OK, this is officially driving me nuts. I’m trying to remember the name of a Western I read about 10 years ago. I thought it was a Zane Grey, but none of the descriptions on Amazon of his books sound anywhere close. (I checked Louis L’amour and just using keywords from the plot too and no dice.) The story was about a spoiled brat of a young woman who is kidnapped and taken out into the wilderness. Eventually we find out that her father hired the kidnapper to keep her from marrying this total idiot in a fit of rebellion. They end up having to stay out in the wilderness longer than originally planned because of a flood. She resists, but they fall in love. She finds out her father was behind it all and pretends she doesn’t really love the guy who kidnapped her, but makes him marry her “to protect her reputation.” She then hires some thugs of her own to kidnap him and throw him on the train with her of the end, to get them back on an even footing. It’s a true love happy ending. I know I read it at least twice and I think it may have had Canyon in the name somewhere, but I’m just hitting dead ends. It was a book on tape. Any ideas anyone?
I hope this rings a bell with somebody who puts me out of my misery.
UPDATED November 28 2016: I came across this post tonight and realized I had never updated this after I figured out the book. It turned out it was indeed a Zane Grey book which I had originally dismissed after reading the description on Amazon – I guess it goes to show you shouldn’t judge a book by its Amazon description. The book was Lost Pueblo which I recommend. The description above pretty much nails the story of the book. I could add that it also has a World War I element that I hadn’t remembered which makes this a fitting read for WWI.
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