MELODY GROVES. Kansas Bleeds


MELODY GROVES. Kansas Bleeds. Five Star. Hardcover, 301 pages, $25.95, www.gale.cengage.com/fivestar.

In this continuing saga of the Colton Brothers, Melody Groves leads the reader through the brokenness of families caught up in the struggles of states right in “Bleeding Kansas.”  Luke Colton, the protagonist, struggles with his conscience as he rides with the infamous William Clarke Quantrill. Kansas natives will quickly recognize the bitterness of Kansas winters and the repressive heat of summers. Most of all, the story of a family caught in this maelstrom of violence will resonate with fans of historical Western fiction.