by Julianne MacLean

June 2001
ISBN: 0-373-291-647
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #564
Mass Market Paperback

The opening scene of The Marshal and Mrs. O’Malley was fabulous. It grabs your attention and doesn’t want to let you get loose. The scene shows what one person will do to try to save herself and family, and prevent anymore heartache for others.

Josephine O’Malley was having a little bit of a problem. Her husband was murdered and she witnessed it all. Staying hidden to save her life and to protect her son as well. So what does any sane and sensible woman do, but try to avenge her husband death. Only things don’t go as planned and in walks the new marshal of Dodge, one Fletcher Collins.

Not only did Fletcher walk in to try to stop what Jo was trying to do, but he gets hurt in the process, but not only did he get physically hurt but his reputation took a beating as well. And there is only one way to fix the reputation but to find the person he interrupted. Only problem is the persons face was covered. So on the hunt he goes.

Even though Jo was interrupted in her mission that doesn’t stop her from trying again. And once again Fletcher shows up and tries to stop her. Well he succeeds this time and what a time he had stopping her. Lets just say, he didn’t recognize her and things got a little rough for both of them.

The roughness didn’t end there though; it is carried throughout the story. It was not physical only but mentally as well, for each of them was carrying around a burden and hurt that didn’t seem to want to heal. But with the help of each other it was slowly starting to mend, a little at a time. But can the mending bring them together or will it only drive them apart?

The Marshal and Mrs. O’Malley is a very entertaining read with some twists and turns along the way. The attraction between Jo and Fletcher is there from the time Fletcher tries to question her about being shot. There is a lot of misunderstandings between Fletcher and Jo as well. The secondary characters of Leo, Zeb Stone and Elizabeth play an important role in the story. It would be nice to visit one or two of these characters in their own books. Ms. MacLean did it once again with The Marshal and Mrs. O’Malley. Her stories are not to be missed!

Reviewed in April 2003 by Pam.

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