In 1886, Bexar County rancher Mike Callahan goes for his yearly pilgrimage to honor the father he lost in the battle of the Alamo. While he is there on the fiftieth anniversary of the fall of the Alamo, his wife Rose is kidnapped.
He leads a posse of men, including the county sheriff, in an attempt to rescue her.
He is killed but questions soon arise as to who shot him. Intrigue and family betrayal follow Rose as she strives to keep the ranch that Mike named after her, running.
Karen’s Magic Review
I love cowboys and Indians and once even bought a cover for book I hoped to write one day. As covers go, this one is pretty awful and would never lure anyone in to buy it, unless they were a lover of westerns. It’s a shame because it is a good story.
Having said that, it was the cowboys on the front that made me want to read it in the first place. I used to love cowboy and injuns. My dad read all the Sudden books, and I read a few too.
Over recent years, the good old western has sadly gone out of fashion and other genres have replaced it. The Yellow Rose took me right back to those days. Injuns with names like War Dog, and Bare Foot. Cowboys with big hats, and guns in holsters, and horses galloping across plains creating dust trails was fascinating to me.
I learnt that cowboys tied the reins of their horses to a hitching post, and when I read that, it made me chuckle. I didn’t know it had a name. Something about watching a cowboy jump off his stead and chuck his reins over a post stuck with me. I really wanted to do that! In my teens, a man rented out horses and I would ride them home. On the way I called in at a pub to use the toilet. I jumped off, just like a real cowboy, and tied the reins to a post! Dang! It felt good!
You can’t have all that without a good plot, and Wesley Tallant succeeds in every way. After her husband is killed, The Yellow Rose ranch is run by a strong and feisty women . The plot twists and and turns as cattle rustling becomes something more serious. As it builds towards its climax there is great gun fight and family secrets are revealed.
Take a step back and relive those exciting stories of the past and give this one a go. Then come back here and tell me what you think, let’s discuss it!
If you know of any other cowboy books, let me know.