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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Highwayman by Shannon McNear

Giveaway winner is Charis! Congratulations and thank you all for coming by to comment!


Novella Review by Lisa Norato

The Most Eligible BACHELOR Romance Collection
THE HIGHWAYMAN
by Shannon McNear

Barbour Books © 2015 

The Most Eligible BACHELOR is a delightful collection of nine romantic novellas of Americana history. The bachelors and their love interests range from a variety of time periods and walks of life. This review is for Shannon McNear's novella, The Highwayman.

The Highwayman is set along the Great Wagon Road, lower Shenandoah Valley, on the eve of the American Revolution.

Samuel Wheeler is a colonial wagon master who is terrifyingly accurate with a whip. His skill and daring "accidentally" land him the title The Highwayman when, on a lark, he darns the unclaimed boots and embroidered coat of a nobleman to become the disguised rescuer of a lady in distress. A rescue has led to chasing down redcoats, and now Sam's exploits are known up and down the Great Road. Stories of his bravery are repeated by children. Sam, however, has grown tired of his clandestine activities and longs for nothing more than to be able to express his love for Tall Sally, but every time he's near her, his tongue grows thick, his hands clumsy and he can hardly breathe, let alone speak.

Sarah Brewster is the tall and lovely red-haired daughter of an inn keeper along the road where Samuel and his cousin frequently stop. When Sally is accosted one evening, Sam dons his disguise and comes to her rescue. He finds he can declare his feelings as the Highwayman in a way he can't as humble wagon master Sam. But is the Highwayman in for a secret romance and more trouble than he can handle?

If you love a strong, silent hero, you'll fall for Sam as much as I did. You'll come to care for Tall Sally and the rest of the Brewster family. Shannon makes her colonial setting come to life, and her plot is a well-crafted tale of danger, deceit and romance with a satisfying, climatic ending. A wonderful, entertaining read that I highly recommend!

GIVEAWAYS!

Leave a comment and your email address to be entered to win this adorable stuffed calf in honor of Sam's team of oxen. Also being given away is a copy of the Novella Collection with a bookplate signed by all of the contributing authors.


Shannon McNear's first published novella, Defending Truth, in A Pioneer Christmas Collection (Barbour, 2013), was a 2014 RITA nominee. Her second novella, The Highwayman, was released in May as part of The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection (Barbour). She writes regularly for The Borrowed Book and Colonial Quills, and is a member of ACFW and RWA.

27 comments:

  1. This novella was such a great read. I love that area of Virginia, too! Thanks for the review, Lisa! Great story, Shannon!

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    1. Thank you so much, both of you! I'm blushing here!! But this story was so much fun to write--glad y'all are finding it fun to read!

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  2. The Highwayman was so much fun, Shannon, and I loved the setting and premise. Well done and congratulations!!

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  3. I enjoyed reading the Highway Man so much. Love that time period in our history and love Virginia.
    Great review Lisa.
    Congratulations on your novella.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thank you, Mrs. Tina, and good morning! I enjoyed reading and reviewing Shannon's story!

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  4. Red Devon are a good breed but they are very, very rare these days. I am thankful for places like Colonial Williamsburg that try to preserve animals like this. Love reading about this time in history.

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    2. Hi, Kim. Cool! Thanks for sharing that.

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  5. Would love to win!
    ~Charis
    gracelz1@hotmail.com

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    1. You are entered for the drawing. Good luck, Charis, and thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Awesome review! I am really looking forward to picking up this collection (but I'd love to win it of course!) :) Love the calf too!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. It's an awesome story, Heidi! Thanks for visiting, and you be will entered in the giveaway. Blessings!

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  7. Thanks for your wonderful review of "The Highwayman", Lisa!! This sounds like such a delightful read and an unusual story line - can't wait to read it and the other novellas in the collection!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, Bonnie! We appreciate your stopping by!

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    2. Hi, Bonnie! Thanks for visiting. I know you'll enjoy Shannon's and the other stories. Happy reading!

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  8. What a cute little calf!!! Oh, yeah, and the story sounds good too. ;) But did I mention how cute the calf is?

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    1. LOL, thanks, Pegg! I think he's cute, too!!

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  9. How fun!!! That's a cute little calf!

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  10. Great review! The little calf is very cute 😀 Would love to win this giveaway!

    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Betti! :) We appreciate your stopping by!!

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  11. Oh my goodness that calf is so cute!! <3 <3 <3 And, the book looks amazing!!! :D This giveaway is a win all around!! :D

    jennifersauer73 at gmail dot com

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    1. :D Thanks, Jennifer! I appreciate your stopping by to enter!

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  12. Sounds like a book I would love to read. Will be picking up a copy tomorrow. cstan1627@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you, Cathy! I hope you enjoy it!

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  13. Thank you so much for the giveaway. God bless!

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