ON THE SHELF: Giddy up with these Western titles in our New Large Print Collection

Published 9:37 am Friday, January 19, 2024

This week we are featuring Western titles in our New Large Print collection.

The third title in Mary Connealy’s Wyoming Sunrise series is called, “Marshaling Her Heart.” Becky Pruitt thought she knew everything that was happening on her thriving ranch, but when her foreman, Nate Paxton, makes a surprising admission, she is taken aback. Nate is a former U.S. Marshal and believes the ranch is the best place for a group of Marshals to set up base camp in their search for the notorious Deadeye Gang. The timing is crucial and will benefit the town of Pine Valley greatly, so Becky feels obligated to help. The only problem is that she is loathed to give up control of her life and ranch, especially since she narrowly escaped the grasp of her harsh father. The outlaws aren’t going away, and danger is drawing nearer.

“Kathryn,” is the sixth title in the Mail-order Brides of the West series by Caroline Fyffe. Kathryn Ford is sure of one thing; she will not be marrying the boring, arrogant man her father chose for her the day she was born. She knows it’s only a ploy to increase his wealth. When she is disowned for her defiance, she is determined to prove herself a capable woman without his help or interference. She signs up to be a mail-order bride and is prepared to give up all the luxuries of her previous life. Then she is thrown into the rigors of a working farm in Y Not, Montana and wonders if she has made a huge mistake and finally met a challenge that she cannot conquer. Tobit Preece has been deeded his grandfather’s large farm and would like to give his grandfather his wish in return—the chance to bounce a great-grandbaby on his knee before he
passes. Tobit decides to send for a mail-order bride. Can two people who seem so unsuitable for one another end up creating a happy marriage?

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“Storm Riders,” is by James Hitt. Many escaped slaves sought refuge in the American West even before the Civil War. This includes the narrator of this tale who becomes intertwined in the life of Waco Joseph Callahan, a.k.a. Brother Wolf, a.k.a. the Comanche Kid. Both the narrator and Waco are of mixed parentage, which helps to form their bond. When Waco’s brothers set out to kill him, a chain of events leads to an all-out range war with renegade Comanches, Waco, and the narrator on one side and Waco’s brothers on the other. Who will be left standing when the gunpowder clears?

The prolific William W. Johnstone’s latest is called, “Devil’s Gulch.” John Hold is a traveling gunslinger who’s been cleaning up dirty towns west of the Mississippi ever since the Civil War ended. No questions asked. Payment on demand. The only way out of these towns for the outlaws is in a pine box. Holt’s latest job is wiping out bank robbers in Devil’s Gulch in the Colorado Territory, but with more trouble on the horizon, the yellow-bellied mayor has tapped Holt to be the next sheriff. The town’s vigilance committee is led by Joe Mullen, the largest rancher and mine owner in the valley. Mullen—who has his hand in most of the crime in town—is not too keen on the outsider muscling in on the good thing he’s got going. Holt quickly finds himself on familiar ground: staring down outlaws. He doesn’t care. They are on the wrong side of the only law that counts. Holt’s law.

The fourth title in Jim Jones’s Jared Delaney series is called, “Halo Moon.” While Jared Delaney is riding home from a cattle drive to Colorado, he is haunted by the hazy band of light encircling the moon. This halo moon signifies the nightmare of impending change and menace. Upon arriving in Cimarraon, Jared is heartbroken to discover that his friend and mentor, Sheriff Nathan Averill, has been murdered. Though his wife protests, Jared is determined to visit his own brand of justice upon the murderers. This vow estranges him from his friends and family, but it also puts everyone in danger. Unbeknownst to Jared, he and his family are being stalked by a truly evil man. Will Jared find solace in vigilantism? How many people guilty and innocent will die along the way?

“A Gentleman Detective,” is a collection of western stories from award winning author Richard Prosch. Con men and law men, artists and carved birds, apple fritters and cabbage all abound in this collection. In “Waling Face” a sleepless man is tortured by the face of his wife’s killer. “Hard Times for the Vanilla Cream Kid” tells the story of a would-be bank robber who plans the perfect heist, but does he have the stomach to follow through? “The Magic of Summerland” tells the story of nine year-old enemies of long-gone war whip up a culinary feast in the hill country of Nebraska. “The Testament of Eve” sees a girl come to grips with her unusual affinity for snakes and a horrific crime that remains in the shadows. Finally, in “The Gentleman Detective,” a boarding house guest figures out a robbery from the perspective of his own past experience.