As Patricia PacJac Carroll’s debut novel, Liberty Belle, provides an action packed tale of twenty year old Libby Longstreet’s search for independence and freedom in 1850.
Left at the altar by a childhood friend, Libby runs from the church and stumbles into the arms of Wade Calder, who saves her from falling. Wade, running from his own past, restores Libby and gallops off dropping his sheriffs badge at her feet. Their brief encounter is a moment where they both return to dream in the dark of night.
To escape her dominating Mother and the humiliation of being left at the altar, she leaves in the middle of the night to take the stage from Missouri to Denver, Colorado. She is accompanied by her thirty year old ‘spinster’ Aunt Flora Longstreet, who learns of Libby’s plans and decides this could be her last chance to have a life as well. Neither are prepared, from the weather to the dangers, for the results of their rather impulsive decision to go into the frontier.
If you like stories of independent women making their way in the world, you will enjoy this book. As Libby moves closer to her the world she dreamed of, her journey becomes filled with danger, conflicts and problems until it seems no one, not even Wade, will be able to save her.
I must have been influenced by the characters in the book. After finishing it, I took off on a 3 day trip without a plan or a map. There are few slower paces in the beginning of the book, but once the action begins, it is hard to put down.
Patricia Carroll is in my writing critique group.
Patricia PacJac Carroll