although it is typically not my style to rate books, i would give this one a three out of five stars. it's a typical settling the west (non trashy) romance written in diary style. the characters are engaging and enjoyable. it's entertaining for the most part. there is an excessive amount of traumatic death, even for a settling with west novel. it ends abruptly without really saying much.
on a side note, the random spelling errors drove me bonkers. as an english teacher of beginning english writers, this is just not how it goes. students do not spell everything perfectly except for a random word now and then. nope.