ROMANCE

True to the Law

Berkley Sensation: Penguin Group (USA). May 2013. c.384p. ISBN 9780425264164. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101606407. HISTORICAL
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Like the rest of the townsfolk, new schoolteacher Gertrude "Tru" Morrow thinks Cobb Bridger is merely a gambling man just passing through windswept Bitter Springs, WY. But Cobb is on a mission—and Tru is his target. Hired to find her by a man who claims she is a thief, Cobb keeps his cards close to his vest as he comes to know and admire Tru and begins to question the real motives of his employer. A wary heroine with feminist sensibilities and secrets of her own; a savvy, admirable hero intent on learning the truth; and an abundance of engaging, beautifully realized secondary characters (young Finn Collins is especially endearing) keep the pages turning and the plot moving in unexpected ways.
VERDICT Protagonists who spar animatedly, humor that lightens the story's darker aspects, and well-handled sexual tension combine in a compelling tale that shares a setting with the best-selling, West Virginia-based Goodman's The Last Renegade. Another winner.

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