The Sheriffs of Savage Wells by Sarah M. Eden
Shadow Mountain: September 27, 2016
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Source: Free from publisher
I’d go there again!
I haven’t read a historical Western romance since I was in high school, and I thoroughly enjoyed this re-introduction to the genre. The relationship between the hero and heroine is fantastic. Slow and sweet, with witty banter to fill in the corners. Both characters are fully developed and realistic, with layers of problems they’re dealing with (who ever has only one problem going on in their lives at once?). The town is full of delightful characters, and the plot, whether it’s focused on the romance or the lawbreaking, never falters.
Cade has just arrived in Savage Wells to apply to be sheriff in this quiet, safe town – a far cry from the dangerous and gritty towns he worked in his ten-year career as a lawman. When all the applicants arrive at the jailhouse, he and two other men discover that the fourth applicant is Paisley Bell – a woman! Cade has trouble adjusting to the idea of a female sheriff, and in the beginning he and Paisley bicker and fight verbal battles almost constantly. But as they get to know one another, a deep and mutual respect builds. Their mutual respect is the foundation of their romance, and really, one of the best things about this book.
The romance builds slowly, and there’s no sex. It is 1875, after all. This knocks down one of my major objections to historical romances. I’m no longer interested in reading historical books that completely disregard the setting. In this book, it comes to life. Lots of the town’s residents are given their own quirks, problems, and perspectives. The town’s problems are people problems, like the inconvenience of a jail filled with ribbons because that’s where they’re sold. And the two farmers who have an inordinate amount of affection for a single hen. There are real problems, too. Cade and other men in the town are dealing with the repercussions of fighting in the American Civil War. And Paisley is taking care of her father, who is unable to take care of himself.
Paisley is wonderful – struggling to hold on to her way of life, dealing with her father’s problems, and fighting to be able to perform a job she does well against nearly universal prejudice. She’s defiant, witty, strong, and vulnerable.
I challenge you to fall in love with these characters and this town like I did, and to cheer for Paisley and Cade as they work to protect their quirky town from robbers and crooks.
Readers, I defer to you. I have nothing in my Have Read pile that fits. Have you read any sweet historical/Western romances recently that you would recommend to readers of The Sheriffs of Savage Wells?