Her thirst for adventure saw Regan Carmichael on her way to
Paradise in Wyoming Territory as a mail-order bride to
Doctor Colton Lee. On the last stretch of the stagecoach
trip, Regan alone with the driver and the guard, outlaws
attack them. Never one to shy away from danger, Regan takes
her Winchester and shoots: one outlaw is dead, another
injured. Now it's only Regan and the guard, when another
group of men approaches their vehicle; and again, Regan
shoots ... and hits her intended in the shoulder. Colt is
not amused, and he seriously reconsiders marrying again, but
his six-year-old daughter Anna needs a mother, and that's
all Regan will be. Regan's hopes to make this unorthodox
union work are dashed, and the good doctor is the most
handsome man she has ever met.
Beverly Jenkins comes out all guns blazing in the final book
of this trilogy as the fabulous chapter one sets the tone
for another exciting novel set in the American West. While
TEMPEST stands perfectly on its own, some details pertaining
to Regan's family might escape the reader who hasn't read
the two previous installments. Regan is a supremely
appealing character: strong, independent, unconventional,
big-hearted, and honest to a fault. Somehow, I didn't feel
Colt quite measured up: he's a good man, hard-working, and
adores his daughter. I think my impression was tinged by how
he acted at the beginning of their marriage; while I know
his behavior towards his wife was perfectly acceptable in
1885, it made me a tad uncomfortable; I didn't quite
possess Regan's magnanimity. I was also a bit confused, and
this was probably because of my own preconceptions, but I
had assumed that the townsfolk of Paradise were mainly
African-Americans, when in fact it was the opposite. I think
it was the lack of discrimination that threw me off,
(happily) strange to say, that people of Color were
integrated into the community; however, when racism showed
its ugly head, it was shocking.
TEMPEST is a passionate romance, but it also an enlightening
book, as Ms. Jenkins educates us as well, weaving history
and fiction seamlessly, highlighted by vivid descriptions.
The characters are exquisitely drawn, and I adored Regan,
but also the marvelous Spring, Colt's sister. I hope that
Ms. Jenkins will find a way to write Spring's story because
she is almost as fabulous as Regan. Colt's grandfather Ben,
and great-aunt Minnie were also frighteningly realistic.
Little Anna is one of the best-written children I have read
in the context of a romance: she is an essential part of the
story; she is genuinely charming.
Some scenes in TEMPEST will remain etched in my memory: the
regal Regan enchanting effortlessly the whole town; her
first encounter with her horse Star, and all those everyday
details that take a story from black and white to vibrant
Technicolor. Yet again, Beverly Jenkins has written an
extraordinary novel; so what's new!?!
From USA Today Bestselling Author Beverly
Jenkins comes a new novel in a mesmerizing series set in the
Old West, where an arranged marriage becomes a grand passion
. . .
What kind of mail-order bride greets her intended with a
bullet instead of a kiss? One like Regan Carmichael—an
independent spirit equally at home in denims and dresses.
Shooting Dr. Colton Lee in the shoulder is an honest error,
but soon Regan wonders if her entire plan to marry a man
she’s never met is a mistake. Colton, who buried his heart
along with his first wife, insists he only wants someone to
care for his daughter. Yet Regan is drawn to the
unmistakable desire in his gaze.
Regan’s far from the docile bride Colton was expecting.
Still, few women would brave the wilds of Wyoming Territory
for an uncertain future with a widower and his child. The
thought of having a bold, forthright woman like Regan in his
life—and in his arms—begins to inspire a new dream. And
despite his family’s disapproval and an unseen enemy, he’ll
risk all to make this match a real union of body and soul.