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
It was the cover that lured me in to read this story, and at the same time I found it very flat, almost like a lack lustre painting, especially in the light of just buying a beautiful cowboy cover for a book I hope to write someday. You can see it here.
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 as 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.
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 of his horse and tie the reins stuck with me and I really wanted to do. In my teens, a man rented out horses and I would ride them home. On the way I would call in at a pub to use the toilet. I’d jump off, just like a real cowboy and tie the reins to a post! It felt so good!
You can’t have all that without a good plot, and Wesley Tallant succeeds in everyway. 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 as 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.