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Colter's Wife (Thorndike Core) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Joan Johnston


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Jan 2004 Thorndike Core
"New York Times" bestselling author Joan Johnston, who "writes brisk romance chock-full of compelling conflicts and strong local color" ("Publishers Weekly"), evokes the grandeur, excitement, and danger of the American frontier in this sweeping historical novel. When Kinyan Holloway's husband is killed in a range accident, she has no idea how she and her children will manage. Torn between the Sioux world in which she was raised and maintaining her husband's ranch - the largest in the Wyoming Territory - she knows only that somehow she will not just survive but preserve her children's heritage for them. Into her life rides Benjamin Colter, a scarred stranger who's fast with his gun. Colter has tried to put vengeance behind him, but the past seems destined to catch up with him. What he wants now is Kinyan Holloway - and her ranch - but he can get them only if he defeats a deadly rival and agrees to become a father to three children who awnt more from him than he's able to give.
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  • Hardcover: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786261153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786261154
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.4 x 2.8 cm

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"Johnston writes sprawling, sensuous romance that will keep readers reading." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just the kind of Western I like. 8 May 2000
By "car6146614" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Benjamin Colter was a battle-scarred ex-Rebel soldier who's been on the search for the men who killed his wife and daughter. Kinyan is a widow with three children looking for a way to save her ranch and in order to that she must marry. She's not crazy about the idea, neither are her twin boys, but from the time she and Ben meet, you know an fast-paced, sensual plot is going to emerge. I like the way the author developed Ben's relationship with Kinyan's twin boys, and eventually her young daughter (who reminds him of his little girl). As the plot unfolds, it's clear that Kinyan's husband's death was no accident. The author creates some intriguing characters, including a saloon whore who's tied to the villain. I like the scenes where Colter is teaching Kinyan how to defend herself, and when Ben is injured, Kinyan is determined to help her depressed husband use his other senses to in order to save their family. The way the author weaved those scenes in was pure genius.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book 25 July 2004
By Elaine C McTyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I haven't read many of Joan Johnston's books, but I loved this one.

Kinyan Holloway was married to an older man when she was 14. Her father a Souix warrior gave her to Holloway for his wife. Now 11 years later her husband is dead is a range accident.

Left with a 300,000 acre ranch to run and 3 children, with no knowledge of how to run a ranch, she has to think about taking a man she doesn't know or a man she doesn't like in marriage.

Colter is recovering from the pursuit of the 3 men who killed his wife and daughter leaving him to die from knife wounds. He has found 2 of the men and after 7 years of searching has decided to give up and buy another ranch and settle down.

Fate brings him into the life of Kinyan at the critical time she has to choose to sell her ranch or marry Ritter Gordon a man her husband hated.

She chooses Colter, with Ritter determined to somehow prevail and get the ranch, there is lots of action. Not to mention the attraction between the newlyweds. Colter has to manage the ranch and learn to feel again not just for Kinyan but her 10 year old twin sons and 5 year old Lizabeth.

The currents between all the members of the family and the battle Colter wages to regain his humanity as well as hold on to the ranch against a determined adversary make this one of the most delightful western adventures I have read.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Tale! 19 Jan 2005
By Nancy Compton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wyoming Territory, 1875

COLTER'S WIFE is absolutely enjoyable! You won't be disappointed!

Drifter, Benjamin Colter suffered the unimaginably cruel deaths of his wife and daughter and now he found himself in the Wyoming Territory to begin anew.

Kinyan Holloway just found herself a young widow with a sprawling ranch and she had no idea on how to manage it. A marriage of convenience to experienced rancher Benjamin seems to fit everyone's needs. Through trials and tribulations they discover love.

A must read for a western historical romance readers!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!!!!! WOW! 28 Oct 2004
By Love 2 Read Novels - Published on Amazon.com
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The book has been very well reviewed by others. I only wanted to add that this was an outstanding read! It will stay on my bookshelf for reading again in the future. It has all the elements in it that make it a great story. I highly recommend it! You won't be dissapointed! Be sure to set aside some time because you won't want to put it down!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT OLD FASHIONED WESTERN! 7 Oct 2006
By Mona R. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wonderful story in the same vein as "Lonesome Dove". This hero is the strong, silent, hurting type that every woman wants. He's deadly with a gun, says what he means, means what he says; the heroine is part Native American and her spirit can't be broken. Her three kids are typical kids: the boys get into all kinds of mischief; the little girl is so sweet even when the hero snarls at her for small infractions because he hurts too much because she reminds him of his dead daughter. The love scenes are wonderfully written and the final ending scenes are "happy ever after". This book will stay with you long after you've read it.
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