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A wanted man
Parra, Nancy J.
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New York : Avalon Books, 2002.
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182 pages ; 21 cm
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"An Avalon historical romance"--Jkt.
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Brianna McGraw ventures out West to find and rescue her brother from bandits who will sell him illegally to the highest bidder. Separated after they were orphaned a few years ago, Brianna has worked hard as a librarian to save money for the trip. But when she arrives, she realizes she has to somehow come up with a thousand dollars to buy him back.She then sees a wanted poster with a sufficient reward and decides to become a bounty hunter, accomplishing two good deeds at once - bringing a criminal to justice and saving her brother.Trey Morgan's renegade days are long over. He is at home on his ranch, tending to his cattle, when Brianna appears and arrests him. He is more amused than concerned, wondering how she thinks she's going to drag him 900 miles through the mountains.To his surprise, Brianna proves over and over again that she is intelligent and strong enough to make the long and grueling trip. While he quietly observes his beautiful captor, his discomfort grows when she begins to win more and more of his respect and admiration.Soon, the threat his beautiful captor holds over him is not so much in the pistol she wields, but the lasso she has firmly fastened over his heart.

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Looking for a novel that demolishes the mousy librarian stereotype? Parra's sweet historical Western romance does just that, and so much more. Brianna McGraw, a librarian separated from her younger brother, Ethan, finally has enough money to send for him. In the meantime, Ethan, and 14 other orphanage boys are put on an orphan train and sent west, where unscrupulous miners "adopt" them and use them for slave labor. Brianna tracks Ethan down, but the miners want a thousand dollars for his release. Seeing a wanted poster offering a thousand dollar reward, Brianna McGraw, librarian, becomes Brianna McGraw, bounty hunter. Thanks to her fine research abilities, skill with weapons, and photographic memory, she captures Trey Morgan and begins the arduous trek from Wyoming back to Nevada. But Trey just doesn't seem like a criminal, and the longer they travel together the more they appreciate each other. Readers who like feisty, resourceful heroines, such as those in Leslie LaFoy's Maddie's Justice (2000) and Megan Chance's Fall from Grace (1997), will find much to admire in this story of a librarian who does us all proud. --Shelley Mosley