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Reviewed by Paul F. Murray for Readers' Favorite
His Law Is Love by Rebekah A. Morris is a delightful story of the Christmas spirit rising and triumphing even amidst an atmosphere of hate and fear. Amelia Ware visits her sister Hope Macy and brother-in-law Coleson Macy in Arizona Territory in the first decade of the 20th century. Arizona was not yet a state back then. Hope and Coleson have three children of their own plus they have taken in three orphaned Native American children. Because of fear and hatred of Indians (probably based on memories of Geronimo and his band of vicious Apaches), the people in the town despise the Macys. But some in the town are not content to simply dislike the Macys; they intend to force them to get rid of the three Native American children that they have adopted. Threats against the Macys turn into violence, and Coleson must try his best to protect his family and face down the family’s enemies with the help of a sympathetic local sheriff and an Arizona Ranger. To what extent Coleson succeeds or not, is something that readers will have to decide for themselves. Amidst all the mayhem, Amelia tries to remind the Macys of the Christmas season and the need to celebrate it as best they can with their lives being threatened.
His Law Is Love by Rebekah A. Morris is a different kind of Western, one that will appeal to readers of traditional Westerns but also to those who would not ordinarily pick up a Western novel, as the plot centers not so much on brawny gunfighters as it does upon ordinary, everyday people trying to live in an area that is trying—not always successfully—to move beyond its Wild West cowboys and Indians days. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and it is an excellent read, especially for those who are time-challenged and like their novels relatively short. But I firmly believe that everyone who reads this novel will see in it a beautiful, poignant story about what Christmas should really mean to people beyond mere observance.