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Outlaw's Bride by Lori Copeland

Reviewed by Vickie McDonough

"Start with a unique premise, toss in a knee-slapping hilarious ending, and a tender romance, and Outlaw's Bride is sure to be a favorite among readers."

Can the love of a woman change the path of a man bent on revenge?

In the wrong place at the wrong time, Johnny McAllister finds himself on the wrong side of the law. A merciful judge who sees something positive in Johnny, sentences him to serve time in a rehabilitation home under the supervision of Judge Proctor McCann. Johnny plans to be the perfect prisoner so that his sentence will be shortened and he can hit the road and track down Dirk Bledso, the man who murdered Johnny’s parents and little sisters. He has spent sixteen years searching for Bledso, and it’s just a matter of time until their paths cross.

Ragan Ramsey is the judge’s housekeeper. She sees something in Johnny that she hasn’t seen in other prisoners who have stayed with the judge. She believes Johnny is innocent, and her heart goes out to the reserved man who seems so alone. In spite of her better judgment, she starts to care for Johnny. But will he give up his quest for revenge for her sake? Or will she lose the only man she’s ever loved?

Outlaw's Bride is a sweet romance with a powerful message of letting go of past hurts. It’s a tug-of-war between a stubborn, determined man and a caring but equally tenacious woman. Johnny’s only goal in life is to kill the man who killed his family. Ragan longs to help him see that he’s no better than Dirk Bledso unless he gives up his quest and allows God to exact vengeance. Readers will ache for Johnny, a man completely alone in the world, without any family or friends, and will yearn for Ragan to find love and someone to help her with the difficult life she endures.

Outlaw's Bride is a reprint of a 1999 release by Lori Copeland titled The Bride of Johnny McAllister. The characters will tug at your heart, and the quirky townsfolk with their bumbling plans to stop outlaws from shooting up their town will make you smile. Start with a unique premise, toss in a knee-slapping hilarious ending, and a tender romance, and Outlaw's Bride is sure to be a favorite among readers.

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Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.