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Reviewed by Dinah Roseberry for Readers' Favorite
Paula Altenburg has a winner with Pale Moon Walking. Not only are the outlaws out of this world, but so is the rendering of genuine characters moving through this Wild West romantic tale. Meet feisty and nontraditional Libby Mayden, the sheriff of Coyote Bluff, who knows what she wants — and doesn’t want — in the world (and in a man). Witness her struggles to live down an outlaw past as she flourishes as the town’s lawman…uh law woman. She isn’t expecting Sam Kyote, a desirable and capable Marshall for the US Government, to arrive on the scene for a “special assignment” to get into the middle of her life. It’s not just that Sam has a strange power — that is not only believable for those of us loving the paranormal and fantasy themes, but protective and deadly to those in Coyote Bluff — it’s more that crossing these two probable lovers once they connect is a whirlwind of mystery and adventure that the otherworldly Sky people need to be wary of. And what about them? The Sky people: mysterious, here most likely for nefarious reasons, and who need to know where an important treasure to their world is hidden. Libby has the knowledge and the clues, Sam has the powers of illusion, Pete has the Moon legend, and Mary Lou has the frying pan. What can possibly go wrong? Love is in the air.
Don’t be misled into thinking this is just a wonderfully laid out romance novel. It is that, of course; Altenburg is a genius at this. But it’s so much more. The romance is dreamy. The mystery draws you in. The characters hold you fast. The setting Paula Altenburg has drawn in Pale Moon Walking is perfect. I felt immediately like I was set down in the 1800s Wild West and I did not want to leave it! I had so much fun reading this that, one day, when I’d had a stressful afternoon at work, I put my head in my hands and said to myself: “I just want to get back to Libby and Sam!” Paula Altenburg is a master at weaving all the components of good storytelling together: very well written, true to the characters and settings, fun to read, and something that will keep people looking for more from her. The only down side is that I didn’t want it to end. Folks, there’s no better review than that. Pale Moon Walking by Paula Altenburg: read it before the next full moon. An out of this world read!