It’s been awhile since I’ve read a historical novel set in the Old West and I’m glad I found A Bargain Struck. It’s a sweet story of two people both healing from the pain of losing their spouses and learning to trust and love again.
The author did a great job setting the scene of what Wyoming was like in the 1880s. From the opening scene when Ellen arrives via stagecoach to her journey to Connor’s homestead, I got a sense of what life was like and the hardship working and living on the land must have been like.
And like all good western stories there are the villains, the cattle rustlers, and the conniving beauty who you hope gets what she deserves.
All the characters, not just Ellen and Connor, were well developed and believable. I felt myself cheering for Ellen as soon as she was introduced in the story. You know it’s all going to work out for everyone but the fun is getting to that point in the story.
If like me, you’re looking to take a once in a while break from contemporary novels, I think you might find A Bargain Struck worth your time.
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