book cover of Fair Is the Rose
Added by 3 of our members

Fair Is the Rose

(1993)
(The second book in the Van Alen Sisters series)
A novel by

 
 
Publisher's Weekly
McKinney ( Lions and Lace ) delivers plenty of strong frontier flavor in this melodramatic but entertaining historical romance, her hardcover debut. In the 1880s, New Yorker Christabel Van Alen, falsely convicted of the murder of her wealthy, illustrious parents, escapes from an asylum for the criminally insane and flees to Wyoming territory. The real killer, she knows, is her dastardly, mustache-twirling uncle, and she is more afraid of him than of the law, sure that only her death will leave him satisfied. Enter a gang of brutal thieves, who waylay a stagecoach and take Christabel hostage. Christabel is attracted to the outlaws' unacknowledged leader, handsome Macauley Cain, but when he turns out to be an undercover U.S. marshal, she fears he will despise her if he learns of her past. She runs away again, this time becoming a dance-hall girl in a frontier town. Of course Macauley finds her, but so does an assassin sent by her uncle. The bodice-ripping grows tiresome and the plot creaks at times, but all the ingredients for light diversion are solidly in place.

BookList - Denise Perry Donavin
McKinney's romance set in the Wild West is a pleasant alternative to the bountiful supply of Regency fare. Her heroine, Christal, a fugitive disguised as a widow, is traveling aboard a stage coach when it is hijacked. All of the passengers are held prisoner until a ransom is paid by the stage company. During her captivity, Christal is protected and mesmerized by one none-too-gentle outlaw, who turns out to be a marshal, also in disguise. Even though she has fallen in love, Christal runs from her lawman after the rescue, because her face and the rose figure scarred into her hand are on a wanted poster from New York. The marshal's pursuit and Christal's stubborn defiance, set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Wyoming, result in a love story riddled with danger, suspense, and, of course, a blissful climax.

Genre: Historical Romance

Used availability for Meagan McKinney's Fair Is the Rose

Hardback Editions

September 1993 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Fair Is the Rose
Author(s): Meagan McKinney
ISBN: 1-56895-031-4 / 978-1-56895-031-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


April 1993 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: Fair is the Rose
Author(s): Meagan McKinney
ISBN: 0-385-30915-5 / 978-0-385-30915-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

October 1993 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumb

Title: Fair is the Rose
Author(s): Meagan McKinney
ISBN: 0-440-20913-7 / 978-0-440-20913-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Island Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Fair is The Rose (The Van Alen Sisters (2))
Author(s): Meagan McKinney
ISBN: 1-5200-3597-7 / 978-1-5200-3597-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumb

Title: Fair is The Rose (The Van Alen Sisters (2))
Author(s): Meagan McKinney
ISBN: 1-5200-3601-9 / 978-1-5200-3601-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


August 2016 : Australia Audio edition
thumb

Title: Fair is the Rose
Author(s): Meagan McKinney
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon AU   


August 2016 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: Fair is the Rose
Author(s): Meagan McKinney
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon CA   


August 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: Fair is the Rose
Author(s): Meagan McKinney
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2014 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: Fair Is the Rose (Van Alen Sisters Book 2)
Author(s): Meagan McKinney
Publisher: Open Road Media Romance
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU