by Ann Major

November 2004
ISBN: 0-7783-2088-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

The Knights and the Kembles have been feuding for over a 150 years, ever since the mid-nineteenth century when the original Caesar Kemble cheated the Knight branch of the family out of its rights to The Golden Spurs Ranch. Lizzy Kemble, beloved daughter of the present day Caesar, also a notorious cut throat just like his ancestor, has been placed in charge of the ranch after her daddy suffers a massive stroke. Always feeling out of place in her infamous Texas ranching family, Lizzy had tried to make it on her own by running off to New York after she was betrayed by her one time lover, embittered Cole Knight, who jilted her by getting her sister, Mia, pregnant, and then marrying her just so he could get his hands on The Golden Spurs! Lizzy finds herself right back in the place she feels most uncomfortable in. Her sister Mia was killed almost a year ago in a plane crash, leaving the way open for Lizzy to reunite with Cole, a man she has never been able to get out of her heart. There is danger involved in Lizzy’s homecoming, as there is a murderer after her; the same person who it is becoming clear has been killing off other family members. Could it be Cole? Lizzy’s heart says 'No' but her instincts and the mounting evidence says 'yes'!

Cole Knight swore after his father’s untimely death, and the mysterious disappearance of his brother, who had found the proof needed to make a solid claim to The Golden Spurs, that he would get what was rightfully his family’s no matter what. The plane crash that killed his wife Mia, and left him in a semi-amnesiac state, has changed Cole. He no longer feels the need to keep up the old feud with the Kembles, but throughout his jumbled memories, only one thing is still clear, his deep love for Lizzy. Why did he ever let her go? Why did he marry Mia, when it was Lizzy he always wanted? Seems Cole can’t get an answer straight to those questions, and now with his black-outs caused from the crash, it seems he just might be some sort of Jekyll and Hyde that is murdering the family that took him in, exacting the revenge the old Cole wanted so much!

The Girl with the Golden Spurs, by USA bestselling author Ann Major was my first read by this acclaimed author. Unfortunately, I made a bad choice to sample her writing in this one. I was so lost, confused, and having a hard time keeping track of the whys and what-nots to this convoluted plot. It skips back and forth and never does answer key questions, so when the true killer is finally revealed, it wasn’t even with clear reason for why the killer murdered all those people to begin with!

Reviewed in November 2004 by Bonnie.

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