at its best! Between the stirrups and the saddle, Bobby
Woodall brilliantly weaves a web of history, war, romance and
intrigued. You will not be able to put this book down!
~ Karen Vance Hammond, author of
Mercer's Manor has Dan Mercer leading a cast of strong male
characters through their paces. Mercer's an ex-soldier from
Andersonville Prison, trying to forge a new life for himself against
tough odds. Mr. Woodall's descriptions paint a vivid picture of the
harsh realities of the post Civil War era and Mercer is indeed a
memorable hero in the best Western tradition.
~ Shannah Biondine, Past
President of Los Angeles chapter of RWA LA, California
Mercer's Manor is a true-to-life Civil war era western.
It is a unique blend of an ex-Union officer's
struggle to overcome atrocities of being a prisoner of war at
Andersonville Prison, made more difficult from the harsh realities of
post-war survival. Atrocities inflicted on him that will forever be
engraved into the main characters mind, (Dan Mercer) as he searches out
a new way of life on the untamed plains. The elements of Oklahoma's
furious climate were realistically brought to life throughout the
story. As did the action packed battles against Indians and society.
The Author talents kept the story flowing with
events and details, which held this readers mind constantly desiring to
know what was about to unfold in this romantic/western.
The writer satisfies us with a true love that can
stand the test of time and the constant torment of separation, while
nobly helping a Widow's attempts to survive. Even the Government's
betrayal request would not quench the passion for a lost love.
An excellent romantic, action-packed western.
~ James Chancellor
This is the first Western novel I ever read. I grew
up in a house full of my dad's Westerns, but I never read them because
I thought they would be boring. “Mercer's Manor” is anything but
boring. The story of Dan Mercer, a Civil War veteran who endured a
hellish prison camp, moves along at a brisk pace. He rescues the
beautiful Glory B. Stahl, and together they stumble upon the Abernathy
ranch. Marg Abernathy is a widow raising a half-grown son and twin
daughters. Dan quickly finds himself at home, but one morning Glory
disappears. As Marg's son Larry grows and makes Dan a partner in the
ranch, the old Abernathy place becomes Mercer Manor. As suddenly as
Glory disappeared, Dan gets a chance to see her again. Will he find her
before it's too late?
Woodall tells a great story and tells it well. He
knows his 19th century history like the back of his hand and brings it
beautifully to life in this Western novel.
~ Erin O’Riordan