Book Review: The Sheriffs of Savage Wells

September 20, 2016

The Sheriffs of Savage Wells
Sarah M. Eden
336 pages
ARC from publisher

From the publisher:

Paisley Bell knows the eccentric people of Savage Wells. From the absentminded shopkeeper who always thinks she’s been robbed to the young man who has returned shell-shocked from the war, Paisley has compassion for them all. When the sheriff up and leaves town, Paisley steps up and assumes the responsibility, partly because she loves the work, but also because she needs the income to take care of her sick father. So when the town council decides that the position of sheriff should really go to a man, Paisley finds herself fighting to prove that she’s the perfect candidate for the job, even though she wears a skirt.
Cade O’Brien is heartily sick of shooting people. In his many years as a lawman, Cade has seen his share of blood and violence. So when he answers an advertisement for a sheriff job in the sleepy town of Savage Wells, he believes he’s found the peace and quiet he’s always desired. But when he discovers that his biggest competition for the job is a woman, he begins to question his decisions.
Tension between the two begins to sizzle when both Cade and Paisley realize the attraction they have for each other, but when Paisley’s former beau shows up in town, along with a band of bank robbers, the blossoming relationship between the two sheriffs is tested. They will have to work together to thwart the bank robbers and keep the town safe.


Since discovering Sarah M. Eden her a few years ago I have read every one of her novels (some more than once) and become such a huge fan. I have semi-patiently been waiting for the release of this new book so when I saw it pop up on NetGalley I grabbed a copy as fast as I could!

The Sheriffs of Savage Wells is a sweet historical romance, that has a bit of a mystery as well as an awesome heroine, Paisley Bell.  I LOVE Paisley.  She is strong and not afraid of hard work and goes after what she wants.  And she is so likeable! Everyone in town loves her and she is such an easy character to love.  Cade is fun and I laughed out loud a few times at the banter and teasing that happens between the two.  I love that there is a bit of a mystery and action to this story.  There are also a couple deeper mental health issues touched on with a couple characters as well.  I appreciated that these were brought up and given light.  I love when a book can bring in a deeper subject in a way that isn’t too heavy for me to read.

This is a different historical setting than most of Eden’s works.  If you enjoyed her Hope Springs books than this should be a must read for you.  I would still love to read more from the characters of Hope Springs, as well as some of the characters in this book.  I love how some of Eden’s other books have linking characters.  I love LOVE to see some of that happen with her western/American historical fiction stories.

It’s probably no surprise that I loved this book.  Sarah’s M. Eden’s books always bring a smile to my face and leave me feeling better about life.  They are books I can read time and time again.

Final Score:

5 stars


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