The Cassidy Family novels should be read in order; its easy to say this with some authority. Since I read this one first, there were some gaps in my understanding of some of the finer points of this engaging book.
This is the story of the troubled nephew, Lane Cassidy, who left town 10 years in anger and has just returned. One of the early people he sees is his former teacher, Rachel McKenna. Lane has followed in his uncles footsteps by becoming a famous gunslinger. He doesnt explain why hes back but the sparks immediately fly between Lane and Rachel.
Another reviewer didnt like that a teacher would take up with her former student; I look at it differently. Ten years has passed since he was a student in her school and Lane has become his own person. He seems much more assured than his teacher at this point. There are only 4 years of difference between their ages.
During his absence, Rachel married an older man, Sheriff McKenna. He found considerable fault with his wife and shared his dissatisfaction widely. Ultimately, McKenna died in the arms of a local saloon prostitute. Rachel was left with a son, two controlling parents-in-law and a boat load of shame and grief. Lane, with his air of danger must have felt like a breath of fresh air to someone who was so manipulated by circumstances and others.
I really enjoyed this series; however, the ending seemed to drag on too long. The author maneuvered her characters into one grand, last scene -- which I thought was excessive. This wonderful story didnt need it. 4.5 stars
1. After All (1995)
2. Last Chance (1995)