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Colter's Wife (Thorndike Core) Hardcover – Large Print, Jan 2004

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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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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Just the kind of Western I like. 8 May 2000
By "car6146614" - Published on
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.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Very Good Book 25 July 2004
By Elaine C McTyer - Published on
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
A Wonderful Tale! 19 Jan 2005
By Nancy Compton - Published on
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An exciting western romance 3 Sep 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
preadolscent twin sons who live with her Ogala Sioux parents. Though she loves them and will miss them, Kinyan has lived among the whites ever since her father gave her to rancher John Halloway as his bride eleven years ago; she knows it is time to go home besides which her yougest child waits there for her.
With John dead in the riding acident, Kinyan feels she must keep the largest spread in the territory safe for her children. However, her Indian beau Rides-the-Wind wants her though she no longer loves him as she did before she was given to John. Her nieghbor Ritter Gordon wants her so that he can combine the two biggest spreads into one giant. Only Benjamin Colter, who tried to "rescue" her seems to want Kinyan and the three children because he loves them, but not only does she trust no one, one of her sons refuses to accept any replacement for his beloved father.
COLTER'S WIFE is an exciting western romance reprint of a novel issued in the mid 1980s. The story line remains fresh as the action and the male adult triangulation with Kinyan in the center keeping the plot together as four men (one deceased), two twin boys, and a very young girl interrelate mostly through the heroine. This novel is quite entertaining with a strong cast that in many ways feels stereotypical of the sub-genre, but that may be because Joan Johnston is one of the authors who set the rules.
Harriet Klausner
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
OUTSTANDING!!!!! WOW! 28 Oct 2004
By Love 2 Read Novels - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
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!
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