Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson is one of those books, or keepers that I would run into a burning house to get off my bookshelf. Now that I’ve made my point, let me proceed to tell you why I love this book and reread it quite often. It’s become a ritual of sorts for me to reread this wonderful, wonderful book.
Burning passion, forbidden love in the western frontier seems to make a great combination for a story, don’t you agree? This story features another one of my favorite plot devices: the love triangle. Some readers don’t care for it because somebody’s bound to get hurt when they don’t deserve to be. Usually, the good guy does finish last.
Bostonian, Clementine Kennicutt, yearns to escape her father’s rule. She yearns for adventure. A knight in shining armor to whisk her away into the night. Her hero comes in the guise of Gus McQueen, whose looking for a wife to start up a homestead in Montana. Eloping with the cowboy, he takes Clementine with him and together they start off into the great western frontier to start their life together. When she gets there, she meets his brother, Zach Rafferty. He seems as untamed as the land that surrounds them.
Zach and Clem’s first meeting is electric. Gus doesn’t seem to understand why they can’t stand each other and that is where I will leave the story. While this story is heavily romantic, it is more about Clem’s life and her choices. This is her story. There were many, many memorable scenes in this book and again, this is a book that I love to reread. It’s a passionate love story and one that I strongly recommend. Ms. Williamson currently has no new books scheduled. I miss her voice very much. I’ve enjoyed quite a few of her books including her first mystery, Mortal Sins. It’s a mystery set in New Orleans. I’ll have to do a review for it, next time.
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and didn’t stuff yourselves. Next time your in the used bookstore, grab a copy of Heart of the West by Penleope Williamson.