by Sandy HusebyNovember, 2003
Impetuous independence has consequences, as Annie Malloy discovers when she sets out to live as a New Modern Woman in Maggie Osborne's charmer of a Western romance, Shotgun Wedding. All the New Modern Woman manifestos with their glorified pronouncements about frontier feminism neglect to mention the daunting shame that single moms face. Annie's affair with outlaw Bodie Miller leads to an unplanned pregnancy and the added bittersweet sorrow that a good guy, Sheriff Jesse Harden, could have been hers from the beginning if she had ceded her strong-willed resolve not to marry. Now, her hastily arranged marriage to Harden, who's determined not to let Annie get away a second time, compromises her beliefs about the true meaning of modern womanhood, and Annie discovers that the right man offers the foundation she craves for fulfillment. Maggie Osborne's characters rise from the pages with genuine anguishes and joys that make for a real page-turner. A true prize!Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.