Sunday, January 14, 2018

Book Review: 'Written in the Cards' by Lauren Linwood


Maggie Rutherford defies wealthy New York society and escapes marriage to a greedy, controlling man by the skin of her teeth. She runs to freedom and adventure and makes her own way writing western dime novels under a pen name.
Ben Morgan found his hometown of Boston no longer a place for him after the Civil War. He, too, had escaped to the west. When his wife and unborn child are killed in an Indian attack, he leaves the farm they had settled on and becomes a gambler, cowboy, and temporary store keeper. But, more important, he’s the man who loves Maggie for her true self.
The two bad guys Black Tex and Richard DeForest are as different as daylight and dark socially. Yet, each of them is willing to use Maggie to get what they want without any true regard for her. If the reader needs someone to dump negative feelings on, these two are ideal candidates.
On a gentler note, Ben’s little niece, Jennie, touches a special spot in one’s heart even if she did leave marbles on the porch that Maggie slips on and sprains her wrist. Jennie adds that little extra something that brings out the tender caring side of the characters.
The sides stories one of Ben’s widowed sister-in-law and Frank Stansel, the sheriff of Easton, plus the other of Maggie’s brother Marcus enrich an all ready delightfully good western romance. I’d enjoy a romance with Marcus as the hero. I liked him.
The Ben and Maggie love story that wiggles and weaves its way determinedly among the happenings keeps one turning pages. Written in the Cards is Attention-Keeping reading!

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