Faye Riordan has always been his mother's child, a sensitive painter ridiculed by his father and brothers who are cold businessmen. After getting his heart bruised by his first love, Riordan wants to show his mettle as a US Marshal. But Riordan has little experience and much to prove, will he be able to rise to the challenge and bring in the most infamous outlaws of all?
I've been reading Gilbert Morris books since I was about eleven years old, and no matter how old I get I don't think that I'll ever not enjoy his books. There's just something special about his books even though many of them are rather straightforward in style.
This story in particular is not so much a romance -- he doesn't meet Rosa until literally halfway into the story-- but rather the tale of Riordan's journey into becoming a man, and finding his path.
When I first started reading this book I did a double take, because it certainly wasn't how I expected a western book to begin, but as I kept reading it all became clear and I settled in for an adventure. I immediately liked Riordan, for his determination and good nature.
Overall this was a great western read, with plenty of bad guys, and great supporting characters. Like Hannah the Moravian missionary, who played a huge role in encouraging both Riordan and Rosa in their faith. While this wasn't my favorite by Gilbert Morris, it was definitely a enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.