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5.0 out of 5 stars A very special read, 31 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Stolen Wishes (Zebra Splendor Historical Romances) (Mass Market Paperback)
Living deep in the woods of Oklahoma, Mary Goode watches over her brood like a mother hen. Sometimes tiring of their game of Robin Hood, Mary nevertheless puts up with their antics for the sake of her brother Robin and his friends "Little John" and "Friar Tuck." Mary is the only family Robin has left and being what was termed in the 180os as "slow" he needs her more than he sometimes thinks.
Stumbling into their camp which the group has christened, "Sherwood Forest" is U.S. Marshall Shane Latimer. He's on the trail of a group of outlaws who steal from the rich and give to the poor and believe he has found who he's looking for. However, a run-in with a rattlesnake puts his plans on hold. As Mary tenderly and expertly cares for Latimer (who Robin has christened Will Scarlet), an attraction develops between the two. Shane fakes amnesia in his quest to infiltrate the band of outlaws - or at least to find out what antics Robin and his friends are up to. He believes them to be up to no good, but also believes Mary to be innocent of any wrongdoing.
Adding to the appeal of this story is Robin's romance with Little John's sister, Walks with Sunshine, who is also "slow." The author has created these two special characters with a great deal of depth and insight making them very real to the reader.
Deb Stover, whose forte has been her sensual time travels, makes the transition to historical romance in this doozy of a good yarn. Fans will also welcome the appearance of Sam Weathers from her 1996 time-travel, A WILLING SPIRIT. The great storytelling, tight prose, sexual tension, and rich characterization all combine for a very special book which readers will find difficult to put down once started.
Although a departure for Ms. Stover, STOLEN WISHES does not disappoint her legions of fans. Charming, tender, and absolutely fabulous, this is a keeper in every sense of the word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable Deb Stover scores another winner, 24 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Stolen Wishes (Zebra Splendor Historical Romances) (Mass Market Paperback)
In 1888 Kansas, thirteen year old Mary Goode watches her parents die from a fever that she barely recovers from. At her mother's deathbed, Mary swears to take care of her simple-minded brother, Robin. When she finds him in an abusive asylum, he is telling the story of Robin Hood to a gigantic Indian and a midget. Mary rescues Robin and his men, taking them to a remote forest where they live peacefully together for the next eight years.
However, Mary's sibling and his friends live out their fantasies by thinking they truly are Robin Hood and his Merry Men, living in Sherwood. Unbeknownst to Mary, they rob the rich to give to the poor. U.S. Marshall Shane Latimer has entered Sherwood to arrest Robin and his gang. However, Shane is injured and Mary, known as Marion in these parts, tends his wounds. Shane falls in love Mary, but feels a duty to uphold the law and arrest the criminals even if it costs him a lifetime relationship to do so.
Deb Stover is renowned for her superb fantasy and time travel romances. She enters the historical romance realm as if she has been there forever. STOLEN WISHES is a great story that propels forward due to fabulous characters and the incredible interaction between them. Building a western romance on the Robin Hood mythos adds to the fun even as it demonstrates the guts and talent of the great Ms. Stover. Sub-genre fans will flock to their bookstores for this winning tale.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars Previously published under the title Stolen Wishes, 1 Nov 2014
Detra Fitch (USA) - See all my reviews
In Southern Kansas, 1888, Mary Goode had been thirteen-years-old. After her parents died, she has watched helplessly as her brother, Robin, was torn away from her and placed in an asylum because he was slower than others his age. But his new teenager rescued Robin, along with an Indian named Little John and a small man called Friar Tuck. The group fled to Indian Territory so the authorities would not take Robin away again. The group planned live in hiding until their grandfather found them.

It is not 1896, eight years later. Shane Latimer is a United States Marshal. It has not been easy, but he has finally found where Robin Hood’s hideout is. He is on the verge of solving the Merry Men case. But thanks to a snake, Shane’s horse dies and he has been bitten. Little John, having seen what happened, takes Shane to Mary. Once awake, and seeing that he is vulnerable, Shane pretends to have lost his memory. While recuperating, Shane watches and learns about the odd group taking care of him. Then his idol and friend, Marshal Sam Weathers, shows up. Sam agrees to keep Shane’s identity secret while he visits Robin and Mary. Sam is on the tail of another criminal, Buck Landen. While with Mary and Robin, Sam teaches Shane that crime is not always black and while. After all, Sam had once saved Shane from being hanged unjustly. The longer Shan observes Mary, Robin, Little John, and Tuck, the more he realizes Sam is right. Good thing too, because Shane’s feelings for Mary just keep growing.

***** FIVE STARS! This title was previously published under the name Stolen Wishes. My synopsis hardly scratches the surface of what this story entails. There is a lot more action, danger, and drama than I tell. For example: Tuck has a secret past, Little John’s tribe is close by, a dangerous man has previously forced himself upon Mary and intends to again, there is a snag with Mary’s grandfather…and yes, there is even MORE. I never found myself growing bored. And when Mary and Shane finally admit their feelings for each other, the bedroom scenes become spicy. (However, that does not happen until around mid-novel and Stover does not get so kinky that I end up blushing.)

Deb Stover has an eye for details too. She explains why everyone is named after characters from the tales of Robin Hood. She even adds little touches such as the sign near their isolated cabin that welcomes travelers to Sherwood Forest. This is a fantastic story that I am sorry to have missed years ago and very happy that it has been republished! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews
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