Gabriel's Atonement (Land Rush Dreams #1)
All Gabe Coulter ever wanted was to live a comfortable life as a successful gambler, but a confrontation with a disgruntled cowboy who’d just lost to Gabe leads to a family man dying in his arms. Even though it was self-defense, the only way Gabe knows to get rid of his guilt is to return the money he won to the man’s wife. Lara Talbot sees Gabe as a derelict like her husband and wants nothing to do with him. But as she struggles to provide for her family and makes plans to claim property in the upcoming Oklahoma land rush, she wonders if God might have sent the meddling gambler to help.
I've always been drawn to heroes who are a bit on the wild side. I wanted to write a book about a man with a questionable past who had a good heart. I think achieved that in Gabe's character. The takeaway from Gabriel's Atonement is that no one, no matter what they've done, is too far gone that God can't redeem them. God's love covers a multitude of sins.
Why the author wrote this book:
I grew up in Oklahoma and have wanted to write a land run story for a long time. I actually started Gabriel's Atonement back in 2008 but had to set it aside to work on contracted books. Gabe's story is dear to my heart because it's sat in the back of mind, waiting for a publisher to fall in love with it. I'm so glad Barbour Publishing purchased it. I hope you enjoyed it.