Monday, June 30, 2014

Rosa's Land (Western Justice #1) by Gilbert Morris

Title: Rosa’s Land (Western Justice #1)
Author: Gilbert Morris
Pages: 318
Year: 2013
Publisher: Barbour Books

     His dream awaits…

    Lafayette Riordan longs for an adventurous life fighting against the West’s worst outlaws. But his gentle upbringing has prepared him for a life as a scholar and artist, not a lawman. Unwilling to give up, Riordan secretly learns to handle firearms – and eventually gains a coveted spot with Judge Isaac Parker’s famous marshals – even though it involves doing the worst jobs in the Territory.

     Rosa Ramirez left the sordid conditions of her home near Amarillo, Texas, for the promise of a new life on her grandfather’s ranch. But she quickly learns that safety is just as precarious on the ranch after a band of outlaws steals her grandfather’s horses and kills one of his men. Rosa rides to Judge Parker and demands protection, but she is livid when she learns that Riordan-the stable boy and dish washer-is the only man available. Far from being the marshal that Rosa wanted, Riordan doesn’t even look like he can brandish a pistol.

     It’s up to Riordan to convince Rosa otherwise…and take hold of his dream of honor and love.

     This is a wonderful Christian western novel!

     It has been a number of years since I’ve read anything by Gilbert Morris. I had forgotten what a fantastic writer he is. He has created wonderful characters in Lafayette Riordan and Rosa Ramirez. I thoroughly enjoyed his development and presentation of each of them. He also created a fairly large group of supporting characters that were equally well developed. I was quickly drawn into the story and found that I needed to finish the book to find out what happened in their lives. I’m looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

     I give this novel 5 stars and highly recommend it.

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