The simple goodness of a dream reminds us how to fall in love.
1896: Oklahoma Indian Territory.
Mary Goode has spent nearly a decade hiding her sweet, off-kilter brother, Robin, and two fellow misfits after she rescued them from a brutal institution. But unknown to Mary, the trio’s fascination with Robin Hood and their hero’s crusade to “steal from the rich and give to the poor” may have led to a few actual robberies.
U.S. Marshal Shane Latimer is on the trail of the inept Robin Hood and his shabby band of not-so-tough Merry Men when his rattlesnake-spooked-horse lands him in care of Robin’s fiercely protective sister, Mary, aka Maid Marian.
He’s instantly charmed by Mary’s devotion to her whimsical brood, but worries that she may be hiding the truth. Still, for a loner like Shane, the appeal of their family affection, love and loyalty, combined with Mary’s growing hold on his heart, is hard to resist.
Mary is equally torn. For the first time in her life she has someone to share the challenges of keeping her brood out of trouble. But will her quest for happiness forever shatter the idyllic life she’s forged for her special family…?
And how will Shane reconcile his duties as a lawman and his love for Maid Marian and her outlaw brood?
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It has been a while since I read a Historical Romance, and it has been even longer since I enjoyed one this much. This is a heartwarming story with an interesting plot, entertaining characters and one very unique setting: the Goode family’s version of Sherwood Forest.
Most of the characters are hiding something, and discovering the truth as the drama unfolds makes this a very entertaining story. Despite all the secrecy, however, Mary and company are very frank about their unconventional family: Robin is developmentally challenged, Little John is a 7 foot Native American and Friar Tuck is as smart as he is short… and he is very short. Mary is the glue holding this group together, and her unwavering love for Robin makes living as “Maid Marian” in “Sherwood Forest” possible.
Mary doesn’t know this, but her brother and his friends are wanted for robbery. U.S. Marshall Shane Latimer is on their trail but inadvertently becomes their guest after suffering a deadly snake bite. While recuperating in their home, a mutual affection blossoms between Mary and the Lawman, and after a while, he realizes the gang isn’t as dangerous as the Wanted posters claim.
Maid Marian and the Lawman is a romantic story with humor, adventure and extremely likable characters. The book is well written and kept my attention from start to finish. You can’t help but root for Shane and Mary, Robin and his Merry Men and the other characters you met along the way. There is a villain to contend with, and I liked how that aspect of the story plays out. No spoilers here, but it makes for an exciting dimension to this sweet story of friendship, family and courtship. I would recommend this book to any fan of Historical Romance and Happy Ever Afters. – kris
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
Once upon a time Deb Stover wanted to be Lois Lane until she discovered Clark Kent is a fraud and there is no Superman. Since publication of Shades of Rose in 1995, Stover has received dozens of awards for her cross-genre fiction and published more than two dozen projects in a variety of languages. For more information, please visit www.debstover.com.