One thing I always enjoy is a good historical western romance novel. Kari Trumbo has provided just that in her latest novel To A Brighter Tomorrow. With its classic western trope with feuding sheep and cattle ranchers and a disputed tract of land, the story features the Johlman family and their rivals the Douglas family.

Younger son Gideon is a hard worker who is content following his father’s instructions but he has fallen head over heels for Josie, a half breed young woman his father would never accept as part of the family. They continue to meet secretly until their secret is discovered. Mischief is afoot with mysterious events that pit the two families against each other but Josie and her brother discover a sinister plot that no one would have suspected.

To A Brighter Tomorrow begins slowly but quickly works up to plenty of action, danger, romance, and faith. The author presented Josie’s situation with sympathy and I cheered for her as she bravely stood up for truth and justice despite her ill treatment. The dynamics within the Johlman family were believable and it was gratifying to watch certain attitudes change as the story progressed.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one in this series.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by the author. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


What’s a woman to do when she isn’t accepted?
Anywhere . . .

By the age of sixteen, Josephine Littlebear determined she was better off on her own. Her father’s hatred of her heritage sent her, alone and independent, to the cow town of Belle Fourche, SD. For years she worked hard and kept to herself, but that changed when she saved a man, and his sheep, from a chance encounter with a bear. Now she’s faced with having something she’s never had before: a friend.

Gideon has always done what his father asked of him.
Until now . . .

Being the second brother, Gideon’s life has always been planned out for him. He was destined to marry someone who could help their sheep ranch and build a family legacy. But when he’s trapped by a hungry bear and a woman he’s never seen before rescues him, sparks fly. Trouble is, his father will never accept a half-Indian bride.

The Johlman ranch is under attack, and no one seems to know by whom. Their faith is tested when proven friends turn to enemies. When Gideon’s older sister makes a surprising choice that could cost the family everything, he must choose which is more important—the family that’s given him everything, or the love of his life.

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Kari is a USA Today bestselling author who writes swoony heroes and places that become characters with detail and heart.

Her favorite place to write about is the place her heart lives, (even if she doesn’t) South Dakota.

Kari loves reading, listening to contemporary Christian music, singing when no one’s listening, and curling up near the wood stove when winter hits. She makes her home in central Minnesota, land of frigid toes and mosquitoes the size of compact cars, with her husband of over twenty years. They have two daughters, two sons, one cat, and one hungry wood stove.