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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
He Was The Only Thing Keeping Her Alive by Raymond Cook is a Western fiction novel. The book starts off in a pretty gripping way by introducing the reader to the wilds of Montana. The story then introduces some of the chief characters of the story as we move along, with Raymond, a bounty hunter; Martha, a lone woman struggling to make ends meet and run the café she used to own with her late husband Seth in Texas; and Seth himself who, besides being a gambler, was also a womanizer and ends up dead in a brawl. When Martha receives a letter and learns that she may be the heir to half of a gold mine in Montana, she needs to get there within a year or lose her claim. Thus, the race against time starts as she and Raymond, whom she hires to assist her, follow the trail and encounter adventures to reach their goal.
He Was The Only Thing Keeping Her Alive by Raymond Cook is a story that has a true Western flavor. Martha resides in Texas, and her life there and later on the way to Montana is depicted well; it is obvious that the author knows the history and the culture of the times as he writes in an old-fashioned Western style. I also liked the way the characters were depicted. Martha, in particular, is certainly relatable and believable. The scenery and the landscape of the plains are brought out vividly in the writing and the plot moves at a fast pace. Overall, I enjoyed this fun, fast-paced, entertaining read.