Tiner’s Wild West romance eschews its setting to focus on character. Physically scarred and staunchly independent homesteader Claire Montgomery is known in her unnamed rural town as a woman with healing hands. She has no formal medical training but did provide the Union Army with extensive medical assistance during the Civil War. Claire and her father figure Tobias, a former slave, are doing just fine in the troubled post-war days, living off the land and raising orphaned eight-year-old James. As James takes in wounded animals, Claire takes in wounded people. Enter ruthless but principled gunslinger Nathan Longley, in need of extended care following a shoot-out. Even Claire’s charming little domestic trio may not be able to tame the itinerant gun for hire. As Nathan and Claire overthink their mutual attraction, the local sheriff decides the compassionate Claire will make the perfect wife. Mild tension ensues. Tiner comes close to overstepping the bounds of syrupiness, but her credible characterizations will have readers cheering. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 03/09/2015 Release date: 10/01/2014 Genre: Fiction
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