The Devil You Know
By Jo Goodman
The badly injured stranger found on the Pancake homestead has Willa Pancake concerned. His injuries dictate care and rest, and Willa’s not one to turn away someone so badly in need – especially since her precocious little sister, Annalea, has so clearly emphasized their Christian duty. Willa has lots of questions, but her patient, Israel McKenna, has little to offer in way of answers.
As Israel recovers, their cautious relationship progresses toward something Willa is uncertain she is ready to accept: although her heart is sending strong signals, her mind is not quite there yet. Israel is honest with Willa, yet she senses one thing for certain – there is much to know about the man with whom she is falling in love.
Willa is also uncertain about her neighbors and the land that the two families have fought over for many years. She is distrustful of the Barber men, and knows that it’s only a matter of time before the conflict between the Pancakes and Barbers comes to a head. What she hopes to avoid more than anything, however, is a rift that could expose events of the past, events that could have devastating consequences for those Willa loves.
Two parallel storylines run concurrently through The Devil You Know, and as the chapters fly by, a third line intersects them both. Author Jo Goodman keeps the plot unfolding at a delightful pace, exposing bits and pieces of a large puzzle that begin to slide into place slowly but surely, until the story reaches a dramatic climax none would expect. The story is a picture-perfect classic western, with good guys, bad guys, and some that straddle both sides of that line. Throw in a bounty hunter, a few card sharps and a bunkhouse full of cowboys, then top it with a healthy dose of hot and sexy romance –and you’ve got The Devil You Know. Don’t miss this undeniably captivating story by one of the best Western romance writers the genre has ever had to offer!
Joyce Greenfield, ReaderToReader.com
The Devil You Know
By: Jo Goodman
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The Devil You Know by Goodman, Jo
(May 3, 2016) Mass Market Paperback