Do you like historical fiction that shows it’s done its homework in the details? Sweet romance? Margaret Brownley’s newest release The Outlaw’s Daughter just may the book for you offering an engaging, easy-to-read story with an unexpected depth. Check out my review and be sure to enter the giveaway for the first two books in this series (which you definitely don’t need to have read to enjoy this one, but it would be nice to have all three on a shelf, together)!
Many thanks to the author, NetGalley, and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me with an advance copy of the book. All opinions are my own.
THE OUTLAW’S DAUGHTER
HAYWIRE BRIDES, BOOK 3
by MARGARET BROWNLEY
Western / Historical Fiction / Clean & Wholesome Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date of Publication: May 26, 2020
Number of Pages: 384
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He may be a Texas Ranger, but he only has eyes for the outlaw’s beautiful daughter . . .
Texas Ranger Matt Taggert is on the trail of a wanted man. He has good reason to believe that Ellie-May’s late husband was involved in a stagecoach robbery, and he’s here to see justice done. But when he arrives in town, he discovers the thief has become a local hero . . . and his beautiful young widow isn’t too happy to see some lawman out to tarnish her family’s newly spotless reputation.
Ellie-May’s shaken by her encounter with the ranger. Having grown up an outlaw’s daughter, she’ll do anything to keep her children safe—and if that means hardening her heart against the handsome lawman’s smiles, then so be it. Because she knows Matt isn’t about to give up his search. He’s out to redeem himself and find proof that Ellie-May’s husband wasn’t the saint everyone claims . . . even if it means losing the love neither expected to discover along the way.
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The Outlaw’s Daughter by Margaret Brownley is a sweet historical/western romance. She always works a bit of magic in that she can create
I have a lot of admiration for Ellie-May, our heroine. At eight years old, her father was hung as a criminal, and she had grown up facing intolerance, suspicion, and distrust from her fellow townsfolk, and as a recent widow trying to keep her farm running during a drought, she’s still fighting to survive. She’s tough as nails and fiercely protective of her children – and over the course of the book, her character grows, learns to trust, and finds love.
Texas Ranger Matt Taggert is another interesting, complicated character, trying to redeem himself, and has to temper his growing attraction to Ellie-May with the fact that he’s investigating her heroic husband for robbery.
The supporting characters are a delight as well, from the loyal old farmhand Anvil to the straight-talking, men’s clothes wearing Mr. Buttonwood (whose interest in and interactions with Anvil are a hoot), and feisty young Jesse James (not the outlaw), who wants to be a Texas Ranger.
There’s a subtle lesson here about not assigning the sins of the father to the child. Ellie-May grew up being punished for her father’s crimes, branded untrustworthy for no other reason than her birthright. She regains some respectability in the eyes of the town simply due to her marriage, but we see the ugliness that she’s endured at the hands of some of her townfolk even as an adult.
This is a story of redemption and of self-forgiveness. Ellie-May sees her husband’s reputation redeemed (even if she and her ranch hand, Anvil, were the only ones who knew it was at risk.) Jesse James is found not to be the storyteller that the Sheriff makes him out to be.
Jesse’s father blames himself for his wife’s death and has turned to alcohol. Texas Ranger Matt blames himself for not doing enough for his younger brother after the death of their father, and thus feels responsible for his brother becoming an outlaw.
If you’re used to bodice-ripping western romances, well, you won’t find it here. Brownley does a good job developing chemistry and tension between Matt and Ellie-May, but the relationship manifests in the sweet, innocent way befitting of the era.
The Outlaw’s Daughter is part of “The Haywire Brides” series, but it works well as a standalone. In fact, I’ve read (and reviewed) the first book in the series but somehow missed Book 2 (which I ordered as soon as I finished this one.)
Honestly, this book was perfect in every way. It has a strong plot, wel
New York Times bestselling author Margaret Brownley has penned more than forty-six novels and novellas.
A two-time Romance Writers of American RITA® finalist, Margaret has also written for a TV soap and is a recipient of the Romantic Times Pioneer Award. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth-grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.
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