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THE WIDOWED BRIDE
Genre: Historical Romance, America
This sequel to The Borrowed Bride brings readers back to Colorado as Prohibition takes hold of the country. Lane intelligently tackles the historical issues of the era as well as spousal abuse and recovery. Always one to draw on accurate historical details, present the atmosphere of the ‘20s and delve into character motivations, Lane creates a pleasant, but typical, western.
Since her acquittal for murdering her brutal husband Ruby Rumford has been looking for a new start for herself and her two daughters. She arrives in Dutchman’s Creek intent on opening a boardinghouse and discovers her first boarder quite by accident. Ethan Beaudry is an undercover U.S. Marshal ferreting out a band of bootleggers he believes are using Ruby’s house as a drop-off point. Though wary of men, Ruby believes she can trust Ethan, volunteering to help him with his investigation. Ruby places herself right in the center of danger by attempting to uncover the town’s mayor’s role in the bootlegging. But neither she nor Ethan realize that their growing love places Ruby and her daughters in danger. (HARLEQUIN, Mar., 300 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: March 2011