Kidnapped! That was the last thing Hope Kallahan expected when she set out from her aunts home in Michigan for Kentucky in 1872 to meet her intended. Shed planned to be the perfect mail-order brideJohn Jacobs dream come true. Instead she ends up in the hands of a bumbling gang of bandits who have mistaken her for the daughter of a famous senator. Luckily, gang member Grunt Lawson is actually Dan Sullivan, an undercover agent for the U.S. government. Hes immediately taken with the feisty and slightly arrogant Miss Kallahan, who he realizesis not the senators daughter.

As the gang bumbles its way to extortion, Dan and Hope escape. But as they become closer, Hope is thrown into a quandary. Shes falling in love with the handsome lawman. Then the couple lands in the middle of a family feud with the Davidson Gang still in hot pursuit.

Although the supporting characters are quirky, theyre a bit too foolish to be believed. And this reviewer wished for more depth and a little less moralizing. Still, the third book in the Brides of the West series is an entertaining read, and Lori Copeland includes a good spiritual take-away. (Oct., 300 pp., $9.99)

Reviewed by: 
Roberta Blair