A single day shattered her life and set in motion, events that would change the Sullivan family for generations.
Marnie Joe Sullivan had the perfect life as the daughter of a wealthy Virginia businessman, but perfection wouldn't last. As the War Between the States ends, she is struggling to keep her family together. After a botched robbery, fleeing rebels leave her mother dead and Marnie at the mercy of a killer. The year is 1867 and Virginia is still home to Confederate conspirators and a killer that must be stopped. Loyalty and love run deep in the Sullivan family and Marnie is no exception. As the eldest Sullivan, she feels obligated to rescue her father from the hangman’s noose. But a jailbreak at midnight lands her in the arms of Marshal Mason Kane.
Death is never fair. Mason Kane is proof of that. The horror of war and the death of his brother made him a drunk. Consumed by guilt and grief, he finds himself occupying Richmond saloons and starting fights. But a forgotten promise to his brother forces him to put down the bottle and accept a friend’s plea for help. Mason has no idea that the scrawny, mud covered boy he just hit is Sullivan’s daughter and he has no idea just how tempting she is until he tries to mend her wounds. Bound by honor and promise, Mason sets out to find a killer. What he finds is the outlaw Marnie Sullivan. A woman he can’t live without and secrets that lie in the way.
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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Sullivan's Way by Wilhelmina Stolen is a 2014 5 Prince Publishing release. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Marnie's family has been through a lot and their struggles are far from over. With the war between the states winding down, the aftershocks are still being felt. In the midst of this Marnie's father finds himself jailed and facing the gallows. Marnie is so desperate to save him and no one is willing to help her. So, she sets off on her own to see her father and encounters a lawman named Mason Kane.
When Marnie's brother,Lucas, finally returns home and discovers his sister's theatrics , Lucas wasn't thrilled, but he gains respect for Mason until he finds out Mason has designs on Marnie.
Marnie's family has a few secrets and have dealt with unimaginable heartache and loss. Mason also has suffered great loss and that binds him to this family because of a common enemy. Mason is also a divorced man who feels he let his ex-wife down and knows he could never give Marnie the life she deserves.
This western style historical romance touches on the aftermath of the civil war, family secrets and the problems that surface due to secrets being kept that could have prevented so many misunderstandings. Mason is a proud man that blames himself for many things and is tricked into believing he was responsible for things he had no control over. This has Mason thinking Marnie has betrayed him. There is also a little intrique and some very harsh revelations come to light. Lucas is Marnie's brother, but not by blood. Lucas is in search of his identity and before he can really move forward with his life he feels he must uncover his past. His story must be one that will be explored in the future.
I liked Marnie because she was so loyal to her family and loved with all her heart. She is stubborn, proud, and strong and is determined to survive anything life throws at her. Mason is too hard on himself and at times too hard on others. His jealousy over Marnie and Lucas was way too over the top. He made up his mind about them and then refused to turn loose of the idea despite Marnie's protestations. Those were a few of the issues I had with Mason. He just didn't trust Marnie from the very beginning and so when certain circumstance came to light he refused to think about the situation rationally.
The other parts of the story involving the Sullivan family's trials and the mines someone is determined to take from them had an interesting twist that I never suspected. This part of the story was just a little rushed but this book is not very long, so enough was revealed that the reader can get the idea without a lot of explanation. Overall this is an enjoyable romance novel I would recommend to those that enjoy historical romances, especially in the western sub-genre. This one is 3 stars.