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REVIEW: Here’s to the Ladies (Western anthology) by Carla Kelly

Dear Mrs. Kelly,

Most people know you for your excellent trad regencies but I wish more people would mention this anthology featuring stories about the 19th century frontier Army. This book is fabulous. Just fabulous. Some of the short stories and novellas are told from the hero’s POV and some from the heroine’s. Some are funny, some are sad and most are both. Some are not for the faint of heart as many of the men are Civil War veterans and you don’t skimp on telling how war really is. There is also one about a detail pinned down in Arizona by Apaches that has some gory details. Two of the characters are surgeons and one reminds me of Jesse from The
Wedding Journey. But every one of them is wonderful and I give the book an A+.

Thanks for sticking with writing even when the publishers let you (and us the readers) down.


Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.


  1. Phyl
    Nov 20, 2006 @ 12:37:42

    I have to agree–this is an awesome book. I have nothing to add to what you’ve said Jayne, except that you are absolutely right.

    Counting the days until Ms. Kelly’s next book is published.

  2. jmc
    Nov 20, 2006 @ 14:37:35

    I loved Here’s to the Ladies. I’ve pimped it to everyone I know, with varying degrees of success. Some people, even non-romance readers, just aren’t interested in westerns, and refuse to read it outright. But my mom, the non-romance reader who calls them “trashy” without any of the affection or subversion of the Smart Bitches, devoured this book in one sitting and asked for more by Kelly.

  3. Jayne
    Nov 20, 2006 @ 19:53:06

    I’m counting the days too. Everytime it seems like we’re within a short time of getting the book, it gets delayed again. Grrrrr. She did mention in an email a few months ago that she’s looking into re-releasing her books in ebook format. Wouldn’t that be great? ;)

  4. Carla Kelly
    Feb 12, 2007 @ 14:57:50

    So glad you liked “Here’s to the Ladies.” It’s my personal favorite.
    Beau Crusoe will be out next month (March)


  5. Jayne
    Feb 13, 2007 @ 13:57:59

    Do you plan on writing anything similar in the future? Do we have another book to look forward to after Beau Crusoe? Ebook rereleases of your older books maybe?

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