Sunday, July 14, 2013
New Review: Ellen O’Connell’s SING MY NAME – A Superb and Tender Post Civil War Love Story from the Old West
While being transported with a group of calvary escorting some women to Fort Grissom, Matt encounters Sarah Hammond, the young daughter of passionate Massachusetts’s abolitionists, who is on her way to join her fiancé, a Yankee major, a man she does not love. Abhorring the abuse of Matt by the bounty hunters, Sarah intervenes to assure Matt is properly fed and no longer beaten. Shortly afterward, Comanches attack. Matt and Sarah survive only because of Matt’s resourceful thinking. To get to the fort, they must depend on each other—and they grow close. When they finally arrive, and Sarah's fiancé learns that she has fallen in love with “Rebel trash," he takes his revenge on the young lovers. And a fierce revenge it is. It will be 1875 before the story is over…
O’Connell has a way of putting you right in the action, of making you feel the emotion and of understanding what led the hero and heroine to be who they are. The tender budding love between Matt and Sarah is the genuine thing. But they will have many hurdles to cross before they can be together. Along the way, O’Connell will make you laugh and she’ll make you cry. It’s about sacrificial love and standing up to bias that says a fallen woman and a gunslinger aren’t worthy citizens (“What did you do with a man who loved you too much to love you?”). I absolutely love her writing! Simply put, O’Connell tells GREAT stories and she does it very well.
I highly recommend this one and all her romances. DANCING ON COALS (with an Apache hero) is my favorite but Matt Slade from SING MY NAME is on my favorite Heroes & Heroines list.