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This is the story of Beau Claxton, a cowboy who finds himself obliged to a young widow after she saves him from near death on the prairie. Beau and Charity face the difficulties of life on the prairie and ultimately find joy and hope. Beloved author Lori Copeland takes readers back in time to an era when cowboys were heroes and the rules of the Wild West prevailed. Lori's This is the story of Beau Claxton, a cowboy who finds himself obliged to a young widow after she saves him from near death on the prairie. Beau and Charity face the difficulties of life on the prairie and ultimately find joy and hope. Beloved author Lori Copeland takes readers back in time to an era when cowboys were heroes and the rules of the Wild West prevailed. Lori's trademark blend of humor and romance make this an irresistible read.


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This is the story of Beau Claxton, a cowboy who finds himself obliged to a young widow after she saves him from near death on the prairie. Beau and Charity face the difficulties of life on the prairie and ultimately find joy and hope. Beloved author Lori Copeland takes readers back in time to an era when cowboys were heroes and the rules of the Wild West prevailed. Lori's This is the story of Beau Claxton, a cowboy who finds himself obliged to a young widow after she saves him from near death on the prairie. Beau and Charity face the difficulties of life on the prairie and ultimately find joy and hope. Beloved author Lori Copeland takes readers back in time to an era when cowboys were heroes and the rules of the Wild West prevailed. Lori's trademark blend of humor and romance make this an irresistible read.

30 review for The Drifter

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Meadows

    Loved this!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like the western, settling the frontier theme. This is the 2nd book in this series about the Claxton brothers. Cole found his love in the first and Beau finally married his sweetheart Betsy. In this next book Beau deal with the loss of both Betsy and his unborn baby and turns away from God and the love of his family and is a drifter for over a year ending up in Kansas City. He is almost killed by a wounded wolf and is saved by the widower, Charity. She lost her husband soon after their adventu I like the western, settling the frontier theme. This is the 2nd book in this series about the Claxton brothers. Cole found his love in the first and Beau finally married his sweetheart Betsy. In this next book Beau deal with the loss of both Betsy and his unborn baby and turns away from God and the love of his family and is a drifter for over a year ending up in Kansas City. He is almost killed by a wounded wolf and is saved by the widower, Charity. She lost her husband soon after their adventure to claim land in Kansas by homesteading it, even though both were raised in the city to prominent families in the east. Charity is determined to finish the claim by making improvements on the land before the 5 year mark is up, but she needs a man's help. When Beau is brought into her life she thinks that he is the answer to prayers that somehow he will be able to stay on and maybe marry her and help her claim the land that her and Ferrand started. Beau wants to help after he has recovered, but doesn't want to marry for the sake of a claim and doesn't want to marry again because of his deep loss of Betsy. More trials come in the form of an orphan that they are to care for, then there is the town's people and their opionion of Beau living with the single widower. He caves and marries her to ensure her good name and stop the vicious rumors. His brother comes visiting and Charity thinks that if she keeps Cass with them Beau will stay on and actually want to stay and love her. When a freak blizzard nearly takes both Charity and the baby away from Beau it makes him realize that he can love again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sheri Salatin

    Beau Claxton has just lost the love of his life. His beautiful wife and unborn child are gone forever. He is heart-broken and so alone. Numb with pain, Beau wanders aimlessly trying to escape the memories that haunt him. Charity Burk, a young widow, is desperately trying to hold onto their farm in Kansas. After her beloved Ferrand was killed in the war between the states, she is left to keep up the land on her own. When Beau and Charity meet, Charity is determined to get him to stay on and help he Beau Claxton has just lost the love of his life. His beautiful wife and unborn child are gone forever. He is heart-broken and so alone. Numb with pain, Beau wanders aimlessly trying to escape the memories that haunt him. Charity Burk, a young widow, is desperately trying to hold onto their farm in Kansas. After her beloved Ferrand was killed in the war between the states, she is left to keep up the land on her own. When Beau and Charity meet, Charity is determined to get him to stay on and help her run the place. Beau is determined to move on. If only Charity could make Beau stick around long enough to help her through the year, then she would be able to hold onto all that her husband loved so dear. The Drifter is a clash of the wills and a test of faith. I really enjoyed this book. Like the first one in the series, it's a fun read. This one is much more somber than the Peacemaker, but a sweet story, just the same.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Teya Teya

    I did love this book. The loss and bitterness got a bit old, however it end with a good strong love story and acknowledge of Heaven.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Salinn

    I had mixed feelings about this book. It was okay, and I did enjoy it, but it wasn't as great as the first one in my opinion. The story was sweet, and I really liked the outcome, but it was almost way too unrealistic. Beau and Charity though.....(heart eyes)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Bagwell

    Faith and second chances This is a story of Grief, Faith, and second chances. While we can never go back to change the past we can have Faith and Hope for the future and a second chance.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    This book started off unexpectedly depressing. Then it led me through a roller coaster of mostly hilarious emotions.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Terry Yaceyko

    Unexpected story line, but a very good read. Love how God can restore relationships and give second chances.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Widowed after the Civil War, Charity Burk is determined not to lose her homestead, but she needs a man to do the heavy lifting around the ranch. Enter the shattered widower Beau Claxton, who leaves home after his beloved wife Betsy dies from a rattlensnake bite. That Betsy was carrying their first child adds to the overdone melodrama. Beau is attacked by a wolf near Charity's ranch and she nurses him back to health and gives him a proposition: marry her so that she doesn't lose her homestead. He Widowed after the Civil War, Charity Burk is determined not to lose her homestead, but she needs a man to do the heavy lifting around the ranch. Enter the shattered widower Beau Claxton, who leaves home after his beloved wife Betsy dies from a rattlensnake bite. That Betsy was carrying their first child adds to the overdone melodrama. Beau is attacked by a wolf near Charity's ranch and she nurses him back to health and gives him a proposition: marry her so that she doesn't lose her homestead. He thinks this is preposterous (as would anyone else) but then Charity leaves to help her friend Letty deliver her baby, and two squaws help care for Beau. The squaws believe that he is theirs, and Beau reluctantly agrees to Charity's proposition if only to avoid going with the natives. Letty dies in childbirth and Charity and Beau assume the roles of parents when Letty's husband goes off the deep end. Two childbirth deaths in one book is a bit much. Charity and Beau must deal with town gossip (they are living together, although not in the 'friends with benefits' way), caring for an infant, and their growing attraction to each other. It's a funny, warm read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    I have to say I enjoyed this book more than the first one. It is full of pain, sorrow and lost as one brother marries and loses his wife and unborn child. He moves on aimlessly as he tries to out run his pain of losing so much. One woman is trying to hold her to her land after losing her husband in the war between the states. Two people losing the people who are most important to them come together as Beau is hurt and Charity takes care of him. Can two people who have lost so much find love and I have to say I enjoyed this book more than the first one. It is full of pain, sorrow and lost as one brother marries and loses his wife and unborn child. He moves on aimlessly as he tries to out run his pain of losing so much. One woman is trying to hold her to her land after losing her husband in the war between the states. Two people losing the people who are most important to them come together as Beau is hurt and Charity takes care of him. Can two people who have lost so much find love and happiness together as the learn to live again? I found this to be a good read at times a little to long, a few things could have been left out and made it a much better read. All in all the author did a nice job, the book does have a wonderful plot with humor.

  11. 4 out of 5

    joyce lynn

    another great story! we don't have many "good samaritans" anymore, altho, i'll admit, the main character was NOT totally w/out some motive! still ... and those two squaws, what a comical pair! a bit devious, too!! girls after my own heart!!! 8^) on to the next one! and, i'm beginning to think, once the series is done, i just might be tempted to try out this author's other books now, too. very down to earth stories, about real people and real situations, but ... w/ a great sense of humour tossed in another great story! we don't have many "good samaritans" anymore, altho, i'll admit, the main character was NOT totally w/out some motive! still ... and those two squaws, what a comical pair! a bit devious, too!! girls after my own heart!!! 8^) on to the next one! and, i'm beginning to think, once the series is done, i just might be tempted to try out this author's other books now, too. very down to earth stories, about real people and real situations, but ... w/ a great sense of humour tossed in too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I had to restart this book a few times before I could get into it. Beau's grief from losing Betsy and the baby is truly heart-wrenching. Once I could get past that raw emotion without crying I was good and the story was wonderful. I love Charity. She's a wonderful main character. The romance between Charity and Beau develops naturally considering the grief they each share. The addition of having to care for Baby Mary Kathleen adds depth to the story. The two Indian women are hilarious! I genuine I had to restart this book a few times before I could get into it. Beau's grief from losing Betsy and the baby is truly heart-wrenching. Once I could get past that raw emotion without crying I was good and the story was wonderful. I love Charity. She's a wonderful main character. The romance between Charity and Beau develops naturally considering the grief they each share. The addition of having to care for Baby Mary Kathleen adds depth to the story. The two Indian women are hilarious! I genuinely enjoyed this story!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Strawberry

    This book and book 3 were my favorites of the series. The other two were less well written. They both moderately drug on. There was only two event in the story that I thought was less than believable. One being that Beau and Charity would leave the baby alone with her crazy father for even a minute, and the other that Beau slept in a chair the first night his brother visited. That would have never happened in real frontier life. People were accustomed to a house full of people and didn't let tha This book and book 3 were my favorites of the series. The other two were less well written. They both moderately drug on. There was only two event in the story that I thought was less than believable. One being that Beau and Charity would leave the baby alone with her crazy father for even a minute, and the other that Beau slept in a chair the first night his brother visited. That would have never happened in real frontier life. People were accustomed to a house full of people and didn't let that deter their actions. Other than that it was a pretty good story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I very much enjoyed this 2nd book of the Men of the Saddle series. It sure was a tough life living on the Missouri frontier in 1867. I think I prefer life in 2010. But I love to read historical romances that depict the life of those times. Back when the men were gentlemen and the women were ladies and both had deep Christian morals. I also love the humor the author brings into the stories and I look forward to the third and fourth books of this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nellie

    Charity is determined to find a husband, and when she finds unconcious and injured cowboy Beau Claxton on her land, she decides to keep him, no matter what. Very fun story. Cute, with a Christian theme. Great for teens.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I liked this one. There were several parts that made me laugh, and it was an enjoyable plot. Beau Claxton is the answer to one woman's prayers, but he'd like to argue the fact and go home. The Lord has other plans, however, and gently works in mysterious ways to change hearts.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelley Weatherly

    I enjoy her style of writing, especially the light-hearted humor.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cws

    YA Cop

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    this was an AMAZING book! it was a love story put in a TOTALLY different angle then usual!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    This series is really fun. It is so clean and wholesome, and I do enjoy a good western.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    this is a great book, to shows us that no matter what one we need love and two we need surport in our lifes with that we can do anything.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    This 2nd book in the series was much better than the Peacemaker (#1 of Men of the Saddle). I can't wait to start the third book (the Maverick).

  23. 4 out of 5

    ❆ Crystal ❆

    The Drifter is a re-print and a cleaned up version called Passion's Captive. I enjoyed both the clean and the naughty version. I give 5 stars for the clean version and 20 stars for the naughty...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Glenda

    The book starts with heavy emotion as Beau faces the death of his wife and drifts. But the ending was good. Heavy emotions involved.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Popovich

    This was my favorite book in the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sue Klasing

    Bill and I both listened to this audio book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberleigh

    It started out sad and a little slow, but I'm so glad I kept reading! Lori Copeland is an author who does not let you down, and continuing reading was beyond worth it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ralynn

    Such a good story, really enjoyed it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    April

    a good read, enjoyed the whole series western romance

  30. 5 out of 5

    Luckygirl1923

    I like any book that Lori Copeland write

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