While this is a departure from the inspirational historical fiction I usually review, the inspiration is there. I’ve known the author all of my life. He is my dad. And if I ever thought it was too late to accomplish a goal or realize a dream, he has blown those excuses away like so many dandelion seeds.
Howard Worley’s first novel, THE STAGECOACH MURDERS, is a perfect blend of Louis L’Amour meets Zane Grey – a western romance!
Beautiful Lily MacIntyre travels west with her parents where her father will run the Wilkinson-Hall Stage Line. When the stage stops in Arizona City, Boone Osborne joins the ride. Lily is annoyed with herself for being drawn to the handsome ex-Texas Ranger, but when her father is murdered on the stagecoach and her mother dies of a broken heart, Lily finds herself bent on revenge and Boone the means to find it.
Their hearts soon become entwined and love ensues. But is it enough? Boone seeks justice, Lily seeks vengeance—both want to find the killer. If they cannot trust each other, can they trust their own heart?
I enjoyed this book so very much. I was amazed at how my dad, without studying the craft, gave such voice to each of his characters. And he never forgot a thread or took his reader down an empty path.
And while his book was not written specifically for the CBA market – I would have liked to have edited a couple of words with darn and heck (Dad said no, his bad guys would not have talked that way!) – if you enjoy Louis L’Amour or Zane Grey, you are going to enjoy this book!
I would venture to say if you like a tale of romance, sprinkled with a rich historical setting, you are going to enjoy the book as well. I know the research Dad did for the book, and I love the way he turned it into story. It reminds me of how he could bring dull history books to life for me while I was growing up.
I liked Boone, an ex-Texas Ranger, who was educated at a military academy in the East and represented strong values in his approach to life. Lily, strong-willed and passionate, won my admiration, too, with the way she grabbed onto life and never let go.
DAD’S BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM AND KINDLE: http://www.amazon.com/Stagecoach-Murders-Howard-Worley/dp/147761382X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341626469&sr=1-1&keywords=howard+worley
Watch for it soon on BARNES&NOBLE and NOOK.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” KJV Psalms 19:14