Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Outlaw Takes a Bride

The Outlaw Takes a Bride
Susan Page Davis
(Shiloh Run Press/Barbour Publishing)
ISBN: 978-1630582593
March 2015/320 pages/$13.99

Johnny Paynter flees Denver to escape being hanged for a murder he didn’t commit. At his brother’s ranch in Texas, where he thought he could take refuge, he finds his brother, Mark—dead. Taking advantage of his strong resemblance to his brother, Johnny assumes Mark’s identity. Soon Johnny discovers that Mark had been corresponding with a widow named Sally in St. Louis, and she’s en route to be a mail-order bride to Mark. Seeing no other option, Johnny makes a fateful decision to go through with the wedding, posing as his brother. But Sally has secrets she's hiding, too. How will a marriage survive with so much deception?

Read an excerpt.


Susan Page Davis is the author of more than fifty novels, in the romance, mystery, suspense, and historical romance genres. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her husband, Jim, a retired news editor. They are the parents of six, and the grandparents of nine fantastic kids. She is a past winner of the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. Susan was named Favorite Author of the Year in the 18th Annual Heartsong Awards. Visit her website at


Susan Page Davis adds an unusual twist to the mail-order bride scenario in this enjoyable historical romance. I can't even imagine living back in the day when settlers were so vulnerable to violence and outlaws. Davis creates sympathetic and likable characters and even though Johnny didn't make the best choice in assuming his brother's identity, I couldn't help but hold my breath wanting everything to work out smoothly! While the happily-ever-after ending is somewhat predictable given the genre, the author provides plenty of obstacles and hold-your-breath moments along the way. A message of faith and trust is seamlessly woven into the story as both Johnny and Sally must depend on God for protection and wisdom. Add this book to your spring reading list. Highly recommended!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing, as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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