The reading of Joe Roark's will leaves four women is total shock. Joe accuses his three daughters and his fourth wife of not being "worth a sick spit". Instead of just allowing his three daughters to inherit his Texas ranch, he adds a stipulation. The three worthless girls (Alexander, Frederick, and Lester) need to drive 2000 herd of cattle from Texas to Kansas while performing all the duties expected of a male hand. If they fail to do so, the ranch goes to Joe's fourth and worst wife, Lola.
After the initial shock, the girls realize that they have no choice. However, no reputable trail boss wants to lead three helpless women, including one wheel bound, on this trek. Only, Dal Frisco, an alcoholic accepts the position. On the trip, Dal and Freddy fall in love. But she has dreams of being an actress and he is planning to go toMontana when they reach Abilene. Unless they are willing to compromise, it appears that this is one relationship whose trail leads to unhappiness.
THE BEST MAN is a well written, very interesting western romance that will excite fans of the sub-genre. The opening chapter is incredible as Joe's perspective on life is loud and clear in his will. From that stupendous start, the novel just seems to get better and better as the three female Roarks learn much about life, and Dal learns to live and love again. Magnificent Maggie Osborne will soon be recognized as one of romances writing maestros.