It's summer! Are you ready? (Me neither.) But the 4th of July is nearly upon us, and luckily, the romance collection stands ready to get us into a patriotic mood. This month, I thought we'd return to our survey of historical romances with a look at the American Old West. After all, what says "independence" better than a cowboy?
The period of westward expansion during latter 19th and early 20th centuries has captured the romantic imagination more than any other period in American history. It's not surprising; from a Romance perspective, the West has got it all: tall tales, rugged men, and strong women. Majestic mountains, sweeping vistas, and skies glittering with stars. The promise of riches, cultures in conflict, and men in black hats. The pioneer spirit, taming a wild land with nothing but human strength and wits. Civilization overcoming lawlessness. The shining promise of the Industrial Age.
So... are you ready for a taste of independence? Saddle up, ladies, we're headed for the frontier! HYAH!