Rough Drafts 9/14

Looking for love? A romantic at heart? How about an Old West Romance!?

As editor of the Western Books Department, I am fortunate to receive advance reading copies from a broad palette of publishers, including Old West Romance novels.

Yes, Romance, one of the fastest-growing genres in Westerns. While I grew up reading the Old West classics of Max Brand (Silvertip), Louis L’Amour (Hondo) and Zane Grey (Nevada), someone wiser and older than me pointed out that great Westerns (in print, stage, film and TV) always had a romance, or it wouldn’t be a great Western!

So, as you’re putting your summer reading list together, here are some Westerns from Bethany House, with plenty of romance to bring a smile to your face, some warmth to your heart and maybe even a little blush to your summer tan!

Eastern Nebraska rancher/author Mary Connealy takes readers out to the Idaho frontier in her new “Wild at Heart“ series: Tried & True.

Abilene, Texas, author Karen Witemeyer’s sixth Western, Full Steam Ahead, is an 1850s Texas page-turner with plenty of Gulf Coast action in 1850s Galveston.

Summer brides (and grooms) will enjoy A Sensible Arrangement, Tracie Peterson’s 100th book, the first in a new Romance series, “Lone Star Brides.”

—Stuart Rosebrook

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