Saturday, June 4, 2011
West of Heaven by Barbara Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Nineteen-year-old Marcella McGovern never knew her mother or father. Her boarding and education has always been paid for through the guardianship of Peeper, Peeper and Waldrup, attorneys-at-law. Marcella learns that her benefactress has just tragically died, and she must journey from her home in Tallahassee, Florida to the small Texas town of Onion Creek for the reading of the will.
When he sees the young woman in the Periwinkle blue dress step off the train Jean Luc “Lucky” Desloge determines to make her his bride. For years, Lucky has been in charge of the girls who worked for Miss Sophie Castleman at Sophie’s Baths and Gentlemen’s Parlors.
The will is read, and Marcella learns that Sophie was her mother and, cattle baron, Clint Harte her father. She inherits over two thousand head of cattle, as well as the bawdy house, and makes a vindictive enemy of Clint’s widow. The murders of Clint and Sophie are, as yet, unsolved and what few leads there are for Sheriff White to investigate seem to drift away in the hot Texas wind. The ramifications of Miss Sophie’s will send shock waves through the small community.
From the time Marcella arrives in Onion Creek to learn of her parentage and inheritance, this book transported me to another time and place. Thus, began an adventure and story quite unlike any I have read before. Marcella somehow manages to elevate everyone who gets close to her. She is loyal to her friends and remains steadfast, holding true to her core beliefs. It was grand fun watching Lucky struggle and ultimately overcome his crippling personal demons. Rich with an authentic western flavor, still, this story embraces and celebrates gripping feminine fortitude. If you enjoy western adventures sprinkled with a touch of sweet romance, this is a book you will certainly want to read.
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