By Stacy Henrie
September 4, 2012
No one would ever imagine a fresh-faced young woman could be robbing stage bandits of their ill-gotten fortunes. But Jennie Jones is desperate to save her family's ranch from foreclosure. And the risks seem worth it, until her upright new ranch hand offers a glimpse of how much is really at stake.
About the Author:
Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. While she had a goal to write and publish a book one day, she turned her attentions first to graduating with a bachelor's degree in public relations. Not long after, she switched from writing press releases and newsletters to writing inspirational historical romances as a stay-at-home mom. Stacy loves reading, interior decorating, romantic movies, and most of all, laughing with her husband and three kids. She appreciates the chance to live out history through her characters, while enjoying all the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century.
What does “desperate” justify?
A young woman left orphaned on a cattle ranch in the Wild West of the 1870s is determined not to make the same mistakes her mother did. She will not abandon her heritage or run away from a few difficulties when her younger brother and her grandmother need her. Her cattle rustled from under her nose and wearing her clothes to bare threads make tough, straight-shooting Jennie fearful of nothing – except the bank manager calling her father’s loan in early, and maybe falling love with the hired hand. Oh—and church. Those people whispered and made her feel terrible after her mother left, and she never went back. But no matter what else is plaguing her, her underlying determination all comes down to this: how can she save the ranch?
A new twist of robbing the guilty instead of the rich, Lady Outlaw is an enjoyable read from author Stacy Henrie. Her characters are fresh, the plot just wiggly enough to keep the reader wondering. How much does Jennie want to stay out of trouble, and how much fretting the gentle, faithful Caleb who agrees to work for her, will put up with, especially when he realizes the awful truth. Henrie writes with maturity, and her public relations background has obviously suited her well in her debut efforts. The dialogue is never clumsy and the action riveting. A few more historical issues could have been cleaned up, but for the most part, Henrie’s fiction reads clean and well.
This sweet tale of renewed conviction, vengeance served warm, and sweet romance will keep you turning pages as you spend some quality time in the Wild West with Jennie and Caleb in Lady Outlaw.