A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan

51UPmbMLReL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Rachel Matthews isn’t one to rely on others to take care of her. Destitute and alone, she still wants to make her own way and her own money–even if she’s forced into the life of a dance hall girl. Horrified by her circumstances, Rachel’s brother sends a friend–the widely admired cattle baron John McIntyre–to rescue her, then sets off to earn enough money to buy back the family ranch. But when months pass without her brother’s return, Rachel isn’t sure she can take one more day in John McIntyre’s home–especially once she discovers that he’s the one who holds the deed to her family’s ranch.

Sparks fly between this spunky, independent heroine and the ruggedly handsome hero as they navigate the snarled terrain of pride, greed, faith, and love in Maggie Brendan’s delightful series set in the Old West.

About The Author

Maggie Brendan is the CBA bestselling author of the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series, as well as The Trouble with Patience. Her books have received the Book Buyers Best Award from the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America and the Laurel Wreath Award. A member of the American Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers, and Author’s Guild, Maggie lives in Georgia.

My Thoughts

Maggie Brendan is one of my favorite authors. Her ability to write far exceeds many in her field.  She has the ability, talent, to bring characters to life allowing them to, at times, leap from the pages of the novel. Such were the characters in this novel, the second in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series. I enjoyed every word.

When this story begins, Rachel is a saloon girl, dancing her way to independence, not relying on anyone for help. When her brother’s friend, John, a handsome, rich, very eligible bachelor, receives a letter from Preston, he urges John to rescue his sister.  John does so, and puts her to work.  As sparks fly between John and Rachel as the story progresses, so does the flame in the heart of every other girl in town.

When Rachel’s brother dies mid plot, he leaves her a strong box which holds the key to her independence, her future, and regaining a bit of her past. This book is a page turner, exciting, romantic, and suspenseful with a bit of humor…everything you could ask for in a novel!

I enjoyed the historical insight shared in this novel about Montana, ranching, and saloon girls.  Where as I often assumed that these women were prostitutes, I learned that they were mostly just women who needed a job, wives, daughters, and sometimes mothers, who waitressed and danced for a living.

I know you will enjoy the hours reading this captivating novel. Thank you to the author and Revell for a copy in exchange for this honest review.