The Banker’s Wife (The Darlings of Deadwood – Book 4)


WESTERN: Bertha Mae Jorgenson wants a simple life, one that includes her grandparents and life on their farm. Her overzealous, social-climbing mother wants more for her daughter. That ‘more’ includes marriage to a man ten years Bertha’s senior, the son of a banker, who stands to inherit a large about of wealth. Unfortunately, Mr. Woods is a vile man. As charming as he first seems, he’s physically abusive to the point that Bertha, seeing no way out, disposes of her husband in a most permanent way.

“The Banker’s Wife” has one of the most unique storylines in historical romance. Namely, a heroine who goes from a young, impressionable girl, to a woman who is bitter, rude, and disliked by almost everyone around her. Once her husband is gone, Bertha is plagued by nightmares of the incident and wonders if she’ll ever regain her previous carefree life. The supporting characters bring the story to life. From the social-climbing mother, to the best friend, to those who help Bertha regain control of her life, they add nicely to the overall plot. When love finally comes back into Bertha’s life, there is an immense feeling of relief that she’s finally getting the life she might have had all along, if not for the interference of others. There are a few spots in the story where the pace slows a bit too much, as well as a few minor spelling/grammar errors. Otherwise, this story is a perfect example of how a well-crafted story doesn’t require a perfect heroine. Fans of unique storylines in a well-researched historical setting will enjoy this book.

N.E. Kelley