Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: Anna Finch and the Hired Gun
Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Year/Setting: 1885/Denver, Colorado Territory
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Kathleen's Website/Blog: www.kathleenybarbo.com
If only Anna Finch could figure out a way to get rid of the hired gun her father employed she would be the independent woman she was born to be; at least that’s what Anna thought. Anna was prone to getting into fixes that either she couldn’t get out of by herself or was a tad shy of tarnishing her reputation. Her father’s stipulation was the hired gun or a husband.
Anna had no husband prospects of her own, though her parents had a few. Anna couldn’t marry just anybody, she had to love him, he had to be God-fearing and he had to allow her to continue her love of writing. Anna’s independence was important to her but little by little this hired gun was gaining her interest.
Pinkerton agent Jeb Sanders was not used to following a troublesome female but this was his assignment and he would as with all assignments do it well. Between his growing attraction and finding out about Anna‘s association with none other than his nemesis Doc Holiday; troublesome was an understatement. This growing attraction between Jeb and Anna is making it difficult for her to write Doc’s story. What does God have in store for these two independent souls? Will Anna be ale to convince Jeb that Doc is not who he thinks he is? Will Jeb be able to let God handle the revenge he’s sought for years?
Kathleen Y’Barbo has done an excellent job of depicting the history of the famous Doc Holiday. The facts at the end of the story were interesting and you can tell that Ms Y’Barbo has done her research well. The way she weaved as many facts as the story would allow was obvious. This history doesn’t take away from the story, however, as Anna and Jeb’s romance will truly keep you turning the pages.
Anna Finch and the Hired Gun is a sequel to The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper though it stands alone. I’ve enjoyed taking a step back into the past. If you like history, romance and subtle inspiration, this is the book for you!
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