Mandy McClellen Grey, has become the focus of a feud thanks to her husband, who made this mess and then died. Far from home, Mandy, the best little rifle woman in the west, has resigned herself to a lonely life under siege rather than call for help and endanger her family.
Tom Linscott is fed up with waiting for Mandy who should have had the sense to come to him as soon as she finished burying her worthless husband. In fact he’d’ve come fast enough to dig the hole if she’d’ve sent for him. He goes to round up his little woman and buys into a heap of trouble from a whole clan of outlaws.
Between Mandy’s deadly skill with her rifle, her determination to not bring trouble down on someone she loves, and an ever growing crowd of varmints who want to bury everyone named Grey—and anyone who sides with them, Tom may not survive getting himself hitched.
This is the final instalment from Sophie’s daughters and I am so sad to see them go. More lovable characters (and couples) will be hard find as this bunch of trail blazers has stolen my heart.
This book had more serious undertones than I expected, although there is still Mary Connealy’s signature humour laced throughout. The fact that Mandy was still married when she and Tom met and fell in love (nothing happened, so don’t worry) and her struggle with understanding her emotional detachment when shooting her Winchester are just two of the interesting topics explored in this book.
This fell just a little shy of the other installments. Some of the scenarios and the reunion of the most of the series’ characters at the end felt a little contrived and too coincidental. Mark’s character (one of the mischievous Reeves boys from Calico Canyon) is a little too flirtatious and slightly immature for me to fully be on his side, but that just makes his interactions with Belle Harden all the more enjoyable.
I loved how at the climax of the book, Mary had each of the McClellan women utter their signature one-liner prayer. It brought a smile to my face as a recalled all of the previous books and the situations each woman was in every time they uttered their hilarious one-liners. In a sense, it was the perfect way to say goodbye to these beloved characters.
I still haven’t read the preceding book, Wrangler in Petticoats, so I at least can visit this McClellan clan one more time. Stay tuned for that review soon.
*Thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.