"a truly memorable story...A Dime Novel Hero follows wonderfully on the heels of Ms. McKades debut novel." -- Rendezvous
Even as a chunky, 10 year-old girl in glasses, Kit Thornton has been in love with Jake Cantrell. As the marshals son, Jake was popular; as the newspaper owners daughter, Kit was not.
During the years before this story starts, Kit has earned money as a dime novel writer. Even though Jake moved away, she has always written about Jakes exploits in a highly idealized fashion. For the past few years, Jake has been a bounty hunter and later went on the trail of the murderer of his father. After turning the murderer in, Jake decides to return to his hometown and raise horses on the land hes sure his father left him in his will.
When Jake returns to Chaney, things have changed a great deal: His old girlfriend is dead and his fathers property belongs to Kit. Jake goes on a bender; Kit saves Jake from himself.
With his two dreams dashed, Jake hangs out his shingle as a lawyer. Hes unsure of how to move on with his life until a chance meeting with Kits young son, Johnny.
This is a very likeable story; the main characters are interesting and seriously conflicted about things from their pasts. Kit has to adjust her highly-romanticized vision of Jake to the man he really is.