4 out of 4 stars
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Wyandotte Bound by George T. Arnold is a fascinating book about men and women bound to the western town Wyandotte, Nevada, by circumstances or choice, and to them, bound means different things.
The book is divided into four parts (stories). In the first part, J. D. Rohr, one of the West’s most famous and feared gunfighter, meets the well-educated, refined, and wealthy Stephanie Van Shelton on his way to Wyandotte. As an attempt to live in obscurity, J. D. Rohr changes his name to Jesse Bodine and gets a job in Wyandotte. Everything sails smoothly for Jesse until his past comes knocking. The second part, which is set three years after Jesse arrives in Wyandotte, is about Dr. Frederick Carlisle, who leaves his luxurious lifestyle and affluent patients in Boston and settles in Wyandotte as a rural doctor. His fiancée, Honoria Lowell Blaire, is just as he used to be: pampered and wealthy. Will Honoria, even after being exposed to life in Wyandotte, agree to marry Dr. Carlisle and let go of her luxurious lifestyle?
The third part is set 15 years after Dr. Carlisle settles in Wyandotte. The town is about to undergo a massive change, but Preston Turner, the victim of an unfortunate accident, is bent on having his revenge by taking over the town. The last part, which is also about Dr. Carlisle, is set 23 years after he moved to Wyandotte. He visits Boston and meets with Honoria, but he is in for a surprise.
I appreciate how George T. Arnold smartly mixes western action with a bit of romance and drama. The writing is simple and involves noncomplex sentences. The stories are also straight to the point and devoid of any half-baked or jumbled secondary plots. I also love that the narrative is particularly intriguing and captivating from the very first page. The author is descriptive in his scenes and has provided interesting characters, with lessons to be learned from their lives. Wyandotte Bound is quite appealing, possessing just the right amount of western action and romance.
George T. Arnold weaves a tale of true companionship, love, selflessness, sacrifice, and forgiveness. The book symbolizes change and how people respond to it because there is a transformation that comes with it; Wyandotte, though a small town, is the magnet that brings transformation to these men and women. The book focuses on the power of love, family, and friendship, and although people such as Jesse and Preston can be victims of circumstance, humans are the designers of their own fate. Furthermore, the novel explores loyalty and the power of a true community.
I assign Wyandotte Bound a rating of 4 out of 4 stars, as I love just about everything about the book. The book contains vulgar language, so it is not suitable for a younger audience. Nevertheless, I would recommend the work to enthusiasts and readers of the western romance and action genre and people who love drama.
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