The Particulars: Historical western anthology, Harlequin, 2002, Out of Print
Is It In Wendy's TBR?: Nope, I've read it.
National Bestselling authors Cathy Maxwell, Ruth Langan and Carolyn Davidson team up to bring you Wild West Brides, a collection of three brand-new stories about women who conquered the West and found their soul mates . . .
Flanna and the Lawman by Cathy MaxwellAny Reviews?: Mrs. Giggles gave this one an 86:
Desperate for someone to help her protect her land, a female con artist saves an ex-lawman from the hangman's noose by claiming him as her no-good husband, and finds herself wanting to turn their charade into a real marriage.
This Side of Heaven by Ruth Langan
When a runaway and her young nephew find a safe haven with a solitary Montana rancher, three lonely people become a family, until their peace is threatened by the boy's father, bent on vengeance.
Second Chance Bride by Carolyn Davidson
His mail-order bride's deceit had stung him to the quick, but the pregnant widow's care of his four-year-old daughter had Jebediah rethinking his vow to send her packing as soon as her baby was born.
"Of the three, only Cathy Maxwell's Flanna And The Lawman is worth a reread. In fact, Flanna And The Lawman is, in my opinion, ranks up there with Connie Brockway's Heaven With A Gun (from the Outlaw Love anthology) as one of the finest Western novellas I've read. The other two are standard, formulaic marry-in-distress romances with no refreshing twist to make them memorable."RT gave it 4 Stars:
"These three tales are heartwarming, fun and a wonderful way to wile away a few hours and feel satisfied not once, but three times."Anything Else?: You want to know the real reason I review darn near everything I read somewhere online? Yeah, so I can remember something about the book! I've read this anthology. I know I've read this anthology, but I'm pretty sure it was pre-blogging days. The bad news is I did not read it for TRR, so that means....no review. Which means I can't recall a damn thing about any of these stories.
Usually I can recall at least a little something. Like say, "I remember liking the Maxwell story" or "I thought the hero in the Langan story was yummy." But yeah - I don't even have that.
I got nothing people!
Which usually means I just found the book a pleasant diversion. Nothing blindingly brilliant, nor brain-damagingly awful. Nice, pleasant, but just sorta there.
The worst of it is that I did, at one time, have yearly reading records going this far back, but yep - you guessed it - they went up in flames during a Great Computer Meltdown (circa 2005).
Uh, which would be why I keep all my reading spreadsheets in Google Docs these days. Unless Google melts down, I'm thinking they'll be safe for at least a wee lil' bit......