The Devil You Know

Berkley Sensation. May 2016. 416p. ISBN 9780425277447. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698180857. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Discovered on Pancake Valley ranch land by precocious, "nearly ten" Annalea, self-proclaimed "bad man" Israel McKenna, horribly battered, barely conscious, and missing his memory, is taken in by tough-minded rancher Willa Pancake. But the generational feud between the Pancakes and their unsavory neighbors, plus the growing attraction between Willa and Israel, take things in an unforeseen direction. These wary lovers acknowledge their pasts and settle a few outstanding scores.
VERDICT Wonderfully flawed individuals, unexpected plot twists, refreshing humor, and the appearance of folks from This Gun for Hire, as well as references to Goodman's other earlier books, make this another of the author's must-read historicals. Fans will be pleased. Goodman lives in West Virginia.

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