Go West for Romance
July 08, 2010
I recently read one of three books in a romantic series by a best-selling author. I stumbled across what I assume is the second of three. Deep in the heart of Texas, three sisters fall in love with three brothers. I was a disappointed by the book’s predictability. I didn’t think the characters were particularly interesting. I know—it was just a romance. I didn’t expect literary fiction, but did expect a little more.
May I recommend a few romantic westerns, or romances in a western setting, to you?
Only His Kiss, by Sherrie Lord, chronicles a young runaway’s journey from Independence, MO, to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lucky for headstrong Sonja Thorseth, she meets gentle Dr. Thaddeus Staley early on, she needs a doctor and a friend. This is well-researched, well-developed Christian fiction.
Grab a tissue if you haven’t read Sandra Brown’s Rainwater. It’s unlike the sensational and sexy novels that have made Brown such a best-selling author. It describes the love that springs up between Ella Barron, hard-working single mother of an autistic child, and wonderful, wealthy David Rainwater. It’s not a cowboy story, but it’s set in Texas. The emotional and financial hardships of small ranchers during the Great Depression provide background and conflict.
Please try Conagher, by Louis L’Amour. I happened to see the made for television movie, (Sam Elliot and Katherine Ross) then I read the book. The book has a “Gift of the Magi” feel to me—I’m not sure why, but the characters grabbed me. Everyone should read L’Amour once, right?
And speaking of something everyone should read, there’s The Virginian by Owen Wister. Unlike characters in a series romance, it takes the Virginian and his inamorata years to get together, but you wouldn’t have it any other way. Molly Wood leaves Vermont for Wyoming to teach school, and the hero is determined to be her best student. If you want to know how a real cowboy lived and worked around the turn of the 20th century, please read this sometimes politically incorrect, sometimes hilarious, and very romantic classic western.
All of these items are in the MCPL catalog, (including a videocassette of Conagher) although some titles aren’t available in great numbers. Please place them on hold and enjoy!
Geri H.Tags: western, romance, reading, Books