Why this one: It's a reread of an oldie but goodie
Steam Level: very nice indeed
I’ve noticed that more and more older books are being rereleased as ebooks and I am loving this. I’m rediscovering authors I’ve lost track of. My latest ebook glom is Alexis Harrington. This works out well as I’m also in a Western Frame of Mind at the moment.
The first one up is Homeward Hearts. Ms. Harrington tends to write poignant tales about people battered by life and this one is a good example. Chloe Maitland is a bossy young woman who has to fend for herself in a dying town named Misfortune after her blacksmith alcoholic father drinks himself to death. He was the only family she had and with the mortgage coming due soon, she is in a difficult situation. She places and add for a blacksmith but can only provide room and board, no real wages until after the amount needed for the mortgage is earned. She is being courted by the local teacher, a bland useless kind of man. She’s not really keen on him, but she’s lonely. Because of her bossy ways, though with a tender heart, she has no real friends.
Travis McGuire answers her add, but before he can start, he needs to be tended to as he walked a long ways to Misfortune in the boiling sun and is now suffering from a bad case of heat stroke.
Chloe and Travis clash from almost the beginning. A lot of times I don’t really like bickering protagonists, but in Homeward Hearts, it was their way of bonding and getting to know each other. Travis had his own issues. He’d spent a number of years in jail for murdering his adulterous wife but he was innocent. Because of this and the fact that he is being hunted by a bounty hunter bound to take him back to jail. He has no family left either and I loved this story of two lonely people finding each other .
It’s been a number of years since I’d read any books by Alexis Harrington though not long ago I purchased one as an ebook. I checked to see which one while I was reading this one and did a quick little happy dance when I realized it was a sequel to this book; the bounty hunter’s story. I started reading it last night right after I finished this book and I’ve also purchased 3 more by this author I first read years ago.
I really hope a whole new generation of readers who enjoy Westerns discover this author and maybe some older authors rediscover her. She really is good
Grade: 4.5 out of 5