Book Summery (Via Goodreads):When Kate Thompson's father is killed by the notorious Red Rose Gang for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate. In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.
Wow. Where to begin? Initially my interest was piqued by a YA western. It's just not something I had run across before, I am not really familiar with westerns, so this was a bit of a gamble, but it paid off. What I stumbled across was a fast-paced story full of action, revenge, and a touch (very, very light) of romance We first meet Kate, almost initially she finds her father dead, hanging from a tree on their homestead. Right away, you get the sense of a headstrong character that is full of loyalty, determination, and a bit of stubbornness. She is flawed, it works beautifully in this story. The western setting really adds something special to overall plot. Characters come and go along Kate's vengeful journey, but each carries their unique personality, leaving their fingerprint on Kate, as well as the reader. Overall, Bowman has delivered an exceptional and memorable tale. I definitely look forward to reading more by this author!
Cover Art Commentary:
I LOVE this cover. It is unlike any other book cover I have ever seen before. It is what initially drew me to this novel in the first place.