I just loved Betsy and Joel. There was great chemistry between them and plenty of humorous situations. While there are fun and lighthearted moments, the story also deals with the Bald Knobbers, which adds a touch of danger. This was an entertaining read from start to finish.
Plot: Betsy Huckabee works with her uncle for the small local newspaper, but she dreams of writing more important stories. When Deputy Joel Puckett is sent to clear out the Bald Knobbers, a vigilante group that’s been taking the law into their own hands, Betsy sees this as her opportunity. She follows Joel around to find an interesting story, but when circumstances are not exciting enough, she begins embellishing and sends the stories away, hoping Joel will never see them. Meanwhile, Joel’s finding out that Betsy and her family are the only ones in town who seem to be on his side. Due to an unfortunate situation at home, he’s unable to return to Texas, so he’s determined to make things work out in his new job.
Characters: Betsy is full of spunk, a little bit of mischief and loyalty to her family. She’s a fun heroine, even if she tends to annoy Joel at the beginning of the book. Joel was introduced in Jennings’ Caught in the Middle, the last book of the Ladies of Caldwell County Series. He’s keeping secrets about his past, but I loved his determination and the fearless way he faces the Bald Knobbers.
Content: This story is appropriate for all readers. The romance was kept clean and the spiritual content was light enough that those who don’t enjoy inspirational may still like this story. While there was a bit of violence due to the subject matter, even that was very mild.
Recommendation: I’d highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical westerns and lighthearted romance. While it’s the third book of the series, it completely stands alone. I look forward to seeing what the author will have coming next!
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. This review is my honest opinion.