Sometimes the simple goodness of a dream reminds us how to fall in love.
1896 Oklahoma Indian Territory.
Mary Goode has spent nearly a decade hiding her sweetly off-kilter brother, Robin, and two fellow misfits after she rescued them from a brutal institution. But unknown to Mary, the trio’s fascination with Robin Hood and their hero’s crusade to “steal from the rich and give to the poor” may have led to a few actual robberies.
U.S. Marshal Shane Latimer is on the trail of the inept Robin Hood and his shabby band of not-so-tough Merry Men when his rattlesnake-spooked-horse lands him in the care of Robin’s fiercely protective sister, Mary, aka Maid Marian.
He’s instantly charmed by Mary’s devotion to her whimsical brood but worries that she may be hiding the truth. Still, for a cynical loner like Shane, the appeal of their family affection, love, and loyalty, combined with Mary’s growing hold on his heart, is hard to resist.
Mary is equally torn. This wounded stranger could be the man of her dreams, and for the first time in her life she has someone to share the challenges of keeping her brigands out of trouble.
But will her quest for happiness forever shatter the idyllic life she’s forged for her special family?
And how will Shane reconcile his duties as a lawman with his love for Maid Marian and her outlaws?
Once Upon a Time, Deb Stover wanted to be Lois Lane, until she discovered Clark Kent is a fraud and there is no Superman. Since publication of her first novel in 1995, Stover has received dozens of awards for her unique work in Romance, Fantasy and Mystery, including a Career Achievement award from Romantic Times BookClub in 2005.
I don’t normally pick these types of books up. From the cover it looks like an all-out romance, which doesn’t do it for me at all, I only choose to read it because of the book tour, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a lovely historical romp that gives us believable characters and twist on a well-loved story.
It kind of had a ‘Sound of Music’ vibe to me and the whole story, with its charming prose, was a soft and pleasing break for me from my normal paranormal romance and horror books. I really enjoyed the humour and found myself smiling through most of the book.
From a writer’s perspective, there were parts of the story I wouldn’t have focused on personally, but they still worked overall, to be honest though, as I don’t write these kinds of romances I’m really not best placed to judge content. Part of me was desperate to have one of the characters killed and come back as a zombie – it’s hard for my dark little mind not to go there with everything I read and write . The theme of family loyalty was strong and a pleasant change of pace from my usual reading material.
The front cover is pretty, but like I said above, I’d have never picked it up on the basis of this cover; which is a shame. Perhaps a less ‘vintage romance’ cover would widen its appeal to readers such as myself who don’t necessarily go in for full-on romance books, but could still use a smile, or twelve!
Overall I’d give Maid Marian & The Lawman 4 out of 5 stars – like a warm gentle hug in book form.