Sunday, March 14, 2021

Review: Silver Dollar Duke by Sally Britton

My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it


The last thing Dannie needs is a Victorian gentleman on her ranch, playing cowboy while she’s trying to save her family’s livelihood. Will high stakes and high emotions lead to heartbreak?

Evan Rounsevell, second son to the Marquess of Rothwell, is running as far from his family and responsibilities as he can. His fascination with cowboys takes him from English shores to the Arizona desert, but the days of showdowns are over, and Tombstone, Arizona, is a respectable town. With no funds left, and no desire to call on his affluent family for rescue, Evan seeks a position as a cowboy at a ranch on its last leg.

Daniella Bolton’s fiancĂ© left when the drought of 1893 crippled the KB ranch, but that’s just fine by her. She doesn’t need a man to help her save her family’s land. Especially not an Englishman who looks down on her style of living, like Evan does. She loves her life on the ranch, and no outsider could ever understand what it means to be loyal to the land and her family’s way of life.

Being a cowboy is harder than Evan thought, but as he works to earn his place on the ranch, his heart opens up to the beauty of the desert… as well as that of Dannie Bolton. Watching Evan fight for the ranch she loves makes Dannie realize that not all men are afraid of hard work and troubled times, and loving Evan might be just the salve her wounded heart needs. But when Evan’s family summons him home right when Dannie needs him most, the feelings of betrayal from her former fiancĂ©’s flight return tenfold.

Does Evan dare risk his tenuous relationship with Dannie to fulfill his family responsibilities? Or will leaving Arizona be the worst mistake of his life?

My Review

I enjoyed the contrast of an English nobleman in the dry ranch country of Arizona since I'm a fan of both Regency and Western genres (although this is set during Victorian times). Evan is living out his dream of exploring the Wild West since becoming obsessed with the lifestyle after meeting Buffalo Bill in England. Dannie makes a lot of assumptions about him and projects her negative feelings for charming men (or one charming man) and is not so nice to him in the beginning. I admired his patience and tenacity in his early days on the ranch, taking on the dirtiest jobs until he proved his mettle. The pace of the story is slow but steady as Evan and Dannie get to know and grow to admire one another. I'm used to more action and adventure in Westerns, but this story is definitely character driven and builds upon all the interactions and experiences of Evan and Dannie. The setting is well described and the harshness and beauty of the Arizona landscape came to life in my mind, giving me an appreciation for the people who lived there.

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

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