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Westbound

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Westbound
After disaster strikes, one family’s fresh start is the fresh start of a series following the Harrigans and their journey west. I found the characters believable for the most part, pacing was decent, wasn’t one of my favorites but not a bad read. I do appreciate being allowed an ARC of this book to review.
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As usual, Dusty hits it out of the park. Its clear the author has done all the research to do some phenomenal world building. Engaging, characters you'll love, you wont be sorry with this feel good amazing read!
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"Westbound: The Battling Harrigans of the Frontier" is a different kind of western.  Rather than the typical shoot 'em up with wild men running about, this is more of a character novel with family being the central core.  It is about a strong family with incredible bonds who love each other deeply and care about their fellow humans. There are criminaly and merciless killers in the book but they are not the central story.

After a fire which killed the patriarch of the Harrigans, the son- “Mack” Mackworth Harrigan sells their grist mill in Ohio and decides to move to California where an uncle has written glowing letters about the gold nuggets lying around to be picked up.  Mack and his wife, Ell along with two sons, Kane and Fitch,  and a daughter, Meghan, set out late in the year to move westward.  Most wagon trains have long since left but Mack is determined. A very small train is there but the wagon master leaves something to be desired.  

There are people they meet along their journey who want to have their way.  Mack becomes embroiled in several battles of what's right.  Often Mack finds himself needing to fight for what he believes is the correct way to deal with people. As might be expected this rubs some people the wrong way.

Mack's innate sense of fairness and fair play eventually get called into question where he is accused of murder, and there are some dark times that the family has to endure.  Will good win or will evil?  You will have to read the book to find out.  I definitely recommend it.  It is a quick read and an enjoyable one.
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this was a great start to a new series by Dusty Richards, I always enjoy a good book by him. It was what I was hoping for in a western book. The characters were what I was hoping for and they worked really well in the time-period. I can't wait to read more in this series and from this author.
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