Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Anna Finch and the Hired Gun-Kathleen Y’Barbo

Anna Finch and the Hired Gun
Kathleen Y’Barbo
WaterBrook, Jun 15 2010, $13.99
ISBN: 9780307444813

In 1885 Colorado Anna Finch’s wealthy father believes the only roles for women are family positions as a wife, mother, and daughter, etc. Thus he plans to find a husband for his feisty daughter who he loves dearly.

Anna Finch loves her father, but wants more than a family role as she loves observing people and relishes being a reporter. She is euphoric when she has a chance to interview the legendary Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Her dad, worried about her safety, hires Pinkerton agent, Jeb Sanders, to insure Anna is safe. Jeb is outraged with the assignment of babysitting the spoiled heiress. He reconsiders her skills as an investigative journalist when she leads him to his wife’s killer, but does not stop there; she digs deeper to uncover what really happened before Jeb kills the man he believes murdered his spouse.

The latest Kathleen Y’Barbo lighthearted yet suspense filled western romance (see Confidential Life Of Eugenia Cooper) is a great fun tale as neither Anna nor Jeb is happy with the arrangement, but as they fall in love they begin to appreciate the assets the other brings to the relationship. Fast-paced yet character driven, fans will enjoy Anna Finch and the Hired Gun summed up with the opening quote from Doc Holliday: “We had a little misunderstanding, but it didn’t amount to much” because the lead couple earn mutual respect, fall in love and team up to try to solve who murdered his wife.

Harriet Klausner

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