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Monday, March 16, 2020

WESTERN NOVELS—WHERE THE WILDFLOWERS DANCE


WESTERN NOVELS
WHERE THE WILDFLOWERS DANCE
PHIL MILLS, JR.
Where The Wildflowers Dance (Five Star/Gale), is the second book in Phil Mills, Jr.’s Good Wind trilogy. Breezing in on the heels of Where A Good Wind Blows, Mills sets up the conflict early. Before a half-dozen pages are gone, bad man Jason Neal has his motive for vengeance and heroes Sarah Meadows and Box-T foreman Jake Summers set sail on a star-crossed course.

There’s a lot to admire in Mills’ pen—painterly depictions of the open grasslands around Chugwater, Wyoming, a working knowledge of cows and outside work, dialog that rings true to the times—and a lot to be said for his gentle storytelling.

There’s plenty of action as Neal ruthlessly bullies the easygoing folks of Chugwater, and a fair spate of violence toward the end of the tale. Rest assured, none of it ever overshadows the uplifting spirit of the book or the love blossoming between Sarah and Jake.

With a remarkably strong sense of place, maniacal villains, and a posse of virtuous characters to root for, the latest book from Phil Mills, Jr. is a welcome entry in a quietly crafted series. Highly recommended.


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