Robbin' Trains and Keeping Secrets

Linda Lael Miller's The Rustler was...kind of blah actually.  I mean, the story was decent.  The characters were fine.  But there wasn't anything that really captured my interest in the entire story.  That's sad and disappointing.

Rustler follows Wyatt Yarbro as he decides to give up his cattle stealing, train robbing, saloon frequenting ways and relocate to Stone Creek where his brother, also a reformed rustler, just happens to be the local sheriff.  At first Wyatt thinks he's just going to lie low until the ruckus from his last cattle raid blows oven, but then he meets Sarah Tamlin.  Sarah works at the local bank, which her father owns, and is considered quite the catch despite her additional years compared to other first time brides.  In addition to running the bank in lieu of her father's failing health, which must be kept hushed, she has several rather large secrets from her past.  To keep track of all the lies she's had to tell to survive, she keeps a small notebook in her pocket to record every single lie she's told.  Of course her lies eventually catch up to her in the form of a ten year old boy and a past "friend", but Wyatt's past catches up to him too.  Will the two survive the constant lies they've had to tell each other or will they go their separate ways?

I don't really know why I didn't care for this book.  It was well written.  The storylines all worked and connected.  I just wasn't really impressed.  Maybe I would have been more satisfied if all the action wasn't relegated to the end.  Perhaps...


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