I couldn't put it down and it became quite a page turner. I look forward to Ms. Sandifer's next book!
At first it is just another job for Seth. He is careful to stay on the right side of justice, but people treat him with fear or contempt without ever wanting to know him. Maggie's mother is the first to recognise a different side to Seth, the son of a preacher and a lover of books.
The story in itself is not unique as Maggie and Seth get closer to each other and break down the barriers. Maggie is drawn to Seth, but unwilling to betray her husband's memory. Seth had a very harsh childhood and has carried a lifetime of regret and self-imposed guilt, believing himself to be intrinsically unworthy of a woman like Maggie. In Maggie he finally finds someone he can share the horrors of his past and in doing so, overcome them.
The children are independent characters, from protective 16 year-old Lance to the flawed and spoiled 14-year Natalie to sweet little Allison. There are various characters with questionable motives and the background plot of threat against Maggie has a few twists.
The story is well-crafted and the relationship between Maggie and Seth is credible and engaging. There are several quotes from the Bible as Seth remembers things his father said, but they are side notes and this is not a so-called `Christian romance' as such. It is, however, a romance about new beginnings and hope.