Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review: A Man Like That

Author submission in exchange for an honest review.

A Man Like That
Alison Henderson
Release Date:
June 29, 2011
The Wild Rose Press
Word Count:
approx. 90,000
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Jessamine Randall, fearless crusader and champion of the downtrodden, is not a woman to be left waiting at the altar.  When her fiancé disappears hours before their wedding, the ever-resourceful Jessy hatches a plan to track him down and bring him back where he belongs.

Morgan Bingham knows he’s no good.  Never has been.  Never will be.  A former outlaw is no fit husband for the only daughter of the town judge, despite her misguided notions.  Besides, after ten long years away from home, it’s time to return to the hills and face his demons.

Ill-prepared, but armed with unshakeable certainty, Jessy follows Morgan to his family’s cabin deep in the Ozark Mountains where she’s sucked into a whirlpool of deep secrets and old hatreds.  While she struggles to bring light and hope into their dark lives, her greatest challenge is Morgan himself. Can she ever convince him he’s worthy of love?

Babs' Review:
Jessy was about to marry Morgan Bingham and was left at the altar. Morgan skipped town after leaving Jessy a letter explaining why he left. He was never going to be good enough for her and was an outlaw. Jessy comes up with a plan to follow Morgan. She thinks he is heading home, packs a few things, leaves a note for her parents and heads south. She rides almost all day and night till she gets to Independence. She finds out that Morgan was through town yesterday. If she hurries she can catch up to him.

Morgan has made his camp for the night and hears a noise. He grabs his gun and a voice tells him to put it down. To his surprise in walks Jessy in men's clothing. He spotted her right away. Needless to say Morgan was not too happy to see her. At his reluctance, he takes her on to his home in the Ozark. His plan is to have her contact her family and have someone come out and get her. As they go into town to get supplies they find out the lines of communication were down, post-war. The note Jessy has to send will take a few months to get to her family.

Jessy stays, and in the meantime she helps out and gets to know Morgan's family. At first Morgan's mother, Rachel, was not too keen on a woman who wore men's clothes, having no idea that Jessy did own dresses. Sally, Morgan's sister is 16 and takes to Jessy. Then there is Morgan's brother, Ethan, who has a lot of pent up anger due to the loss of his leg in the Civil War. He also has started drinking heavily. His wife Corinne and his son Samuel are sometimes scared of him.

The farm and houses are falling apart and Morgan sets off to make things right. Jessy pitches in and tries her best to win over everyone and do what is right for them. Will everyone get along and Morgan change his mind about marrying Jessy? What about Sally and her friend Will?

I loved this book for the wonderful characters to the setting. I actually felt I was on the trail with Morgan and Jessy. The scenes are described in great detail you could picture yourself riding along. I wanted to see what was going to happen with the family and if Morgan would change his mind. There are a couple of twists which keep the reader hooked. I finished this in one night, because I had to know what was going to happen. I even cried a few times along the way as I felt for the characters with what they were going through.

A must read.

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