When Kate Thompson's father is killed by the notorious Red Rose Gang for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate. In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation. @goodreads
The first time I read this it was through Netgalley but I bought the
Hardback a few years ago and did a re-read on audio so I could read the
second book. I tweaked the old review just a little =)
*MAY CONTAIN A FEW SPOILERS*
am not a big fan of the western genre, but when I read the blurb of
this book about a girl going after a gang for killing her pa, I had to
read it! There is nothing like a good ole vengeance tale!
gang that beat and hung Kate's pa while she was out in the field is
called The Rose Riders. They are a notorious gang that kills anything
and anyone in their path.. they are thieves and low-life scum. They burn
the house and that is how Kate realizes something is wrong and runs to
see what has happened. As you can imagine she is shocked and devastated
when she sees her pa hanging from a tree. She saves what she can from
her house, buries her pa and sets out on her horse named Silver to KILL the people responsible.
no mistake.. Kate is 18... Kate is good with a gun... Kate isn't out
for pleasantries in this world.. Kate is out to kill... those who killed
her father will die, or she will die trying.
leaves her a letter in a box that she salvaged from their home, in it he
tells her if something ever happens to him to seek out a man named Abe
in Wickenburg. At this point she knows something is wrong, that these
men didn't just kill him for his land. She noticed a journal he kept was
missing as well.
She manages to shoot and hurt one of the men
on the road. She tracks him to a saloon and ends up taking him out while
he is sitting in the outhouse trying to tend to his wound. She tries to
get him to tell her who the gang is and where they are at... seems they
don't care about leaving men here and there. She doesn't get too much
out of him accept the satisfaction of shooting him in the head.
she gets to Abe's home she finds out he was killed by a kick to the
head from a horse a few months before, but the son's have a message to
give her. There is another letter for her about what her father did when
she was a young and about gold. Well isn't that just great! She is mad
that he didn't tell her so she could have helped him keep watch in case
anyone ever showed up looking for him.
She eats with the family
and goes to head out when she is joined by Jesse and Will. Jesse says
they are going the same way to do a cattle run to make money for the
family. He also tells her they promised their father they would look out
for her. Kate wants nothing to do with this and tries her best to talk
them out of it. She just wants to get her job done. Well, you know how
men are... they don't listen. So.. of goes Kate, Jesse, Will and Mutt,
their dog. And FYI: they have no idea she is a girl, she has herself
bound and dressed as a boy and calling herself Nate.
way they make a deal with her to help with the Rose Riders if she lets
them have the gold. She agrees as she cares nothing for the gold, she
just wants those men DEAD!
Some things go a little crazy
in another town after they meet up with the gang, some people die,
things get burned down, and they pick up an Apache girl named Liluye
that Kate saves. She's going to act as a guide to where they are going.
are traveling to some mines where she knows that gang is heading. There
is a lot of things that happen on their travels. More people die,
revelations are found out and it's pretty sad, but the end game is a
**I would like to
thank NETGALLEY and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for
giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of this book in exchange for
my honest review.**