TRUE TO THE LAW
Goodman’s talent for historical Western romances is undeniable, and this new book provides further proof for longtime fans and new readers alike. Her charming small town is crafted with engaging detail and populated by a winning and varied cast of characters, grounded in interesting historic elements. Best of all, her lead characters fit together seamlessly. Both are wonderfully intelligent, self-reliant and staunchly independent. Together, their banter is delightfully smart and refreshing, and their passion and faith in each other creates an unassailable strength, even against the most implacable enemy.
When wealthy Chicago native Richard Mackey orders private investigator Cobb Bridger to locate a young woman formerly in the Mackey family employ, Cobb is prepared to treat the assignment much like any other. But when he arrives in Bitter Springs, Wyo., and meets fascinating and self-reliant schoolteacher Tru Morrow, he realizes that there is far more to the story — and far more to this remarkable woman — than he ever imagined. But when the Mackey family descends on Bitter Springs in order to reclaim what they believe to be theirs, it will take all of Cobb’s skills and Tru’s indomitable strength to fight for their future. (BERKLEY SENSATION, May, 384 pp., $7.99)