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Publisher's Note:

An orphaned pioneer girl, an outlaw with a conscience, and a former Civil War captain influenced by the poetry of Walt Whitman...These three young castaways help each other erase wounds of the past and search for what they desperately need. This historical novel with romantic elements belongs on the bookshelf next to books by Anita Stansfield, Julianne Donaldson, and Susan Wiggs.…

Chance’s Bluff

by Catherine McGreevy

Overall Book Review:

Chance’s Bluff is a captivating tale about finding a place to belong. Set in the western frontier of Oregon, Montana and Idaho, the story follows main characters Ben, Chance, and Annabelle. These three each suffer great loss in the beginning chapters and readers will be hard pressed to put the book down. Author Catherine McGreevy keeps the story engaging with steady pacing and strong writing. McGreevy additionally captures the ‘Wild West’ time period with the inclusion of bank robberies, pioneer trains, and Indian hunts. In addition to action and adventure, Chance’s Bluff features a sweet romance. While the appearance of the same villain throughout the book seemed a bit far-fetched, the plot and characters are enjoyable and entertaining. Try Chance’s Bluff for your next historical fiction fix!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sweetwater Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Several secondhand reports of violence including men being killed in battle and Indian attacks; several brief scenes of violence including fistfights, slaps, beatings and being shot; a few non-detailed scenes of violent death include characters being shot and killed; a few scenes include brief accounts of blood and gore; one brief scene between robbers involves intense violence. 

Sex/Nudity:  Several incidents of kissing; a sexual reference and an implied incident of a man wanting to rape a woman. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Murder, implied attempt to rape, death of family members, racism, robbery and theft, the Civil War and slavery, gambling, strained family relationships.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A few characters smoke a pipe; a character chews tobacco; men drink alcohol in celebration; a few scenes take place in a saloon.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.