Heresy, a review by Tanya

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Heresy
Melissa Lenhardt
Narrated by Barrie Kreinik; Bailey Carr; Ella Turenne; Nikki Massoud; Natalie Naudus; Imani Jade Powers; James Fouhey

Audiobook publishing Oct 26, 2021 by Hachette Audio and Redhook

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About the Book:

They were the first and only all-female gang in the American West. Though the newspapers refuse to give them credit, their exploits don’t go unnoticed. Now, they’ve got a rival male gang on their trail and an old score to settle.

Margaret Parker and Hattie LaCour never intended to turn outlaw.

After being run off their ranch by a greedy cattleman, their family is left destitute. As women alone they have few choices: marriage, lying on their backs for money, or holding a gun. For Margaret and Hattie the choice is simple. With their small makeshift family, the gang pulls off a series of heists across the West.

Though the newspapers refuse to give the female gang credit, their exploits don’t go unnoticed. Pinkertons are on their trail, a rival male gang is determined to destroy them, and secrets among the group threaten to tear them apart. Now, Margaret and Hattie must find a way to protect their family, finish one last job, and avoid the hangman’s noose.

My Review:

I love the idea of a female outlaw gang. Especially one that acts like Robin Hood and shares the wealth with the townsfolk.

As the story unfolds, I ended up adoring each of the women gang members for their grit and determination and the path they had to take to become these strong women.

The characters were wonderful, the story entertaining and the wild west from a female point of view is such a great story!  I would love to see this turned in to a movie or TV Series.

And can we talk for a moment about how so many authors are finally embracing diversity in characters!  Heresy has both POC and LBGTQIA+ community representation and I am loving it! A big Thank You to the author for their inclusiveness.

The narrators were fantastic and if you like audiobooks, this is definitely one to add to your list!

The only detractor for me in this story was that it was told from a researchers perspective.  Interviews and journal readings.  Every time the story would come back to the researcher, even if only for a minute or two, it pulled me out of the past and I wasn’t a fan.  I loved Hattie’s retelling in the interview process and of course the journals of both Margaret and Grace but if it was written as just a regular story, I would have loved it so much more.  That’s just a personal choice and I’m sure other readers will really like this storytelling method.

If you like the Old West, strong female leads and adventure, definitely pick up a copy of Heresy!

Thank you to #HachetteAudio, #Redhook and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

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