After I read this book, I just shook my head and wondered where Cindy Holby has been hiding! This is one of the best historicals I’ve read this year and is the first in a new series about the small Colorado town of Angel’s End. A tiny place, with a statue of an angel in the middle of the street, this community is populated by shop owners, ranchers, and a widow named Leah Findley. The mother of a young son, she works in the local restaurant and has been designated to provide a room for the new minister, when he comes to town.
Cade Gentry is a man on the run from a ruthless killer. Wounded and nearly dead, he stumbles upon Timothy Key, the young minister on his way to Angel’s End. When Timothy is shot and killed, Cade decides his only chance for survival is to assume the identity of the minister. Cade ends up in Angel’s End, in Leah’s spare room and this is where the story gets very interesting.
This book is simply amazing! I could not put it down. Fast paced and well plotted, it gives us a realistic view of the rustic and violent life faced by these early citizens of the west. Yet, what comes through is the strength and courage of those who lived this life. This novel has lots of colorful animals, hints of childhood trauma, and the effects of loss. It has the power to evoke strong emotions in readers. It receives my highest praise and I cannot wait for the next installment of this powerful new series. Highly recommended for those who love western romance.
Reviewed by: Jeri Neal
Rating: 4 1/2