Pocket, Sep 2003, 6.99
In 1875 Wyoming Territory, recently widowed Kinyan Holloway completes her visit with her two preadolscent twin sons who live with her Ogala Sioux parents. Though she loves them and will miss them, Kinyan has lived among the whites ever since her father gave her to rancher John Halloway as his bride eleven years ago; she knows it is time to go home besides which her yougest child waits there for her.
With John dead in the riding acident, Kinyan feels she must keep the largest spread in the territory safe for her children. However, her Indian beau Rides-the-Wind wants her though she no longer loves him as she did before she was given to John. Her nieghbor Ritter Gordon wants her so that he can combine the two biggest spreads into one giant. Only Benjamin Colter, who tried to “rescue” her seems to want Kinyan and the three children because he loves them, but not only does she trust no one, one of her sons refuses to accept any replacement for his beloved father.
COLTER'S WIFE is an exciting western romance reprint of a novel issued in the mid 1980s. The story line remains fresh as the action and the male adult triangulation with Kinyan in the center keeping the plot together as four men (one deceased), two twin boys, and a very young girl interrelate mostly through the heroine. This novel is quite entertaining with a strong cast that in many ways feels stereotypical of the sub-genre, but that may be because Joan Johnson is one of the authors who set the rules.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner