Pocket, Nov 2003
In the 1880s their aging dad informs his three sons that the first one married with a child inherits the family ranch. It appears that the oldest brother Rafe and his relatively new wife Emmeline will win the competition as she is pregnant (see HIGH COUNTRY BRIDE).
Middle brother Kade advertised for a bride and six women answered. However, his interest lies in Sister Mandy who he believes is not a nun, but someone on the run. Mandy has mixed feelings about Kade, who she met a few years ago. She is happy he does not recognize her so he cannot expose her, but also sad because she so much wanted him to remember her. Though even more attracted to him then she was as a young teen, she fears that if her family finds her, Kade would become an expendable pawn especially to her odious stepfather.
The second McKettrick western romance is an exciting action-packed tale starring two delightful lead protagonists. Readers will appreciate Sister Mandy from the moment she trounces the socially conscious Kade in a horse race. Though some confusion between the relationship between Mandy's stepfather and stepbrother exists and the resolution is too easy, this is an exciting Americana historical romance. The coda of SHOTGUN BRIDE is a wonderful setup for the youngest brother's story that will keep the audience breathless in anticipation.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner