Irish-born Margaret Mary Flaherty leaves New York City for Colorado carrying the signed proof her brother needs to keep greedy landowners from stealing his ranch. Joshua Turner, U.S. Marshal, is headed to Colorado to investigate charges of cattle rustling and land fraud.
Their paths cross in the middle of enemy territory, where Marshal Turner comes to the aid when Maggie's stagecoach is attached by hostile Indians. One look at the handsome marshal, and Maggie swears her destiny's calling to her from the depths of his brilliant green eyes. One look at the fiery-haired woman with eyes the color of cornflowers and Joshua wonders if he's finally found the woman who will teach him how to love.
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The Marshal's Destiny is a wonderful western romantic story with very believable well-developed characters. The story begins when Irish-born Maggie Flaherty leaves New York City after her mother dies and heads for Colorado to her brother’s ranch. Hostile Indians attack Maggie’s stagecoach and Maggie herself is attached to the inside of the carriage by an arrow. On his way to investigate charges of cattle rustling and land fraud in Colorado, Marshal Joshua Turner assists in removing the arrow from Maggie’s shoulder and it is love at first sight for both of them.
I truly enjoyed C.H. Admirand’s descriptions. For example, Maggie knew that her destiny was calling to her “from the depths of his brilliant green eyes.” Also, Joshua describes Maggie’s eyes as “the color of cornflowers.” The part that really got to me though was when Joshua observed that since his and Maggie’s blood mingled together when he saved her life, they were now connected to each other, similar to when his Scottish ancestors mingled their blood together in exchange of wedding vows.
I listened to the Audible version of this book and Elizabeth Scott did an excellent job narrating this story. Her performance reflected the proper tones during the more series parts of the book, as well as the lighter and more comedic parts of the book. In particular, Elizabeth really brought Maggie to life as a feisty redheaded Irish woman, much like Maureen O’Hara did in the movie The Quiet Man. Well done!
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