Release Day Review: Winning Maura's Heart by Linda Broday

Series: Hangman’s Daughters #1 Genre: Historical Western Romance

A handsome stranger on her doorstep!

Texas, 1876. Maura Taggart is an outcast. She is the daughter of a hangman and tainted by association - no reputable man would ever want her as his wife. And now she is homeless, along with her sister and the group of children in their care. But Maura has grit. She finds a nearby mission where the nuns agree to take them in and set up an orphanage. But trouble is just around the corner . . .

The Calhoun brothers are identical twins but on opposite sides of the law. Cutter is a deputy Marshal, Jonas an outlaw. When Cutter attempts to break his brother out of a notorious gang, they are shot, and Maura finds one of them wounded, close to the mission - but which brother is it?

As the stranger regains his strength under Maura's care an attraction between them grows, but there's a question over his identity. Can he be trusted and why has his presence brought danger to their door? With the orphanage under threat can Maura trust this handsome stranger both with their safety and with her heart?

**ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

I absolutely love Linda Broday's books. I don't even need to read the synopsis to decide if I am going to read it. I fully trust her to deliver a great story with amazing characters. Winning Maura's Heart is the first book in her Hangman's daughters series and it follows the story of the sisters Maura and Emma who are outcasts because their father is a hangman. In the beginning of the book the sisters are forced to leave and take with them a group of orphans. They decide to make their home at an abandoned mission nearby, but find that it isn't as abandoned as they thought. The nuns living there agrees to turn the mission into an orphanage and the sisters and nuns start working together to take care of the children. One day when Maura is hunting she finds Calhoun, who is wounded, and takes him back to the mission and nurses him back to health. It doesn't take long before Maura and Calhoun start catching feelings for each other. However, both are keeping secrets from the other.

Winning Maura's Heart was a very heartwarming and beautiful historical western romance. The characters were all amazing and added extra layers to the story. The nuns were so helpful and sweet, Maura and Emma did everything in their power to take care of the unwanted orphans. They all worked together to give those children the best. Calhoun and the sister's uncle Max, who is also living at the mission, were great protectors and role models for the children. Everything just came together perfectly. The added action scenes were great but not overpowering. The romance was sweet and I enjoyed seeing Maura and Calhoun grow closer together. I am assuming Emma's story is next. I can't wait to see what will happen and who will steal her heart. If you are looking for a uplifting historical romance then I highly recommend this book and also check out Linda Broday's other books!


At a young age, Linda Broday discovered a love for storytelling, history, and anything pertaining to the Old West. After years of writing romance, it’s still tall rugged cowboys that spark her imagination. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Linda has won many awards, including the prestigious National Readers’ Choice Award and the Texas Gold. She resides in the Texas Panhandle where she’s inspired every day.

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