Autry’s review ~ Stages of the Heart by Jo Goodman

Posted May 5, 2020 by Sharon in Autry, Historical, Reviews / 0 Comments

A good historical romance for readers, it will keep you engaged and turning pages. ~ Autry – Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews




Experience has taught Laurel to be suspicious of the men who pass through Morrison Station. She’s been running the lucrative operation that connects Colorado’s small frontier town of Falls Hollow with the stagecoach line since she inherited it from her father, and she’s not about to let some wandering cowboy take over the reins. But newcomer McCall Landry isn’t just any gunslinger. He seems to genuinely care for Laurel, and with his rugged good looks and mysterious past, he could be the one man to finally tempt her off track…

Call Landry doesn’t expect much from Falls Hollow. He doesn’t expect much from anything anymore. But Laurel Morrison took him by surprise when she put in a good word for him, a virtual stranger, after the stagecoach was robbed–and she keeps taking him by surprise. Charmed by her clever wit and fierce loyalty, Call finds himself falling hard. Now all he has to do is convince her he means to stay–in her bed, in her life, and in her heart.




Stages of the Heart is a must read for historical romance fans. Ms. Goodman has included all of the right elements for readers to throughly enjoy this novel. Call (McCall) is a gun for hire so he has always lived his life on his terms and likes to think he’s prepared for anything. Laurel is a bit of a different character, she seems very stand-offish to other people in the beginning. The first meeting between the two was very controlled and stiff. They seem to ruffle each other’s feathers and then have to navigate troubled waters to make it through to enjoy each other.

The secondary characters add more depth and variety of people, it makes to ensure the laughter (the poor pastor). The setting in Stages of the Heart prove research has been done and the clothing, and story line are all probable. The Pinkerton make another appearance and the plot thickens as Call tries to find ways to prove how they fit as a couple and is encouraging ways to try and explain it to those watching. Call and Lauren grow both as people and as individuals working together.

I encourage historical romance fans to give it a try, the beginning takes a bit to get going but does not disappoint. is hard to not go into too many details and risk ruining the book for readers. A good historical romance with great characters and a plot that keeps readers engaged.


4 stars


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Posted May 5, 2020 by Sharon in Autry, Historical, Reviews / 0 Comments