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THE BALLAD OF EMMA O'TOOLE
Genre: Historical Romance, Western, America
Lane takes readers into the cruel world of an orphaned, pregnant, uneducated young woman where, except for the hero, all others she meets are coldhearted, foolish or sleazy. Though Lane puts her protagonists through crisis after crisis, the story’s pace makes for a quick read.
When her fiancé is murdered, life can’t get any worse for Emma O’Toole than being forced to wed his killer. But the pregnant Emma must have help raising her child and, between the scandal surrounding her and the judge’s stern orders, her new husband seems the lesser of two evils. Logan Devereaux has his own secrets, and taking on a young bride is the last thing he needs. He’s been running and gambling under a false name for years; maybe by marrying Emma he has a shot at turning his life around. But between a hidden enemy, miners’ strikes, scandal, Emma’s need for revenge and Logan’s dangerous past, the newlyweds face daunting odds. (HARLEQUIN, Sep., 280 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed By: Anne Black
Published: September 2013