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5.0 out of 5 stars A prizewinner
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...
Published on 19 Feb 1998

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2.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
Too sappy,predictable and unrealistic in places. In my opinion,the author, Maggie Osborne tries too hard in tying up all the loose ends. It's an insult to the reader to S-P-E-L-L every last detail out. Alex was the biggest disappointment!!! Totally made me sick how she was "hanging on to her dead husband" A husband she didn't even love! This is a perfect...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A prizewinner, 19 Feb 1998
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This review is from: The Best Man (Mass Market Paperback)
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just okay, 24 Jan 1999
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Too sappy,predictable and unrealistic in places. In my opinion,the author, Maggie Osborne tries too hard in tying up all the loose ends. It's an insult to the reader to S-P-E-L-L every last detail out. Alex was the biggest disappointment!!! Totally made me sick how she was "hanging on to her dead husband" A husband she didn't even love! This is a perfect example how Osborne insults the reader! She spells it out-- over and over. Usually people who act the way Alex did -- don't know why they act that way. But Alex sure did, even told other people why she did what she did, and she STAYED in it until Freddy the saviour comes along. Same with Lester. Why couldn't Les figure out her own problems? But no -- along comes Freddy "the enlightened" to save the day. It's all kind of sick. And yet -- speaking of details -- A LACK OF -- I could not for the life of me figure out what time in history this book was in! The book says that it was soon after the Civil War but it sure didn't feel like it at all. Maggie Osborne does a really lousy job of taking you "back to the olden days." And giving you a flavor and feel for the time in history.
Good idea for a book though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in one day!, 7 Jan 1999
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I love all of Maggie Osborne's work and this book is no exception. When three sisters learn they have to drive 2000 head of cattle from Texas to Kansas before they can get their inheritance, they thought it was impossible. In walks Dal Frisco. They thought they could get away with just riding along, but he made them learn how to bring in strays, cook for all the men, and learn how to shoot. They end up learning a lot about each other and themselves. Each has hardships they have to deal with and each find love in the process. They are all stronger women in the end, much like other books of Ms. Osborne. I loved this book and highly recommend it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top three favorites!, 1 Jan 1999
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This was my first read by Maggie Osborne, and this book is now one of my top three favorites. Three estranged sisters must successfully work a 2000 head cattle drive, or lose their fathers inheritance to their greedy stepmother. Each sister overcomes her own personal obstacles, falls in love, and learns to love her sisters as well. This book is full of humor, and had me laughing out loud! I loved the cattle drive storyline, and at times felt as though I were there in the middle of it. If you are intrigued by life in the old west, this one is a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tears & laughter, 29 July 1998
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This wonderful Maggie Osborne story is a must read for anyone who loves her wit and style. These three sisters embark on a trek to save their fathers Texas ranch and legacy and end up in Kansas with all their personal hopes and dreams coming true. All the characters are easy to believe and trust. A true page turner. Read it in one day and didn't want it to end. A true Osborne classic right up there with The Promise of Jenny Jones. Another great tear jerker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another unforgettable book from Maggie Osborne, 19 Sep 1998
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Three sisters go on a cattle drive to win their father's inheritance. Each sister is distinct and memorable in her own way. Another story from Maggie Osborne (who also writes as Margaret St. George) that makes you both laugh and cry. I hardly ever read historicals, but I'll read anything by Maggie Osborne.
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