Love in the Old West


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If you are looking for a good romance set in the days of the Old West, try checking out one of these titles selected by Reader Advisor Cheryl Hassler.

Eternity by Jude Deveraux.
Maine, 1865. Carrie Montgomery, used to a pampered life thanks to her family's wealth and the attention of her seven brothers, has set up a mail-order-bride service for the hundreds of lonely men out West. The men send in pictures of themselves and descriptions of their needs in a wife. When Joshua Greene's picture arrives, Carrie decides to marry him. But Josh wants a wife used to hard work on a farm. Velvet series, Book 14. Some descriptions of sex. RC 34049.

Forgiving by LaVyrle Spencer.
1876. Sarah Merritt has come to Deadwood in the Dakota Territory for two reasons, to find her sister Addie and tell her that their father is dead, and to start the town's first daily paper. Addie, who ran away from home five years ago, is working at Rosie Hossiter's boardinghouse as an "upstairs girl." Finding Addie is easy, but everything else Sarah tries lands her in big trouble. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. RC 32030, BR 8520.

The Gamble by LaVyrle Spencer.
Agatha Downing, a milliner with an injured leg, has resigned herself to a dreary life in a small Kansas cow town of the 1880s until she meets rakish LeMaster Scott Gandy, a saloon keeper and former gambler. When the prim temperance crusader protests the installation of a nude painting in his bar, he responds by dumping her in the mud. But through their adoption of the town orphan, they are brought together and decide to take a gamble on love. Explicit descriptions of sex. RC 26153.

Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson.
Boston-reared Clementine Kennicutt longs to escape the authoritarian rule of her pious father. So when she meets cowboy Gus MacQueen, she quickly accepts his proposal and elopes with him. But nothing prepares her for her meeting with Gus's brother Zac. As Clementine learns to survive in the Montana wilderness of the 1880s, she must also struggle against her growing attraction to Zac. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. RC 41259.

Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer.
Miss Abigail MacKenzie is known in Stuart's Junction as a model citizen. No one in town ever finds cause to speak ill of her. When the 9:50 train pulls in carrying two injured men and Doc Dougherty has no place for them to recuperate, Miss Abigail volunteers to care for them at her home. Gentle David offers a happiness she no longer expects. But she cannot get Jesse off her mind. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 37522.

Legend by Jude Deveraux.
Shortly before she is to marry, Kady Long impulsively buys an old flour tin. Inside it she discovers a well preserved satin wedding dress, just the kind she has been looking for. She tries it on and suddenly finds herself transported in time to a harsh landscape where a man is about to be hanged. Descriptions of sex and some strong language. RC 43560.

My Outlaw by Linda Lael Miller.
At age seven, Keighly Barrow looks in the mirror at her grandmother's house and sees a young boy who appears to be in a saloon. A century apart, the two meet at the mirror whenever Keighly visits. As an adult, she inherits the house and vows to go through the mirror. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. RC 45632.

Prince Charming by Julie Garwood.
Lady Taylor has been raised to be a lady, so she maintains her dignity when her fiance marries her cousin. Infatuated with stories about the American West, she readily agrees to her grandmother's suggestion that she marry American Lucas Ross and return with him to claim a legacy awaiting her in America. But she does not expect the trouble that lies ahead. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. RC 38897.

Vows by LaVyrle Spencer.
A period romance set in a nineteenth century Wyoming town. Emily, a feisty girl, works in her father's blacksmith shop and wants to be a veterinarian. Engaged to Charles, who has loved her since they were children, she is not sure of her love for him. When Tom comes to town to set up his own blacksmith shop, Emily becomes very confused about her feelings for the two young men. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. RC 27009.

When Lightning Strikes by Kristin Hannah.
Romance author Lainie Costanza passes out while writing at the computer and wakes up in the setting of her book, a western about a woman captured by a bank robber and rescued by the hero. Instead, Lainie and the villain develop an odd relationship. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 46462.