Book Review

by Sharon Sala

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Setting: 1860s Kansas and Colorado

2004 Best Historical Saga Nominee

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Sala follows Letty and Eulis,
who debuted in her western novel Whippoorwill, as they leave behind
their old lives in Lizard Flats and travel the Kansas territory of the 1860s. Formerly a lady of ill repute, Letty panicked when her client, Reverend Randall Ward Howe, died in her bed. Employing the help of drunken Eulis, the town gravedigger, they secretly buried the reverend. Eulis and Letty leave town together, thanking God for their second chance at life, as he impersonates the minister, and she acts as his sidekick, Sister Leticia.

Both discover their own previously untapped inner strength when pitted against the west, but even amid the
harsh realities of everyday life, there
are comical moments, such as tipping outhouses and spraying skunks. And when their masquerade ends and they continue on to the wild city of Denver
to search for gold, Letty and Eulis find that their relationship has evolved in a manner they never would have thought possible.

Sala's smooth writing and entertaining wit will engage readers. The spunky characters and their bumpy journey provide a page-turning escape from the fast-paced reality of modern-day life. (Jul., 344 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Loveland Press

Published: July 2004

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