Author: Erin Bowman
Published On: 9/1/15
Page Count: 318
Synopsis: (Found on Goodreads)
When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate.
Overall Rating: 5/5
Overall I would highly recommend picking this up even if you think you don't like westerns. You learn acceptance and loss throughout the book and get a strong independent female as your main character.
I absolutely love how the cover fits into the western description. All the way to the guns that belonged to Kate`s dad. I`m excited that the arc is the final cover because it is honestly what drew me in to read the synopsis.
Kate: Sums up the definition of a read western female. All the wants to do is make her father proud. She is a steady shot and even though she has those “girly” moments they fit her character so well.
Jesse: The ideal big brother. He takes control and thinks before acting. Although this is great at times the rest of it drove Kate and myself as the reader crazy.
Will: He`s an independent little brother and in my head I nicknamed him the “trickster.”
Waylon Rose: His whole persona encompasses everything the Wild West outlaw was about. Love how Erin incorporated Waylon to have a signature on his victims.
After reading I did learn this was loosely based on the mining story of “The Dutchman.” Which is kind of really cool if you go read about it. Kate starts out to seek revenge for her father but ends up learning so much about herself that the book leaves you wanting more for her.