Maid Marian and the Lawman by Deb Stover
Genre: Historical Romance
Publication Date: December 13, 2013
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
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?
Maid Marian and the Lawman by Deb Stover is a wonderful historical romance based on the timeless story of Robin Hood. Deb Stover’s book is imaginative and well-written. Mary Goode makes a promise to her dying parents that she will always care for her older brother, Robin. He is somewhat slow and the book opens with her needing to save him from an asylum. She also ends up taking along an Indian and a tiny man, Little John and Friar Tucker. 🙂 They become a makeshift family out in the Indian Territory. Mary takes care of them and doesn’t plan on having children or a husband of her own, due to her promise to always take care of her brother.
Little John brings an injured stranger to their home, and Mary nurses the handsome stranger back to health. She is surprised to find that she has feelings for him, as this is something she hasn’t ever felt before. She begins falling for the man, who is being called Will Scarlet, as he claims to not know who he is or what he was doing in the area. In reality, he is Shane Latimer, a U.S. Marshal, and he is there trying to arrest Robin Hood and his Merry Men. However, he becomes more attached to the little band of ‘outlaws’ than he anticipated, and he discovers there are more important things than disbanding the Merry Men.
This story is such a fun and intriguing romance and I love all the sub-stories contained within. The characters are well-developed and I really enjoyed getting to know them. I was absolutely delighted with this story. There were times when I laughed out loud while reading. Deb Stover does a great job of telling a believable story that really makes your heart happy.
About the Author
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.