“Grace’s Folly” by Kathleen Lawless

“Grace’s Folly” by Kathleen Lawless was an historical western romance.  It’s the story of Grace Abbott, who against her father’s wishes, has become a doctor and practices medicine in small towns in the west.  She is always moving from town to town to thwart any Pinkerton agents from finding her.  Her father is determined to find her.  His idea of being a woman is that she stays at home and is coddled and kept free from any day to day problems.  Grace has always wanted to be a doctor, so she finagles a way to do that and keep her father ignorant of that fact.   She bribed an unknown drifter to marry her for money and forget about the marriage.  She then told her father that she married a doctor and requests money from him so that she can start medical practices when she moves to new places.  Now her father is getting older and she feels that she needs to go home.  Of course, there is no husband.

Dex Abbott is a Pinkerton agent who is on her trail.  He is shot while trying to stop a train robbery and is treated by Grace.  She talks Dex into pretending to be her husband and a doctor and returning home with her for a visit.  Of course he agrees because he can keep her under his radar until they get to her father’s house.

I liked this story; however it was not one of my favorites.  I had a little problem with the fact that after a few hours, Grace decides to trust a stranger, travel with him, and spend days and nights with him with no idea of who he is or what he does.  I also had a problem with the fact that they became physically involved so soon.

I would probably reluctantly recommend this book to anyone who wants a fast light read.

I received a free print copy of this book for my honest review from the publisher. The opinions expressed here are my own.


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