For the past seven years, Ginger Freeman has had one goal: find Grant Kelley and make him pay for allowing her brother to die. Growing up motherless with a father who leads an outlaw gang, Ginger isn’t exactly peaches and cream. So when she finally tracks down Grant on a wagon train headed west, she figured providence had stepped in and given her the chance she’s been waiting for. On the wagon train, finally surrounded by a sense of family and under the nurturing eye of Toni Rodde, Ginger begins to lose her rough edges. She’s made friends for the first time and has become part of something bigger than revenge. Not only has her heart softened toward people in general, but God has become a reality she never understood before. And watching Grant doctor the pioneers, she’s realized she can’t just kill him and leave the train without medical care. Putting her anger aside, before long, Ginger’s a functioning part of the group.But when the outlaw gang, headed by her pa, shows up and infiltrates the wagon train, she is forced to question her decision. Only self-sacrifice and her new relationship with God can make things right. But it might also means she loses everything she’s begun to hold dear.
My two cents worth:
Saddle up your horse and get ready for an exciting ride into the life of Ginger Freeman, whose personality is as spicy as her name. Ginger’s familiar with the lying, cheating, stealing, killing world of ‘outlawin’. Her mother left her with an indifferent and ‘wanted’ father. Despite her difficult and unpredictable upbringing, she holds a strong tie with her two brothers…which is why she’s placed herself on a wagon train so she can kill the man who allowed her oldest brother to die: Dr. Grant Kelley. Unfortunately for Ginger, getting to know the people on the wagon train and the compassionate doctor, has taken a bit of sting out of her revenge. In fact, instead of wishing for his death, she’s softening to the idea of ’til death do us part’.
But Ginger’s father and his band of miscreants attack the wagon train and share more than some fear and bullet holes…they bring cholera with them. When Dr. Kelley takes care of Ginger’s younger brother, and even her father, despite his knowledge of her connection with the outlaws, she realizes how wrong she’s been about him. Not only that, but the faith she witnesses in practice begins to transform her life.
The only problem is:
What will Grant Kelley do when he finds out that she belongs to the same outlaws responsible for killing his wife? Will he be able to understand that her vengeful heart has truly melted under his tenderness and compassion?
I’d never read Tracey Bateman before, but you can bet your holster I’ll pick one of her books up again. This novel is well written and keeps up a fantastic pace. Ginger’s character is believable with internal conflict that appears realistic and genuine. Grant Kelley’s the kind of guy any lady would like to meet out on the prairie somewhere…or anywhere else for that matter, he’s honest, dedicated, compassionate…and as Miss Sadie would say “Right handsome”. I was particularly drawn to Elijah and I absolutely fell in love with Miss Sadie. This is a quick, fun, entertaining, and spiritually sweet book.