The Gunsmith’s Gallantry (Ladies’ Shooting Club)
Susan Page Davis
Barbour Publishing (2010)
Reviewed by Tiffany Schlarman for Reader Views (09/10)
The town of Fergus, Idaho is home to a close-knit group of folks. For Hiram Dooley, the shy gunsmith, a whole lot is about to change. Hiram has women problems and the drama is about to unfold. When a mysterious man shows up in town and incidents start to take place, the Women’s Shooting Club is called upon to help. The mysterious events in Fergus are about to be solved and Hiram’s women problems are sure to be solved, but will it happen in time? Will the ladies shooting club prove their worth and save the day again?
“The Gunsmith’s Gallantry” is a regular old shoot-em up western love story. After all, how can you have a western without gunfire and bandits, cowpoke or outlaws? It highlights the small town of Fergus, Idaho. Everyone knows each other in this town and strangers are easily noticed and are regarded with caution and skepticism if they are not kin to town folk. The dialogue, setting and time period all fit together easily to make the reader feel they are part of the old west. The author does a tremendous job with the authentic nature of this novel. Inside you will find the drama of a small town, the romance of courting and many unique qualities attributed to the old west. It was a wonderful historical fiction novel that will make the reader long for the nostalgia of the old west.
Aside from the predictability of this book, the novel was an entertaining read for me. It was easy to read and climatic at points. The author amazed me with her authentic old west writing. The reader is enabled to feel as if they are in the town of Fergus as well as connecting with the colorful characters. She skillfully uses her pen to portray a vivid visual image of the characters, town and lifestyle of the old west in the readers mind. I would suggest this novel for a laid back rainy day read. “The Gunsmith’s Gallantry” is certain to entertain you and keep you reading until the book is finished.