Jeanne Marie Leach crafts her historical western novel around a protective yet naïve mother, her outlaw son, and the handsome bounty hunter who captures her heart.
Mattie’s plight is clear throughout the story. She must find her son Will and help him make his peace with God. She will not rest until she accomplishes her goal. In her devotion to God and to her son, bounty hunter Cyrus Braydon finds much to admire in Mattie, an attractive widow who both intrigues and frustrates him.
Their journeys—apart and together—lead them to and away from Will, but ultimately closer to God.
Leach’s novel is well-crafted and easy to read. I especially liked the title character, Mattie Gordon. She is likeable and believable, not only for her faith in God and devotion to her son, but also in her naïveté, her wish to believe the best rather than the worst about all people.
I recommend this novel for fans of period western romances.
Author's website: www.jeannemarieleach.com