When 23-year-old Kristen Anderson received word that her uncle had diedand left her his Larkspur ranch in Montana, she at least had a choice inlife. Relegated to the role of servant in her brother's house, she hadaccepted her fate, but now she had a chance to live on her own. Over herbrother's violent opposition, she boarded the train in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.On her arrival in Big Timber, Montana, she found a suspiciously eagerbuyer waiting to purchase the ranch she had yet to see. With a littlehelp from a local citizen, she evaded the schemer and made her way tothe ranch, only to find two men living on her land: one young, strong, and with ideas of his own about the property; the other sad, senile, andcompletely dependent.Kristen had inherited trouble with her legacy -- and mystery. Would thetwo men help her fight the venal Forsythe forces who sought to wrenchthe ranch from her? Would she meet life or death here? Would shediscover undying hatred -- or eternal love?
Veteran author Garlock dusts off the time-honored, land-grab plot and brings Kristin Anderson to 1880s Big Timber Montana, a town choked by vicious corruption. The determined, young city woman, manages to keep her inheritance, find gutsy friends, and get the help of rancher Buck Lenning. Garlock's narrative and dialogue lend rich visual, almost cinematic, flavor which is nicely complemented by a fistful of mangy thugs and the complex character of hired killer, Del Gomer. In a curious twist, loyal friends must face ranch marauders while Buck rescues Kristin, who has been kidnapped by a headstrong Indian. Though the romance evolves rather too effortlessly, Garlock's secondary story of a few brave souls attempt to restore a justice, is deftly handled.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Grand Central Publishing
January 31, 1997
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