A story of hope and love where there was only despair…
A SAVED WOMAN
BY NANCY FRASER
Summary: Katy Anderson has experienced more heartache than most know in a lifetime. Given to a man old enough to be her father, she has spent the past six years secluded from everyone except for her three young children. Her husband’s untimely death brings relief that … finally … she and her children are free.
When Sheriff Mitch Logan arrives at the Anderson homestead, he is moved by her sad circumstances and vows to right the wrongs done to Katy. Mitch has always shied away from marriage due to his dangerous profession, yet he quickly changes his mind when Katy comes into his life, and into his heart.
Despite her best intentions to keep the handsome sheriff at arm’s length, Katy can’t help but admire his honesty, and his kindness. All too quickly, she finds her resolve weakening as Mitch convinces her to trust again.
With fourteen books under her belt, Nancy Fraser’s latest novella, A Saved Woman, is a sweet story, nestled deep within the Colorado Territory, in the town of Cold Creek. Twenty-one year old Katy Anderson has lived in squalor since the day her father sold her to the retched Tobias Anderson for $20. Six years have passed and along the way Katy has given birth to three children while supporting herself and her small family with no help from Tobias. Meanwhile, Tobias has been busy living a life of depravity in the taverns and whorehouses of Cold Creek. Katy finds her life turned upside down the day Cold Creek’s Sheriff, Mitch Logan, turns up on her front porch with news of Tobias’ death.
Freed from an abusive husband, Katy learns there’s more to life than living hand to mouth, clothing her children in well-worn clothing, and disgusting men like Tobias and her father. With Sheriff Logan at her side, Katy blossoms into the woman she was meant to be and embarks on a life filled with love and happiness.
At 52 pages, A Saved Woman is a quick read, easily finished in an hour or so. Fraser has a nice writing style, smooth and descriptive with likable characters. Though not enough pages to provide her characters with much substance, Fraser does a nice job of bringing Katy and Mitch to life, leaving the reader with a good feel of who they are. That said, I would have loved to see A Saved Woman as a novel-length book, filling out characters like Katy, Mitch, and the residents of Cold Creek, giving the readers something to remember long after the last page is turned.