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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book Review: Much Ado About Marshals by Jacquie Rogers

This is a delightfully fun, sweet read.
by Jacquie Rogers
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146639952X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466399525
Genre:  Historical Romance
My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0

Book Description
Publication Date: October 24, 2011
Buy a copy and see for yourself what everyone is talking about. Once you read just one of Ms. Roger's books, I can assure you that you'll be a fan... Diana Coyle, NOR Reviewer

*** CTRR Award ***
Jacquie Rogers creates a witty, delightful, and downright amusing book with impressive charming players. Cherokee, Coffee Time Romance and More Reviewer

Like romance? Love stories about the old west? Want a dreamy cowboy to cuddle up and read about? Then this is the book for you.
~~My Eclectic Bookshelf, 5 dragonflies

Daisy Gardner wants to be a detective just like dime novel heroine Honey Beaulieu.  To her delight, her sister shot a bank robber and he got away, so now she even has a crime to solve. But her parents insist she marry a man whose farm is miles from town.  She can't solve crimes stuck out there. What better solution than to marry the new marshal!

Rancher Cole Richards saves his friend from robbing a bank, but is shot for his efforts, and now is a wanted man.  His friend takes him to Oreana to see the doc, where Cole's mistaken for the new marshal.  Now he faces a dilemma few men have to face--tell the truth and hang, or live a lie and end up married. Either way could cost him his freedom.

Daisy is a feisty and curious young lady of the America 1885 West.  Her parents own the local general store and want her to settle down with a save, successful farmer. But Daisy has a mind and will of her own and she has decided that she will marry the new marshal.  She plans to be a female detective working right by his side.

Cole Richards is mostly unconscious when his faithful, but somewhat bungling friend, Bosco, brings him to the Doctor in Oreana. Daisy helps the Doctor tend to the injured stranger who they think is the new marshal since he fits the description and they got a wire that the Marshal would be arriving late due to an attack and leg injury. Daisy immediately sets her sights on winning “the Marshal.”

The problem is that Cole knows he is not only not the Marshal but he believes that Daisy’s sister can identify him as one of the men who bungled a bank robbery a week or so before.  Cole thinks  he isn’t good enough for the sweet, stubborn lady who is bent on getting fingerprints to proof the identity of the bank robbers.  The Marshal’s resistance is frustrating to Daisy but she will do whatever it takes, even if it means she has to stoop to feminine seduction.

In addition to the fun push and pull between Daisy and “the Marshal” there are several other delightful, quirky characters. Daisy’s best friend, Sarah, is looking for a handsome man too. The reputable farmer is nice but not alluring. On the other hand the latest stranger in town, the rugged, smart, 'Sam Jones', does catch her attention.  And Jones has the best trained and smartest mule, Katie, who might just steal the show even over the troublesome mutt, Winky, who knocks over an occupied privy!

Ms. Rogers has presented some really likeable characters in a fun, ‘mistaken identity’ plot. There is sweet sensual interest with a zing of sassy innuendo. The flow of the story is easy and light as you chuckle through the frustrations of the characters. I recommend this to anyone who likes romantic comedy and historical western romance. When you want something fun to read - pick this up and enjoy!
A few fun quotes:
Cole's thoughts on his cowhand buddy:
Few men had bigger hearts than Bosco, even if the poor fellow was one ox short of a team. Location 335.
The Judge has Daisy lock in the cell with Cole:
[Daisy:] "You have no charge against me..."
"The charge is the refusal to listen to the evidence."
"I have not refused to listen to any evidence. I know the facts."
Judge Glover chuckled. "Case in point."  Location 5813.
CymLowellI am glad I won this book and appreciate Jacquie agreeing to an interview and Giveaway - see the next post.
I will add this to Idaho for my Where are You Reading Challenge. It will also go on my TBR and New Author Challenge lists.

1 comment:

  1. Jacquie Rogers is an author new to me. I have always loved stories set in the Wild West, as it were & I'm loving the idea of 'sassy innuendo'.


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