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Title: Sarah’s Bounty
Author: Terri Crews
Release Date: Feb. 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Inspired Romance Novels
Posted: March 21, 2012
Reviewer: Paula R
Heat Level: I
How can retrieving and delivering a grown woman to her mother be anything short of kidnapping? That is what J.T. Blake asked himself as he set off to do just that from Raleigh, North Carolina to Brownsville, Tennessee in 1850. Is this particular bounty hunt really worth the $5000 Amanda promises Blake if he delivers Sarah to her "untouched?"
Why, after all these years, does the widow Amanda Cummings want Sarah Rose to come to her home? Will Sarah be able leave for good the life she has known as the daughter of saloon owner Ruby Rose? As Sarah soon finds out there have been lots of deception concerning her life. And how is the handsome bounty hunter J.T. Blake involved?
As Sarah is brought to Raleigh, she learns the secret of her past. Will Sarah be able to accept her mother? Will the growing attraction she feels for Blake lead to happiness in her life? And will Amanda find the courage to reveal her secret to all she has hurt in the past?
As the story unfolds you will find how one woman’s powerful love lead to decisions that affected many people. You will see what Sarah’s Bounty is really worth.
I really loved the underlying current of attraction between Blake and Sarah during their ride back to Raleigh, North Carolina during the 1850s that Terri Crews brought out in Sarah’s Bounty. Learning of the different dangers one faced riding on the trail back in that time was extremely interesting. However, I felt this part of the story was a little lengthy. There was too much sexual tension between the two--with Sarah discovering that she is beginning to have feelings for Blake as well as Blake beginning to realize there is something different about Sarah that he never felt with any other woman. But her mother is paying him to return Sarah "untouched."
Throughout the days it takes for them to reach Raleigh, they encounter many things that slow their journey. One, in particular, is passing through the territory that belongs to a Native American, Wild Bear--a man that Blake saved in the past. Wild Bear has always allowed Blake passage without danger. However, Native Americans are always looking for white women they can keep. This makes Blake concerned his ally will not allow him to pass through the
Native-American territory with Sarah. At first, it seems that Blake is right. But by pretending that Sarah is his woman, they eventually secure safe passage. However, all of this "pretending" creates sexual tension between the hero and heroine. So does each new danger they encounter. Halfway through the book I thought the story was about over, but then it took a different twist. This rejuvenated my interest.
When Blake and Sarah arrive in Raleigh and Sarah is introduced to her birth mother Amanda, she learns about her childhood, that her father, Jared, still lives, and why her mother didn't tell her father about Sarah. Sarah's inner struggle with being able to love and forgive her mother for all this makes Sarah a stronger character. Then we see Blake come to grips with his love of a woman. As Blake prepares to return to his normal life, he can’t get Sarah out of his mind. These new feelings torture him. Luckily, Sarah's realization that she is in love with Blake makes her determined to keep him in her life. So, she hires him to help her search for her father. One thing leads to another…Sarah's parents and grandparents are reunited and deal with her mother's secret.
Does Sarah find forgiveness for her mother? Does her father except her as his daughter? Do Amanda’s parents except her back in their lives? And do they except Sarah as their granddaughter? Do Sarah and Blake realize their love for each other?
Sarah’s Bounty is three intertwined stories. The characters are all related in some way and
come together throughout the last part of the book. I was amazed that Crewswas able to blend the subplots into one good story and still be able to thoroughly develop the characters. Crewsdoes a great job of showing the reader the power of real love and how one’s decisions are ultimately affected by that love.