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RACHEL AND THE HIRED GUN
ELAINE LEVINE
ISBN#: 978-1-4201-0551-3
January 2009
Zebra/Kensington
850 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$3.99
341 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 3 Cups

Rachel was raised by uncaring and often cruel relatives after the death of her mother. They treated her like a servant to the extent that she had to wear a maid’s uniform. Her father’s letter is a godsend.

Sager is a hired gun. Raised by the Shoshone until he was stolen from them at the age of fourteen, he rejects his white family and is a wanderer.

Old Jack Douglas and Sid Taggert look to finally make peace between their two families. Sid has two sons, and Jack has a daughter. Marriage between them would go a long way to uniting the families. Rachel travels to the Crippled Horse via an arduous and dangerous journey, the last part under the protection of Sager. Though she is intended for the younger Taggert brother, she falls for the dangerous Sager.

This author does a very good job of characterization; the people jump off the page and I had no problem picturing any of them. For the most part, the plot flows smoothly and there is enough romance and action to satisfy any taste. There were a couple of loose ends, the relatives in Virginia and the captain of the wagon train who both treated Rachel horribly and got off scot free, particularly the aunt and uncle. Rachel and Sager are a very charismatic couple, and you will love reading about their adventures.

Maura
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