AN OUTLAW IN WONDERLAND
Once Upon a Time in the West, Austin’s imaginative series with its fairy-tale western twist, leads readers into a powerfully emotional Civil War-era love story. While building sexual tension and creating strong characters, Austin explores the horrors of war, espionage, medicine, outlaws, loyalty and love. This is a compelling story told by a writer with heart.
Northern doctor Ethan Walsh never expected the mind-numbing horror of war, or that he’d become a spy in Chimborazo, a Confederate prison hospital. Ethan is convinced he can help end the war if he passes information to the Union. No traditional Southern belle, Annabeth Phelan works at Ethan’s side and becomes his lover. They marry before Ethan’s brother is seriously injured and Ethan discovers Annabeth’s betrayal: She has been spying for the South. Years later, their lives collide. Since parting, Annabeth has been riding with a band of outlaws whose hideout, Wonderland, is as impossible to find as Lewis Carroll’s fictional world. She’s not the girl Ethan knew, but she’s the only woman he can love. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Jun., 350 pp., $7.99)