Barbara Dan Reviews
Jennifer Keating was a normal eighteen-year-old crossing the nation into California with her family until her wagon train suffered a devastating Indian attack. Their wagon had been left behind because of the fever that had struck down her brother and his wife, so when the attack came, there was no one to help. Jenny was the only survivor and never spoke again.
Matthew McCaleb was in town looking for a cook for his cattle drive. He had 4,000 head of cattle to get to Cheyenne and he definitely couldn’t go without a good cook for his men. His regular cook had died of food poisoning a few days ago and Matt was desperate. He was ex-Army and a good man, with an empathy toward the Native Americans that populated the land. When he first saw the skittish, young waitress in the town’s hotel/restaurant/bar/brothel, then tasted her cooking, he inquired to the kindly bartender about her. After hearing of her ordeal, her rape, torture and brutalization out on the plains, his heart went out to her and he decided to hire her, even if she didn’t speak.
Silent Angel was originally published in 2012, but its compassionate and timely look into PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is so on target that it is worth reviewing again in 2019. Jenny Keating is suffering from PTSD after the brutalization she endured during and after an Indian attack. Because of the climate at the time and Jenny’s inability to articulate what happened to her, everyone assumes it was the work of renegades from the local tribe. Ex-Army officer Matt McCaleb is a friend of the local tribes and finds it hard to believe but succumbs to the prevailing thinking of the time. But his understanding and compassion of Jenny’s PTSD is the driving point of this poignant romance. It’s a beautiful, historical Western romance about the hardships of living on the plains and the devastating effects of living with post-traumatic stress disorder. Ms. Dan has done an outstanding job explaining the effects of PTSD and this romance is worth reading time and time again!
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Roundup the Brides
Stuart Braden is a recent transplant to America via London, England. He and his father had come to Wyoming in 1889 in search of gold and other prospects to invest in. The last thing he expected to invest was his heart in the cinnamon eyes of one Suzanne Gallagher, schoolteacher, and her home of Happy Valley. Can an Englishman help the good people closest to her and win her heart in the process or will certain members of the Cheyenne Executives' Club get what they want, no matter the cost?
Roundup the Brides is an historical Christian Western Romance. Although it’s the second book in the series, it is not confusing to a new reader. Barbara Dan takes her readers to Happy Valley on the trail of love.
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Meg Wolverton is a young Easterner who takes a job as a housekeeper for a rancher in rural Wyoming, 1873. Along the way, she's responsible for seeing orphaned children to their new parents. Three kids, Susie, Davey, and Jimmy don't get adopted, so when she arrives, her new boss, widower Sam Gallagher, realizes he has a ready made family and suggests they get married. Meg gets a crash course in being a housewife and mother on the frontier. Can this marriage of convenience complete with adopted children turn into a love match?
Home is Where the Heart Is is a heartwarming historical romance with a Christian message. Meg is readily reliant and has a strong relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, but after his wife and young daughter died, Sam has closed his heart to the Lord. However, Meg's warmth and love for the children and their developing relationship causes him to reconsider his anger towards God. The spiritual message is well done and not preachy. Faith in God is a part of the character's lives, not an editorial. Humorous and populated with interesting characters, along with a passionate relationship between the leads, this is a good Western historical romance novel.
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