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Great, engaging and witty story - loved it,
This review is from: Under a Texas Star (Kindle Edition)
Marly Landers, in Under a Texas Star is a tough as nails, smart as a tack young woman who shines brightly with her grit and compassion. She is the type of character you want to continue reading about even after the story ends.
Trailing from one dusty town to another in pursuit of a criminal fugitive was a job for a bounty hunter with a good horse and a small arsenal. It was tough work for a slim boy of small build, few means and fewer possessions'tougher still when the boy wasn't a boy at all, but a girl.
Shortly after the civil war, when a con artist steals money from her town, Marly - disguised as a boy - decides to become a bounty hunter and track him down. Seduced by the con's charms, she feels it is her duty to restore what has been taken. She is soon joined in her quest by Texas Ranger Strachan and they work together to find the trickster. Marley continues the masquerade from town to town oftentimes coming close to having her secret discovered but each time managing to hold her own. She laments that if she had been born a boy she wouldn't be in this current situation in the first place. If she had been born a boy, she might have been able to protect her mother who was killed by Rebel soldiers and wouldn't have needed protection by being sent to live with an Aunt that she didn't particularly like.
Soon however, based on observations of being boyish comes naturally to Marly. Her deception is aided by the fact that no one expects a young woman to be travelling on her own dressed as a boy. The important thing is that no man sees her as a woman and takes advantage of her and although she doesn't think Jase Strachan would ever do such a thing, Marly can't and won't let her guard down.
Marly and Jase soon become confidents, sharing life stories and teaching lessons and skills (like how to ride a horse and shoot a gun) to each other. Through the use of character insight and a good appreciation of the humor involved, we are treated to a relationship initially based on admiration and trust that slowly becomes stronger and eventually romantic as the two get nearer to their objective of finding the con man.
Filled with realistic dialog and a good attention to period detail, Bruce manages to create a believable story that captures our imagination. Well written with a compelling plot, Under a Texas Star brings a delightfully new and strong heroine to the literary world.
Reviewer: Wendy Thomas, Allbooks Reviews.
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Initial post: May 25, 2012 7:49:47 PM PDT
This thank you is long overdue, but I didn't know there was a comment button until now.
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