Six New Ways of Looking at the Old West

by Karen Green

Gangsters and gold rushes, sheriffs and saloon girls: so much of what makes tales about the Old West so romantic and engaging is that they have been honed to perfection after being told so many times. But there are always new ways of looking at things, and these six stories, each set at a slightly different time and place in history, breathe new life into our favorite era.

From successful, independent career women to unexpectedly modern perspectives on relationships, these tales tell of a different Old West—still wild, still exciting—in ways we may not have seen before.

 

Her Sheriff Bodyguard by Lynna Banning

It’s different because:

Although Caroline MacFarlane finds herself in need of protection, this is not your typical damsel-in-distress story. A suffragist, Caroline is not afraid to advocate for women, for women’s rights and for equality. And she won’t stop, even when her very life is at risk.

Her Healing Ways (The Gabriel Sisters) by Lyn Cote

It’s different because:

This is the story of a female Quaker doctor and her adopted black daughter who staunchly refuse to give up caring for people or looking for a place where they belong. A story of courage, acceptance, love and tolerance that takes place nearly 150 years ago but is still relevant today.

The Warrior’s Captive Bride by Jenna Kernan

It’s different because:

An unlikely romance between a Crow warrior and a medicine healer, both strong and well-developed protagonists, offers a robust story with plenty of historic accuracy in a narrative perspective we don’t often see.

His Wild West Wife by Lauri Robinson

It’s different because:

Seeking a divorce in the nineteenth century, and a fairly amicable one, at that, could not have been a common, or easy, thing to do. So the compelling (and sexy) story of a Chicago lawyer and his soon-to-be ex-wife working out their marital differences is something new in the Old West.

Printer in Petticoats by Lynna Banning

It’s different because:

Jessamine Lassiter is a spinster, a newspaperwoman and a professional rival to the newly arrived Cole Sanders. It’s great to see a historical romance about a woman with a thoroughly modern sense of self—and self-preservation.

The Sheriff’s Sweetheart (Brides of Simpson Creek) by Laurie Kingery

It’s different because:

It’s not often that historical romance stories feature a woman with financial independence. This position of fiscal power allows Prissy Gilmore to begin a relationship with Sam Bishop without feeling that she needs a man simply so he can support her.

Which of these books will be your next “new” read? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. carolm
    April 15, 2017 at 4:39 pm
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    want them all, so just mail them asap, lol.

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