Rosie Mulvehey choses to save the life of a man with a noose around his neck in order to attempt to save her run-down farm. Was Bowie Stone a criminal or a good man to cherish and be cherished by? Would he be able to love her--not for one season but for all time? Would knowing his was discharged from the calvery for refusing to kill the Indians he was ordered to kill follow him throughout his life? Very good book. As with all of Osborne's books, if you are not reading this author, you are missing great stories that usually center around strong women at difficult points in their lives.
Rosei Mulvehey studied the prisoners with nooses around their necks. Because of Kansas law, she could save a condemned man if she married him. When she picked the tall ex-cavalry man names Bowie Stone to help her save the run-down farm she swore she'd make a success, she didn't know what secrets lay in his mysterious past, or that he'd prove to be more than she bargained for. Bowie Stone promised to marry her in name only for just one harvest, but his blue eyes soon saw that Rosie wasn't the hellion everyone called her. She was determined to accomplish one goal, even if it meant marrying Bowie Stone. Was he a criminal or a good man to cherish and be cherished by? And would he be able to love her, not for one season - but for all time?
I rarely read western romances but this one was a fun read. Kept my interest right from the beginning and had me smiling more than once. It's really two stories in one but doesn't become connected until the end. Fun author!
The Wives Of Bowie Stone is about a woman, Rosie that needs an extra hand at harvest time. Bowie is going to be hanged if no lady is going to marry him. Both of them have ghosts in their past. A ingrossing, moving story. I just read the last sentence. It sounds chesey. It's true though
Fantastic. I wonderful story that tears at the heart strings from start to finish. This is the story of 2 strong women who have one man in common but it takes some time to determine the connection he has to both.
Has some twists and surprises that I was not expecting. A book that is hard to put down once you start reading it.
This book was a good read! I could not put it down. I read it in one day!
One of the best books I've read all year!
WOW! That's all I can say about this terrific, gut wrenching western romance. You won't be sorry you read it.
The story opens advising the reader that there is a loophole in the law of Gulliver County, Kansas. According to the sheriff, before hanging a condemned prisoner, a female resident may marry one of you sons of bitches, then your worthless life is spared and your sentence considered satisfied. (Sort of lets you know what the county fathers thought of marriage!)
The law was in place because so few men remained in the area; huge numbers had died during the Civil War and the military took many more men to fight Indians on the frontier.
The scene when Rosie chooses her husband is priceless. She wears dirty mens clothes, drinks whisky by the case, puffs cigars and cusses profusely. She also smells awful! When Rosie chooses an ex-military officer, he seems almost willing to hang rather than marry Rosie.
He agrees to stay on her run-down farm and help her plant and harvest ONE crop of wheat. Even hung-over, Bowie learns that Rosie can do hard mens work generally better than most men sober.
At the same time, Bowies wife in Washington, DC, falls on hard times. She cant get a death certificate for Bowie so she can probate his will and inherit his wealth. She is a classic Southern belle leaning on men for all decisions, unable to do more than decide on the evenings menu for the cook, etc.
The rest of the story shows the growth of each woman. Each woman is more complex than we see at the beginning; as the story unfolds, we learn more secrets. Even Bowie has secrets. Very soon, we realize that Bowie is a bigamist; but everything is not as it seems.
Beautifully written; I couldnt put this book down. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Great book. One of favorites.
love maggie osborne books have read them all always a great plot and a plus for women readers
I really enjoyed this book.It is a western type romance.