Review: Claiming Her Legacy by Linda Goodnight

This historical western romance made me feel like I was thrown back in time with these characters and experiencing things right along with them. The book started with a slow build, showing the desperate financial situation the Malone sisters found themselves in. Willa’s determination to find the man who killed her father and bring him in for the bounty was an unheard of thing for a woman to attempt and extremely dangerous.

What a great twist for Willa’s one hope for an experienced tracker to be a man who was in the clutches of an addition to alcohol. I couldn’t help but like Gideon! He had some extremely tragic events from his past that drove him to drink. His journey to freedom from the hold that the alcohol had on him lasted throughout the entire story and was not an easy one. He was a great character who ended up eventually showing great strength both in character and in faith. His faith journey was beautifully woven into the book naturally, too.

I loved the way the romance grew between these two. It was realistic and slow building, with two people who were full of doubts regarding whether they were worthy of the other person’s love. There were some harrowing moments of danger in this story, as well, and a very satisfying conclusion.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


With her family’s legacy on the line, a woman with everything to lose must rely on a man hiding from his past…

Oklahoma, 1890

Frontier women don’t ride off alone to track an outlaw—not even women as capable as tomboy spinster Willa Malone. But Willa desperately needs the bounty money offered for her father’s killer if she’s to keep their homestead and take care of her sisters. That means she needs an expert tracker’s help. Gideon Hartley has the skill, but the handsome trail guide also has a troubling secret…

Gideon has spent years trying to numb his pain with whiskey. Little by little, their quest—and Willa’s belief in him—is restoring the sense of purpose he thought he’d lost. Journeying into the heart of danger, they’ll have to face down the past together if they hope to protect their future…



Winner of the RITA Award for excellence in inspirational fiction, Linda Goodnight has also won the Booksellers’ Best, ACFW Book of the Year (twice), and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine.

Linda has appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and Christian bestseller lists, and her romance novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A  former nurse and teacher, Linda loves writing fiction that carries a message of hope and light in a sometimes dark world.

Linda enjoys cooking, reading, and travel. Next on her bucket list are Israel and Scotland. She lives in Oklahoma with husband, Gene, who, ironically, doesn’t travel at all.   

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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