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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Thimbles and Thistles holds so true to its subtitle; it is a sweet historical western romance. The Baker City Brides series just keeps getting better. While this is the second book, it can certainly be read as a stand alone and be enjoyed on its own merit.
Maggie is the heroine of the story. Ian is the man she resists allowing into her heart. Thane and Jemma, as well as Sheriff Tully, are from Crumpets and Cowpies, book one, and are all dear friends of Maggie. The story takes place in Baker City, Oregon, a small western town where Maggie owns a dress shop and lives above the store. Ian is the owner of the lumber mill and has loved Maggie since he first saw her. Maggie lost her beloved husband Daniel in a mine accident ten years ago and has vowed never to fall in love and marry again. She is finding it harder and harder to resist the Scottish charm of Ian though. Thane, Jemma and Tully can see the love that flashes between Maggie and Ian, and each in their own way try to persuade the stubborn Maggie to allow herself to fall in love. We share mine accidents, bank robbers and more before we find out the big question: will Maggie marry Ian or spend the rest of her life alone?
Shanna Hatfield has done it again. Her writing is so real that there were several times I just wanted to shake Maggie and tell her how it was time to give up the ghost and marry Ian. I loved Crumpets and Cowpies, but Thimbles and Thistles was even better and I can’t wait for book three to be published. Thimbles and Thistles has everything - the old west, love, a good story and characters that felt like I’ve known them forever. This is a must-read; you will not regret it.