The Long Trail

Penny Hayes, Author Naiad Press $8.95 (248p) ISBN 978-0-930044-76-3
Aside from its feminist twist, this is a mediocre example of the romance genre. Blanche Irene Bartholomew, overweight and betrothed, is unhappy with her life in the small world of postCivil War Starcross, Tex. Then she meets Teresa, a prostitute at the Blackjack Saloon. They fall in love, and Teresa asks Blanche to leave Starcross with her. On the morning of Blanche's wedding, they escape and must endure a covered wagon trek, attack by Indians and murderous cowboys before settling down with Blanche's lesbian aunt and her companion. There is a strident ""us against them'' tone here, which, along with the sloppy grammar and caricatures, cheapens what could otherwise have been an interesting story. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/01/1986
Release date: 06/01/1986
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