Spirit of a Bear

Susan Harmon, Author
Susan Harmon, Author Walker & Company $19.95 (178p) ISBN 978-0-8027-4140-0
Reviewed on: 07/04/1994
Release date: 07/01/1994
In this tale of love on the frontier, Harmon ( Colorado Ransom ) once again brings freshness and high spirits to the western genre. When Ben Barnes, mayor of Elk Fork, Colo.--and proprietor of the local saloon--acts on his customers' suggestion to improve business by importing a few ``sportin' women,'' he little realizes the ruckus he'llraise. The incensed townswomen stage protests but are not mollified even when Barnes relents: they want him to procure mail-order brides for the local bachelors. With the help of a less than upright Boston lawyer, Ben complies with their ``request.'' One of the brides is Elizabeth Butler, who has unfortunately been betrothed to the scruffy, ornery Thornton ``Trap'' McRae--already blessed with wife and child. The settling in of this ill-matched pair forms the heart of this unconventional western. The author brings a rare humor and gentleness to her realistic, often poignant tale that will likely catch readers up in its easy, unforced pace. (July)
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