The Women of Crooked Creek

A Western Short Story Collection

Fiction - Western
186 Pages
Reviewed on 04/20/2016
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Author Biography

MK McClintock is the award-winning author of several books and short stories, including the popular "Montana Gallagher" series, the "Crooked Creek" series set in post-Civil War Montana, and the highly-acclaimed "British Agent" novels. She spins tales of romance, adventure, and mystery set in bygone times. MK enjoys a quiet life in the Rocky Mountains.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Paul F. Murray for Readers' Favorite

The Women of Crooked Creek: A Western Short Story Collection by MK McClintock offers a new way of telling stories about the Old West - Crooked Creek, Montana Territory in this case. Each short story builds upon the one before it or sets the stage for the short story to follow. Thus, the series of four short stories is linked.

Emma is a woman doctor who comes to Crooked Creek to start a new life after the death of her first husband in the Civil War. Is there room in her heart for a second husband, possibly Casey Latimer? Hattie McBride is the next short story. Hattie is another Civil War widow who comes west to start a ranch, as she and her deceased husband had planned on doing together. Now, Hattie must forge ahead by herself, or does she? Half-breed Carson White Eagle bonds with Hattie as together they work to fend off a neighboring rancher who wants Hattie’s land. Briley Donoghue is a mail-order bride from Ireland who comes to Crooked Creek, only to discover that her intended spouse has died. Briley must create a new life for herself, using her seamstress skills and the help of the doting local sheriff. Clara Stowe is an unwed mother, at a time when such situations caused great scandal. Clara is determined to open an inn and make a comfortable life for herself and her five-year-old daughter, Alice, notwithstanding stage coach robbers who get in the way.

I enjoyed The Women of Crooked Creek by MK McClintock. The four interconnected short stories will have powerful appeal to readers who like an author who can cut to the chase quickly, get to the meat of the story quickly, without a lot of fluff and padding. MK McClintock knows what readers want. A good collection of short stories.