- Author Paty Jager
- Release Date September 21, 2017
- Publisher Windtree Press
- ISBN/ASIN B075VJ3JVH
- Our Rating
- Reviewed by Jo
SAVANNAH is the first book in a new series, SILVER DOLLAR SALOON, and it held my interest from the first page to the last. The book is set in the late 1800’s in Shady Gulch in the Dakota Territories. Savannah travels from her home in Atlanta to find her half brother because she needs someplace to live after her father dies. Her father’s banker tries to get her to marry him to help pay off her father’s debts. Both she and her father have always told him no. Savannah’s estranged from her mother, who only wanted to party and have a good time at her husband’s and daughter’s expense.
When we first meet Savannah, we see how feisty and strong she is. After enduring many hardships during her travels, she finally meets her brother but doesn’t get the warm welcome she hoped. She goes to work for him in the saloon that he owns to play the piano and work behind the bar. It’s different from most watering holes during that time since men are not to touch the women who work there.
While Savannah tries to assimilate herself into the town, she falls for the preacher. Her good heart shines through when she puts forth ideas to raise money for an organ for the church, and she helps organize the fundraiser. She plays the piano like an angel and entertains not only the men in the saloon with her music but also the people in town.
Not everyone is a fan of hers, especially when trouble follows her to Shady Gulch and negative criticisms about her character are thrown about. Evil pervades the town for a while until the goodness prevails. There are twists and turns to the story and a happily ever after with some closure. The vivid descriptions of the town made me feel like I was there. With so many characters at the Silver Dollar Saloon, I know we’ll be back many more times to find out how their lives turn out. I for one can’t wait.
Ms. Jager writes wonderful historical western romances set in the Old West—one of my favorite periods in history. I look forward to reading more of her books, not only in this series.