I don't read too many historicals but this was an excellent book in the same vein as Woodiwiss and others of her era. The hero was so tortured and hurt but the heroine kept bringing him back from the brink of destruction. He showed her his bad side so often and tried to leave her but he kept coming back like a moth to a flame. She was a widow with a child and I usually don't care for children in stories but this "young man" fit perfectly. A wonderful read for a rainy afternoon or in front of the fireplace in winter.
Enjoyable read, although sometimes it was hard to suspend my disbelief. The ending felt a bit forced, like the author was approaching the page limit and decided to wrap things up quickly- just too neat and tidy for characters with such complex issues.
Patricia Potter brings a tortured man to life in this (slightly too long) story.
Wade Foster has lost 2 families: his family-of-origin and later his wife & son. He carries a boat-load of grief, rage and guilt.
Wade Foster really suffers and we are allowed to share his nightmares and somber history. I liked the way Potter took her time sharing his history; it was too gruesome to take in quickly.
Mary Jo and her son are very likeable. Mary Jo seems to be perfect except for her (understandable) hate of Indians. She grows in the story too. Jeff, the son, drives much of the plot and makes huge leaps toward adulthood.
I particularly liked the fact that Wade was injured throughout the book and the author did NOT have him solve everything by himself.
I prefer historical tales and this one offered a different spin on some of the men who did NOT fight in the Civil War. I didnt realize how famous some of those renegade bands were prior to reading this book.
An enjoyable read!
Vengeance had spurred Wade Foster on to hunt down the men who had destroyed his family. Badly wounded, the rugged outlaw couldn't understand why a lawman's widow wasn't sensible enough to leave a stranger to his fate, but Mary Jo refused to abandon him. And soon, with a posse drawing close, Wade will have to choose between fleeing and risking everything for this woman.
Only the desire for vengeance has spurred Wade Foster on, until the last of the men who had destroyed his family lay sprawled in the dirt. Now, badly wounded, the rugged outlaw closed his eyes against the pain...and awoke to a tender touch. He'd never asked Mary Jo Williams to save him; couldn't understand why a lawman's widow hadn't the sense to leave a stranger to his fate. But the daring beauty refused to abandon him. And soon, when a posse gets too close and danger rushes in, Wade will have to choose between fleeing and risking everything for this dauntless wooman who could show him how to live-and love-again.