Bantam, Dec 2000, 5.99, 278 pp.
Josie knows she owes everything to Dr. Annie, who saved the former?s life by adopting her when Josie was just another New York City pickpocket. After working in Dr. Annie?s clinic and studying law, Josie is now an attorney in the Wyoming Territory during a time when the only professional job a woman was allowed to hold was lying on her back.
After being ambushed, outlaw Sims Callahan is near death when he worries about his brother Ben. An Indian, Bear Claw, feeling he owes his life to the whites and rescues Sims by taking him to the Miller ranch, home of Dr. Annie and her spouse who are in New York. Josie also resides at the ranch and using the skills Dr. Annie taught her, works to heal the patient. As Sims recovers, he convinces Josie that neither he nor his brother is a cattle rustler. Meanwhile Ben heals under the care of Rachel. As the two couples fall in love, Josie sets out to prove the innocence of her man and his brother.
The OUTLAW BRIDE just proves that nobody does a western romance better than the incredible Sandra Chastain. The thrilling story line is packed yet not overloaded with action, romance, and a touch of mystery. Ms. Chastain not only provides an authentic taste for the late nineteenth century Wyoming Territory, but she uses her fully developed characters such as the romantic couples and secondary players like Judge Carl McSparren to accomplish this feat. This winning tale will send sub-genre fans seeking the tremendous previous story, THE RUNAWAY BRIDE.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner