Bitter Springs Series

IWOAW In Want of A Wife


Jane Middlebourne needs a way out. In 1891, life in New York is unforgiving for a young woman with no prospects, especially when her family wants nothing to do with her. So when Jane discovers an ad for a mail-order bride needed in Bitter Springs, Wyoming, she responds with a hopeful heart.


Rancher Morgan Longstreet is in want of a wife who will be his partner at Morning Star, someone who will work beside him and stand by him. His first impression of the fair and fragile Jane is that she is not that woman. But when she sets out to prove him wrong, the secrets he cannot share put into jeopardy every
happiness they hope to find.

Publisher's Weekly Starred Review

"Goodman makes a dazzling return trip to 1891 and the town of Bitter Springs, Wyo. (after True to the Law), in this page-turning historical that slyly pays tribute to Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Jane Middlebourne, the orphaned daughter of missionaries, longs to flee her bleak life in New York City. She agrees to be the mail-order bride of rancher Morgan Longstreet. Morgan is hoping for a sturdy wife who can help him run his ranch, so he's shocked by the delicate-looking woman who steps off the train. While at first the pairing seems incongruous, Jane and Morgan rapidly learn that opposites can attract, and Morgan finds that Jane is feistier than he gave her credit for being. But when Morgan's past comes back to haunt them, it could have consequences for the entire town, leading to a dramatic and engrossing finish. This first-rate tale easily measures up to its predecessors and will make readers eager for their next visit to Bitter Springs." (May)

Romantic Times 4 Star Review

"Goodman delivers what her fans expect in a strong marriage-of-convience love story. Though loosely connected to the Nate Church series, this is a powerful novel that stands on itsown and captivates readers with its authentic atmosphere and well-crafted backdrop of the untamed West—not just romance, but a love letter to the wild land and the indomitable people who tamed it." ~Kathe Robin

Affaire de Coeur 4 & ½ Star Review

"Jo Goodman has weaved a spell with this novel. The atmosphere is perfect, and both leads are captivating and endearing. Morgan is a wonderful mix of laconic toughness and loving sincerity." ~Danielle Hill

Book Pushers Reviews

"Goodman's westerns are firmly on my autobuy and reread list. I can't wait to see what the next installment brings."

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BUHB Boots Under Her Bed

Felicity Ravenwood was raised to be independent-minded, but when this runaway bride opposes her father's choices, it is up to Nat Church to bring her around. But he doesn't count on springing her from jail, holding her hostage, or falling head over boot-heels in love.

RT Times 4 Star Review

"A quartet of powerhouse western writers delivers entertaining, sensual, realistic novellas to satisfy a reader's craving for a good old-fashioned wild west romance. There's humor, drama, excitement and plenty
of passion as four wonderful women find that the love
of a western man is just what they need." ~Kathe Robin

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true True To The Law


"Find her" is the only instruction that private detective Cobb Bridger receives from Andrew Mackey. The scion of a wealthy Chicago family, Mackey is desperate to know the whereabouts of the woman who disappeared from his employ, taking with her something of great value. Intrigued as much by what Mackey won't say about the missing item as he is by Mackey's description of the missing woman, Cobb accepts the assignment.


Bitter Springs, Wyoming, has a new schoolteacher who may or may not be exactly what she seems. Upon making the acquaintance of Miss Tru Morrow, Cobb begins to question the guilt of this golden-haired lady—and the protective feelings she stirs in him. His investigation hinges on understanding where the
truth lies.

"In this engrossing novel set in 1889 Wyoming, Goodman (A Place Called Home) delivers a lovable and feisty heroine and an upstanding lawman who find each other in highly unlikely circumstances. Gertrude "Tru" Morrow is bereft and at loose ends after the death of her wealthy employer, Charlotte Mackey, in Chicago. She takes a job as a schoolteacher in the tiny town of Bitter Springs, Wyo., but trouble follows her: Mrs. Mackey's grandson, Andrew, thinks Tru stole from his grandmother and hires detective Cobb Bridger to find her. In the process of checking her out, Cobb falls hard for Tru, a minister's daughter with a fondness for fine whiskey. All that remains is to figure out who's lying to whom. Engaging characters and a well-plotted story will captivate the reader all the way to the satisfying conclusion."

~ Publishers Weekly

The Last Renegade


As the owner of the Pennyroyal Saloon and Hotel, Lorraine Berry is privy to almost everything that goes on in Bitter Springs, Wyoming—including the bloodshed plaguing its citizens. With all of the good men dying at the hands of a local rancher and his three sons, Raine hires a shootist to be the town's protector. But her handsome new employee is more than a hired hand; he's a man that keeps his guns close and his secrets closer.


After a chance encounter on a train, Kellen Coltrane travels to the Pennyroyal to carry out a dying man's last wish. But once he meets the hotel's fiery-haired proprietor, Coltrane finds himself assuming the role of the shootist's accomplice and agrees to protect Bitter Springs. And as he learns more about Raine's own tragedy, Coltrane can't deny his growing desire for the courageous widow, or the urge to protect her from the threat that draws near...

Multidimensional villains and heroes add humor and drama to a complicated, fast-paced, and deliciously believable story of love, sex, and secrets.

~ Publishers Weekly

"Fans of western romance will be thrilled with this delightful addition to Goodman's strong list."

~ Booklist

"Simmering sexual tension, exceptional character development, and slowly revealed secrets make this a book to savor."

~ Library Journal

"The Last Renegade plays out like the best classic western movies. Tension builds steadily as the pages turn, with author Jo Goodman teasingly offering up tidbits that round out the characters and plot as the story winds towards a good old-fashioned western conclusion. Goodman uses beautifully evocative language to set the scene, and her use of physical descriptors and dialogue paint portraits of the characters right down to "cheeks apple red with windburn and excitement." The Last exceptional across the board, a sheer delight."

~ Reader to Reader

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