Mary Reichert is one of the best sharpshooters in the country, and in the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza her skills are on display in every performance. But unless the man responsible for her brother's death is brought to justice, Mary's fame and accomplishments seem hollow. She feels helpless in the face of the murderer's money, power, and connections. The only bright spot in her days is the handsome journalist who keeps attending their shows.
Christopher Williams has been assigned to follow the Brookstone show on its 1901 tour of England and write a series of articles for his magazine. As he gets to know the cast he quickly finds himself irresistibly drawn to the show's sharpshooter. But getting close to someone would threaten to bring his past to light. How could he ever win Mary's heart if she knows the truth? Mary and Chris will both have to trust God if they are to heal from the wounds of the past and chart a new future together.
In this entertaining second entry in the Brookstone Brides inspirational historical romance series, Peterson (When You Are Near) details the adventurous ramblings of a troupe of female sharpshooters in 1901. In Topeka, Kans., Mary Reichert, one of the three stars of Brookstone's Wild West Extravaganza, is angry, hurt, and in search of justice after the murder of her brother. However, with no chance of apprehending the murderer, as he is protected by the sheriff, she feels as if God has abandoned her. Then handsome, enigmatic reporter Christopher Williams tumbles into her life to do a series on the Extravaganza. As the troupe travels from the U.S. to England and then home again, readers are introduced to a vibrant set of secondary characters: Lizzy, the caring daughter of the Extravaganza's founder; Wes and Phillip DeShazer, no-nonsense coordinators of the show; and runaway Ella Fleming. As the toil and grind of travel takes its toll, small intrigues build, threatening to pull the tight-knit group apart. Christopher travels with the troupe on their tour, and he and Mary develop a romantic and spiritual bond, allowing for many of Peterson's trademark sweet, deeply introspective moments of spiritual exploration. While series fans will enjoy how the story builds nicely on the first installment and sets up the next, this moving, action-packed story also works as a standalone.