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Rowdy of the Cross L

B. M. Bower

Book Overview: 

There's bad blood between Rowland ''Rowdy'' Vaughan and Harry Conroy. Really bad blood. But Rowdy is crazy about Harry's sister, Jessie. Really crazy. And Jessie thinks the world of Harry and doesn't believe he would ever do anything bad, but.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Mr. Vaughan," she began hesitatingly, "this is too bad; you need not have left. I—I wasn't afraid."

"I know you weren't," conceded Rowdy. "But it was a hard formation—for a woman. Are there any more places on this flat marked Unavailable?"

Miss Conroy replied misanthropically that if there were they would be sure to find them.

They took up their weary wanderings again, while the yellow eye of the window winked after them. They missed Rodway's by a scant hundred yards, and didn't know it, because the side of the house next them had no lighted windows. They traveled in a wide, half circle, and thought that they were leaving a straight trail behind them. More than once Rowdy was urged by his aching arm to drop the lead-rope and leave Chub to shift by himself, but habit was strong and his heart was soft. Then he felt an odd twitching at the lead-rope, as if Chub were minded to rebel against their leadership. Rowdy yanked him into r. . . Read More

Community Reviews

3.5 stars. A nice little Western novella, its shortness maybe a bit of a weak point. I'd like to have had a little more time to get to know the characters better. Cowboy Rowdy Vaughn is smitten with pretty schoolteacher Jessie Conroy, but his efforts at courtship are hampered by his feud with her...more

Such a simple story but so wonderfully written.

The next title in my One-Author Challenge, Rowdy Of The Cross L, drops us right from the start into a blizzard with Rowdy, his horse Dixie, and a somewhat dense packhorse named Chub. I had to laugh when Rowdy, completely lost in new territory, leaves Dixie to decide which way to go, trusting the...more