ONCE UPON A WESTERN SERIES

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Mary Rose feels uneasy around Mr. Linden from the moment she meets him on the stagecoach ride to her grandmother’s ranch in Wyoming Territory. But he works for her grandmother, so that means he’s trustworthy, doesn’t it? Everyone else seems to view him as honest and respectable, and Mary Rose wonders if she’s overreacting.

She tries to ignore her suspicions until one night, she discovers his real reason for being at the ranch. Now, if she’s going to save her grandmother — and herself — she’s going to need to run faster than she’s ever run before.

“I normally don’t gravitate towards westerns, but I really enjoy fairy tale retellings. I especially like it when the author uses a different setting to tell the story or even uses a different genre, which is what Kovaciny does quite successfully with Cloaked.”

“Have you ever read a book that makes you crave an adventure? Perhaps a story that sparks a desire for travel, or independence? A story that simply sweeps you off your feet, whisking you away and inspiring that sense of wanderlust? For me, that story was Cloaked, by Rachel Kovaciny.”

“This book is what they call ‘a refreshment of the spirit.’ You know those early autumn days, after a long, weary summer, where you step outside and you’re suddenly hit with this lovely cool breeze that just makes you close your eyes and smile? That’s what reading this story was like, a breath of cool fresh air. It was wholesome and inspiring and fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Splendid stuff.”

 

Fifty dollars just for asking a few questions? Jedediah Jones figures it must be his lucky day. What dancing and doughnuts have to do with anything, he neither knows nor cares. He’s only interested in earning that money so he can finally eat something other than the apples he’s been living off for days. Once his stomach and his pockets are filled again, he plans to move on.

But answering the advertisement plunges him into a forest of painted trees, twelve pretty sisters, trouble, and more trouble. And, yes, doughnuts.

So many doughnuts.

Can Jedediah Jones solve the mystery and earn that fifty dollars when the whole town has failed? Or will the twelve sisters lose their family’s business no matter what he does?

“I love how Kovaciny’s stories have no magical elements in them, but you can still find parts of the original fairy tale hidden within. It’s also fun to see how the author fits the original fairy tale in something that could easily translate into a classic Western movie on its own.”

“I really enjoyed the main character and voicing of the story. I chuckled out loud by how the male protagonist was outnumbers and nearly out-manned by that lady-laden town! The other men were well-written, too. I appreciated the twists and turns and evidences of character development.”

“Have you ever wanted that basically perfect fairy tale retelling that just crackled with originality and spunk? Well, this is it. This book absolutely blew me away. I loved it sooooo much.”

 

Author Note: Cloaked was a Peacemaker Award finalist for Best Young Adult/Children’s Western Fiction of 2017.