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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
Saddle up, get your feet in the stirrups and be prepared to ride out this fun and gritty Western! Author Juliette Douglas gives readers the third in her Freckled Venom series and Skeletons is the best of them all. Marshall Rawley Lovett of White River Wyoming has taken on a spitfire named Lacy and has gone and married the woman who couldn't be tamed. They have a young daughter named Hanah who tries to outdo her mother in defiance and courage. When Hanah and her classmates at the local school are all kidnapped, the Marshall and Lacy head out to get the children back and to end the threat of Big Joe Kannon and his gang. The gang's plan is to take the children to Mexico and sell them, but Rawley and Lacy have other plans for the gang. Unbeknownst to them, the children also have a plan to foil their kidnappers.
I love the characters in this series and Skeletons gives the reader even more spit and vinegar than its predecessors. The stamina of the adults is admirable, but the spunkiness of the children is downright admirable. I loved the way author Douglas had a parallel story going between the adults and the children. It was almost two stories in one and either by itself was charming and exciting. The Lovetts' two adopted children, Cotton and Bill, come through like troopers while their parents, Rawley and Lacy, hide a secret from everyone while still doing their part for the people of White River. The couple had skeletons to bury, and they do it in this book. The 1888 setting is so accurately portrayed that you'll feel you're right there in the story. Even if you've not read the first two books in the series, this one will keep you reading.