Gabriella Devere wants vengeance. She grows up quickly when she witnesses the murder of her family by a gang of outlaws, and vows to make them pay for their crime. When the law won’t help her, she takes matters into her own hands. Jess McLowry left his war-torn Southern home to head West, where he hired out his gun. When he learns what happened to Gabriella’s family, and what she plans, he knows a young woman like her will have no chance against the outlaws, and vows to save her the way he couldn’t save his own family. But the price of vengeance is high and Gabriella’s willingness to sacrifice everything ultimately leads to the book’s deadly and startling conclusion.
This is a harsh and gritty tale of the old West, somewhat reminiscent of Charles Portis’ True Grit or Nancy Turner’s These is My Words.
[This novel was previously published under the pseudonym JoMarie Lodge.]
Joanne Pence is best known as a mystery writer (14-book series published by HarperCollins) but she has also written historical fiction, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and a fantasy. Her historical and romance novels were first released under the pseudonym “JoMarie Lodge,” but now all books are available as e-books and most are also in print. The stories as they present a variety of times, places, and reading experiences from mysterious to thrilling, emotional to lightly humorous, as well as powerful tales of times long past.