One of the classic story lines for romance novels–specifically western ones–is the “Law man meets a good woman and considers hanging up his guns” scenario. There are a few really well-written renditions of this story line, but often the plot goes pretty much the same: a toughened law man (or in some cases gun man), meets up with a woman (which was never in his plans), usually has to save her and gets hurt in the process…they realize they can’t live without each other so he either hangs up his guns or becomes the sheriff of a peaceful little town. While this story line often comes up and can become a little predictable; I have a few in this category I really like.
“Anna Finch and the Hired Gun” by Kathleen Y’Barbo: When Anna goes for a morning ride and starts shooting at a log, she accidentally hits a law man on the trail of Doc Holliday; but what if she is on Doc Holliday’s trail too, for very different reasons? And what will happen when she finds out that the man she shot is her new body guard?
“A Plain and Simple Heart” by Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith: The Sheriff just wants another couple weeks of peace and quiet before leaving the business of law-keeping and pursuing his real dream; but his prayers go unanswered when the women in his town decide to take the law against prohibition into their own hands. And why would a peace-loving Amish woman join their ranks?
“Love on the Line” by Deeanne Gist: One of the only female telephone operators and avid bird-watcher and self-proclaimed guardian of all things fowl, Georgie Gail is insulted when the man sent to repair telephones seems to want to take over her job..and her heart. What she doesn’t know is that he is a famous law man,,,and that she has see him before. When the much loved Comer Gang comes under surveillance, questions arise…who is the good guy and who is the bad guy? Amid trials and temptations, Gail must learn who she can trust…with her life and with her heart.
These are just a few of the best and most recent I have read, but there are many out there.
What is your favourite novel in this theme?