The year is 1880, and outlaw gangs roam the West.
When Daisy Allen’s family is brutally murdered by the infamous Hopkins gang, she’s left with two options: drown in a bottle of whiskey and grief, or saddle up and hunt the killers down.
Accompanied by strangers in pursuit of the same outlaws, Daisy takes to the Colorado plains with an old revolver and a hunger for revenge. But the Hopkins gang isn’t easily found, and as their pockets run dry and the trail goes cold, Daisy and her companions may be at the end of the road. She must learn how to survive in this dangerous world of outlaws and gunslingers, or her only chance at avenging her family may be lost.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in a Western era, but Pistol Daisy has made me want to delve more into the genre. This book is very short, but is lacking nothing! I enjoyed Pistol Daisy so much; it only took me 3 hours to read it. I immediately took a liking to the main character, Daisy. She’s relatable, funny, and takes BS from no one. She’s strong for her age and has the tenacity to ten people inside her. She won’t let anything get in the way of her goals. I wanted nothing more than for her to get revenge for her family. From the beginning, you get to see how close-knit her family is. Reading about their deaths was truly heartbreaking and I felt for Daisy so much in that moment and the moments afterward.
The writing is amazing. This story is told from the first person point of view with Daisy narrating. She’s the core of the story and as the reader, you have no choice but to share Daisy’s emotions as she goes through them. We are fully immersed in the Western 1880s; saloons, brothels, and horses included. The descriptions of the scenery only aided in vivid storytelling. I could easily place myself in the Colorado plains and watch the story unfold. This is only evidence of Natalia Leigh’s gift for storytelling and imagery.
There were a few side characters introduced. It was hard to keep up with them all in the beginning. We learn the bare basics about them, which are supplemental to the plot. This didn’t bother me honestly because there will be a second installment, Whiskey City, which will maybe delve into the characters a little more. I do wish that we got a little more of Henry and Elizabeth as I found them to be the two most intriguing characters.
The ending to Pistol Daisy was a great setup for Whiskey City. There were additional plot points that were introduced, setting up a more interesting tale for later on. I like where this story is headed and am excited to see how it all unfolds. All in all, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick read with great writing and characters.
MY RATING: 4.5 STARS
Pistol Daisy is set to be published on June 9, 2020.
ARC was requested by me and provided by the author. Thank you!