Saturday, May 9, 2015

West For The Black Hills By Peter Leavell

Philip Anderson keeps his past close to the vest. Not many people in Mitchell, a small town in the Dakota Territory, would understand him living with the Sioux Indians who rescued him as a boy. Haunted by the murder of his parents as they traveled West in their covered wagon, he knows it wasn't Indians who killed them, and his many unanswered questions about that night still torment him. His only desire is to live quietly on his homestead and raise Arabian horses. Until he meets Anna, a beautiful young woman with secrets of her own. Is it his eery and unusual wolf eyes that draw Anna to him? Falling in love was not part of his plan. Can Philip open his heart and tell her how he feels before it's too late? With Anna a pawn in the corrupt schemes brewing in Mitchell, Philip is forced to become a reluctant gunslinger even as his inner battle gets in the way. Will Philip's uncannily trained horses and unsurpassed sharpshooting skills help him free Anna and find out what really happened to his family out there in the wilderness?

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Peter Leavell, a 2007 graduate of Boise State University with a degree in history, was the 2011 winner of Christian Writers Guild's Operation First Novel contest, and 2013 Christian Retailing's Best award for First-Time Author. Peter and his family live in Boise, Idaho. For entertainment, he reads historical books, where he finds ideas for new novels. Whenever he has a chance, he takes his wife and two homeschooled children on crazy but fun research trips. Learn more about Peter's books, research, and family adventures at

I liked Gideon's Call Leavell's first book but let me say I'm not a western fan normally. So because I liked the first book this author wrote I had to read this one. I did find it to be entertaining and very well written.
A little touch of romance and the western feel was not all that bad to me. I like the Christian aspect that comes across in the story.
This book is very rich in history from page one.
I would say that this is a 4 star book and western lovers will enjoy this book. This is just book one in the Dakota Sunrise series keep a look out for book two.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review. 


  1. This book is right for me . I am going out to buy this right now.

  2. Oh boy. I love westerns. Especially when they are christian westerns.

  3. Good review. Glad you enjoyed the Christian aspect of it.

    Judy B

  4. Westerns aren't really my thing but this one sounds interesting.

  5. I love to read Westerns, especially when it is about Indians. Used to be my favorite genre years ago. Sounds like a book that I would like to read. Thank you Mary for this review!

  6. I love Westerns. There was a time when that was almost all I read. I would love to read this one. Thanks for a chance to win. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <