“You don’t own a dress? Not even a skirt?”
My five-year-old mind couldn’t comprehend a girl not having even one of this most basic, most crucial wardrobe essential. And yet, the little girl who lived up the street from me (whose name I can’t recall) owned plenty of shorts and pants and yet no dresses.
Isn’t it strange that we associate certain articles of clothing with our identity?
The Bible actually speaks quite a bit about how we should dress. And I’m not talking about whether women should wear hats in church or whether it is okay to wear makeup. No, these things are much more specific and vastly more important.
We should clothe ourselves with:
- tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience – Col 3:12
- love – Col 3:14
- humility – I Peter 5:5
- strength and dignity – Prov 31:25
- power from on high – Luke 24:49
Paul tells us to “put on”:
- the new self – created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness – Eph 4:24 Col 3:10
- Christ – Galatians 3:27 Rom 13:13-14
- the armor of light, the full armor of God – Rom 13:12 Eph 6:11
Moreover, God clothes us with
- gladness – Psalm 30:11
- salvation – Psalm 132:16, Is 61:10
Series: Women of the West #3
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date July 9, 2016
Genres: Christian Fiction, Western, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Setting: Wyoming Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
First Published as Love Finds You in Sundance, Wyoming--this is a reissue with a new title and an epilogue added. Angel Ramirez has been on the run for years disguised as a boy. She wants a fresh start, but can she learn to live like a lady? On the run from a dangerous outlaw, Angel works her way across several states disguised as a boy and working as a varmint tracker and horse wrangler. After taking a job on a Wyoming ranch owned by a bachelor and his widowed sister, she finally reveals her true identity and must fight to prove her worth as a ranch hand while somehow discovering her role as woman.
Hiring a woman doesn't sit well with Travis Morgan, and the dark-haired beauty is causing a ruckus among his cowboys. Just as Angel decides she'll never be able to please her boss, an unexpected surprise arrives from across the ocean and makes trouble on the ranch. Will Angel leave with the person who's come so far to claim her?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Angel’s uncle had protected her from the wicked outlaws he ran with for as long as he could and finally sent her away. After three long years hiding her identity in the guise of a boy and earning a reputation as an expert tracker and wrangler, she moves to Wyoming to start anew. To show herself as the woman she is. Yet, having spent so much of her life with only her uncle to guide her, she has very little idea of how to act and no dresses to complement her new identity.
Angel was such a refreshing character. She was without guile – other than the ruse of being a boy, of course. She didn’t put on airs or think much of her appearance. Even her skills with the rifle were not anything she was boastful about – it was just something she did well. Her past had left her emotionally damaged and she had trouble accepting the love of God. She also feared for her life if anyone knew what she had done before leaving her uncle. . .
Travis was delightfully clueless about women. His widowed sister was more than a handful for him. Therefore, when he discovered that his new hire was not the man he expected, he intended to replace her as soon as possible. Yeah, you can guess how that went.
Travis also struggled with his identity. His father was sorely disappointed in him for abandoning a potential career as a lawyer for a ranch and waited for Travis to give up his foolishness and return home.
I really enjoyed this sweet story. It combined romance with adventure in the Old West and had a strong, encouraging spiritual thread.
While this is part of a series, the books are related in theme, not in characters and therefore can be read independently. Be warned, however. Once you have read Outlaw Angel, you are bound to want to read the others, as I now do.