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After severe lightning causes a terrifying cattle stampede that almost kills Wyatt Yarbro, he undergoes an unexpected change of heart about his cattle rustling career. Doubts he has aplenty but he knows his days are numbered if he continues this nomadic, criminal life. Returning to Stone Creek, where his brother is the town's Sheriff, he experiences just how much change will challenge him. Within a day of his arrival, he meets Miss Sarah Tamlin and is deputized by his brother who's out to round up Wyatt's former nefarious friends.
Sarah is just as shocked by Wyatt's effect on her emotions, but she also knows that she can't be part of his life because of her own secret which may be revealed sooner rather than later. For her ex-lover, Charles Elliott Langstreet, shows up with a young boy and threatens to take over the bank business she and her father have struggled to maintain through some staggering debt and hard times. Now that her father is showing signs of dementia, the burden is hers alone. Anxious about the future, she shows her gritty personality in her decision to do everything possible to keep Charles out of the picture.
Little does Wyatt imagine just how involved he's about to become with Sarah, especially after he helps thwart a bank robbery and participates in a shoot-out leading to three deaths.
Sarah, however, isn't so worried about her own skin that she can't be there for others in need. What will she do with Owen Langstreet, the young boy who is left with Sarah for several weeks? What can she do for a young woman, Kitty, turned whore whose daughter is about to come to Stone Creek as a teacher?
The Rustler is a captivating Western, romantic tale that contains more than enough romance and intrigue to grip the reader's interest in this page-turning, gritty but oh so loving story! It's a delightful story that makes the reader feel he or she were just as comfortable and tensely involved with the Stone Creek residents' lives. There's plenty more to enjoy about this dangerous, passionate account written by a very talented author!
Wonderfully done, Ms. Linda Lael Miller!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on September 15, 2008