The Sheriffs of Savage Wells

by Sarah M. Eden

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The small town of Savage Wells is barely big enough for the people who call it home; it certainly isn’t big enough for more than one sheriff.

Yet when famed lawman Cade O’Brien rides into town, he finds he’s not the only man ready to take on the job. What’s more, one of his competitors is a woman.

Paisley Bell loves her town and the eccentric people in it. She’s been the acting sheriff for months and isn’t too keen on relinquishing the job to anyone else. Not only does she love the work, but she also needs the income to take care of her ailing father.

It’s a true battle of the sexes, and sparks fly between the two as Cade and Paisley banter and boast, neither one ready to acknowledge the attraction they have for each other. But when Paisley’s former beau shows up, along with a band of bank robbers, Savage Wells is suddenly faced with the kind of peril that only a sheriff can manage. Who will be man enough—or woman enough—to step up, claim the badge, and save the town?

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Size6 x 9
PublishedShadow Mountain 2016

About the Author

Sarah M. Eden

Sarah M. Eden is the author of several well-received historical romances. Her previous Proper Romance novel Longing for Home won the Foreword Reviews 2013 IndieFab Book of the Year award for romance. Hope Springs won the 2014 Whitney Award for "Best Novel of the Year" and The Sheriffs of Savage Wells was a Foreword Reviews 2016 Book of the Year finalist for romance.

Combining her obsession with history and an affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances. She happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library and dreams of one day traveling to all the places she reads about. Visit Sarah at

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(based upon 21 reviews)

The Sheriffs of Savage Wells
By , Submitted on 2019-04-04

This was such a fun read! I love Sarah Eden's writing style, and she did not disappoint with this one! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to step back in time and enjoy a fun adventure!

Round of Applause for Sheriffs of Savage Wells!
By , Submitted on 2018-12-03

I loved this novel! It was very well written with a wonderful ending. I enjoyed reading the banter between the two main characters and felt a relation to Paisley and her fiery, strong-willed attitude. One of my friends also read the book and related to my feelings of intrigue regarding the romance, mystery, and action. Well done Sarah M. Eden, thank you for the exciting and engaging read!

Sweet Story
By , Submitted on 2018-10-10


By , Submitted on 2018-06-06

Great Listen/Read!! Kudos to the Narrator - Incredible job!

The Author wrote an intriguing tale of the old West. It was interesting, believable, and heartfelt. Without giving away any “spoilers” - she tackled a few topics that really drew the listener/reader into the story line. While times have changed and we do know more about them - they are still current issues. Nicely done!! Hope there are or will be sequels to this story!!

⭐️ Great Work ⭐️
By , Submitted on 2017-07-24

Loved this book!! Love the cover!! Love the characters!! Loved the story line!! Great writing!!

By , Submitted on 2016-11-02

I absolutely loved this book! Sarah Eden is one of my favorite authors and it was fun to see what she did with the story of a woman sheriff. The main character is sassy, confident, and a go-getter when it comes to her running her town. I couldn't put this book down. One of my favorite things was the banter between the two sheriffs. They each had to be on their toes when the other person would fire off something sassy. This will be a re-read for me. Great book!

Great Western Proper Romance
By , Submitted on 2016-10-21

I love how Sarah Eden creates the characters in this book. I feel like I really get to know the characters and picture this happening in a quiet town in Wyoming. Could you imagine old west Wyoming? With the terrible winters, limited medical knowledge, and no indoor plumbing? Or a time where women couldn’t be doctors or sheriffs or even vote? Even with the terrible circumstances, especially for women, there’s still something whimsical to me about the late 19th century – no social media and a simpler life. But most of the time I’m grateful for my very modern life. haha!

I love the gradual romance in this book. It’s very subtle, but it’s action packed with all the events that these law men and law woman go through. I was constantly surprised by Cade’s pieces of history that were unfolded throughout the book. You will definitely be rooting for Cade and Paisley to the end.

It was a fun, light read. I love how I can get through these books so quickly. I get so involved in the story that I can’t seem to put them down! Sarah Eden is a great author and I love her books!

Fun and exciting!
By , Submitted on 2016-10-20

What a fun western romp! I was hooked on the characters from the beginning, and could feel Paisley's frustration and Cade's as well as they work towards the same goal of becoming the sheriff of a sleepy western town. Paisley has proven to herself that she's competent, but unfortunately the community can't see past her gender. Cade has real respect for her which develops into affection, then something stronger, but he still feels that his reputation will act as a deterrent to criminals who would come testing the mettle of a female sheriff. There is plenty of humor and the plot develops an element of suspense as the mystery behind disappearing bank funds is solved by Cade and Paisley with the help of several new friends. Paisley's struggles with her father add a deeper level to the story and her character. I enjoyed the themes that were explored in the book, and the fun banter between Cade and Paisley. Fans of Mary Connealy and Karen Witemeyer will definitely enjoy this book!

(Thank you to Shadow Mountain Publishing for a copy of the book; this is my honest review)

Delightful Western Romance from an exceptional writer
By , Submitted on 2016-10-05

I love Sarah Eden's books! Her writing is stellar no matter the time period or type she writes in. Her latest proper romance is a slight departure from her Regency style of writing and more reminiscent of the award-winning Longing for Home books. The Sheriffs of Savage Wells was a delightful read full of witty banter, sparkling romance, and a mystery to boot! I loved the characters of Paisley Bell and Cade O'Brien and the way their romance developed amidst gun-slinging, neighborly battles over a chicken, and figuring out how to deal with a ribbon shop inside the town's jail.

As soon as I finished this book, I lent it to my aunt the next day and you'll probably find yourself wanting to share it too. So pick up a copy, do some early Christmas shopping and enjoy another soon-to-be classic from Sarah Eden.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. My opinions are always my own.

One of the BEST books you'll read all year!
By , Submitted on 2016-10-03

Author Sarah M. Eden is back with a vengeance. Her new novel, The Sheriffs of Savage Wells, is everything wonderful and more that you've come to expect from this writer. She has created characters that will jump out and grab readers from their first meeting.

The small western town of Savage Wells ( I loved the name of the town knowing the two authors this town is named in honor of) is looking for a new sheriff. Paisley Bell has been doing the job behind the scenes for months while the sheriff who wanted out of the job was off doing "other" things. She feels like she's proven herself with what she's done, along with capturing a famous gang of outlaws.Three other men are also vying for the job, including the infamous and experienced Cade O'Brien who has finally met his match in Paisley.We learn this in the first chapter when he sees her walking towards him and thinks...
"Hanging low on her hips was a belt, a pistol in the holster.He'd known a few women who worn guns, but none who wore it as naturally as she did, or as menacingly."

Then the fun begins in chapter two. Right from the start I loved Paisley who is so different from other women in Sarah's historical romances. Paisley is strong, feisty, smart and knows how to use a gun.She's not afraid to take on a challenge. But, I also loved her soft side as she took care of her ailing father with dementia, and also how she took care of the many eccentric townspeople who just needed someone to understand and listen to them. There was no way that Cade wasn't going to fall for this spirited and loving woman. Paisley doesn't make it easy for Cade though as they are both vying for the job. Sarah not only is a master at writing Romance, but she also is amazing at writing tension, and man there is a lot of it between these two characters which eventually leads to some nice kisses.

My favorite thing in this book is the banter between Cade and Paisley. I was laughing so much while reading that my family kept laughing at me. Sarah knows how to write humor in one scene and having you in tears at the next. The romance develops so seamlessly one chapter after the next. Then, thrown into the plot you have possible bank-robbers, an old fiance' appears after many years, unaccepting town council members, and Paisley's sick father wandering off on his own.

I LOVED this book! It's great to read another 5 Star ***** book and this new Proper Romance is fantastic! I've read most of Sarah Eden's books, and this one has officially become my favorite.You must read this. I read it in one day over a few hours.

The only thing that would make me happier is if she next will write a book with one of my other favorite characters in the book, Doctor Gideon, who needs his story written now.

Clean Western
By , Submitted on 2016-10-03

If you like clean, western romances, you'll want to snag this one. Absolutely no bad language (though I didn't particularly care for vainly addressing "Saints" or "Heavens" all the time) and no more than yummy kisses, this is appropriate for all ages. I grew to like the characters, and the theme of a female "lawman" being as good as a male one had me more than once humming "Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun (which was appropriate on many levels). Some of the things I liked most about the book were the quirky townsfolk, and of course, the absolutely adorable, snarky banter between Cade and Paisley--one of Eden's fortes. Eden has a way of making even the Wild West worth the trip for me. A pleasant escape in a well-written novel.

*I received an advance reader's copy in exchange for my honest review. Which reminds me, there was one place, on page 52, where there was a continuity issue that threw me off. I expected and ignored the few typos, but this omission of an important fact left me confused for a couple of pages. I hope they fixed that in the final copy!

I Loved This Book!
By , Submitted on 2016-10-03

All I have to hear is "Sarah Eden" and I'm in. I don't care what genre it is, or how long the book is. I'm in. Sarah is a fantastic writer. She knows how to create characters that feel natural and real, and places that feel like home.

This book steps outside what I have had from Sarah Eden so far but like I said before, it doesn't matter. Sarah can write any genre and be fantastic. This book is set in Wyoming in the small and simple town of Savage Wells. There were a lot of characters in this book but not once did I feel overwhelmed by them. It felt more like meeting them myself and each character added to the overall feel of community in the book.

Cade and Paisley were both fantastic characters. They complimented each other perfectly even though they don't realize it at first. I love how determined Paisley was to prove herself equal as a woman. She was so good at standing up for what she thought was fair and right while being kind and so considerate of others along the way. She took the time to really know and understand the people around her. And Cade? The man of all men because he let Paisley be who she wanted to be. He gave her support and encouragement where there was so little of that in Paisley's life. But the best thing about Cade? He listened to other people who knew more and took that information in to make himself better. Smart man right there.

There were some harder issues surrounding these two but it never bogged down the lighter feel of things. The banter between Cade and Paisley is so fun. The sparks fly all over the place! I just really loved this book. It was so easy to settle in with and I enjoyed every minute I had in Savage Wells with Cade and Paisley.

Content: Clean

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

By , Submitted on 2016-09-30

Paisley Bell has been the acting sheriff of Savage Wells. The town is looking for a new sheriff so several men come to apply, including Cade O'Brien, an experienced lawman who criminals want to avoid. Paisley throws her hat into the ring as well. She wants to be taken seriously but it's an uphill battle. On top of that, she finds Cade incredibly attractive and distracting.

I loved this book! Cade and Paisley had great chemistry and I enjoyed their bantering. Cade is a strong, tough man who doesn't see Paisley as a threat at all but she surprises him quite a bit. Paisley desperately needs the money the job offers since times have been tough for her and her father. She's also finally found something she enjoys doing and is good at, but it's a tough field for her to break into.

Savage Wells is full of interesting characters who each add to the story and made it a fun place to visit! Paisley is familiar with everyone which gave her the upper hand in several situations. Early on, we learn that possible trouble is heading to Savage Wells which is why they needed a good sheriff and it was interesting to see how that played out.

I love Sarah Eden's books and this is definitely one of my favorites! She did a fantastic job bringing this town and its inhabitants to life. This is a must read for anyone that enjoys Sarah Eden and/or clean western romance!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. My opinion is 100% my own.

Loved it!
By , Submitted on 2016-09-30

I just love Sarah Eden's books. They always have great characters that I can't help but love, along with fun plots and interesting settings. The setting for this one is a small Wyoming town in need of a new sheriff, or so the town council thinks. Paisley Bell thinks they should just promote her to the job full time. But when Cade O'Brien, an accomplished sheriff arrives in town sparks immediately start to fly, and not just over the job. The banter slowly shifts from awkward to flirtatious, but there is a lot standing in the way of a romance between the two. The competition for the job, Paisley's friendship with Gideon, the local doctor, and eventually, Paisley's former fiance who is looking for a second chance. Through in problems at the bank and a wide variety of quirky characters around town and Cade and Paisley both have their hands full. Paisley struggles to provide for herself and her father, who is sinking deeper and deeper into dementia, but Cade isn't one to take no for an answer. I always have a hard time putting one of Sarah's books down because I get so drawn into their lives, they become so real to me. I love reading Eden's books again and again. It always feels like I've come home to familiar friends. I also love the witty banter that seems to fill Eden's books. I'm not good at it myself but I always find it entertaining to read. I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy a clean, entertaining romance. There is depth here as well as Paisley struggles with self-doubt and trust issues and Cade with bad memories from the war. And the relationships between the different townspeople create a place you'll love to visit.

An amazing, fun, and wild ride!
By , Submitted on 2016-09-28

I'm not a brave soul and I don't like to buck the trend, but I love reading about characters who are completely opposite of me. When the sheriff of Savage Wells leaves town, potential candidates move in and try to win the job. Paisley has been acting as sheriff, behind the scenes of course, for a few months and thinks she should be a shoe-in. But women in the Wild West aren't afforded the same positions that men are and it's a hard battle--especially going against well-known sheriff, Cade O'Brien. I'm not a person who wants the dangers that being sheriff in this time period brings, but Paisley can handle it. She's tough, sassy, and capable, but I felt a little sorry for her.

There's something very comforting about a tough, manly, and non-nonsense cowboy and Cade completely brings those warm fuzzies around. While he comes across as a bit gruff at times, he's a kind man and just what this town...including Paisley...needs. I almost couldn't stand the sparks between these two, that threatened to erupt into a full-blown wildfire--because they were sizzling hot, yet completely clean. *swoon* I love a book that has a lot of romantic tension, as well as some adventure and suspense, and this one has plenty of all of the above.

I love the quirky, small-town characters and they way they all interact; I adore the banter between Cade and Paisley and couldn't wait to see what would happen next; and I was fascinated by how well the story flowed. While there is plenty of action, it's not overwhelming--just the perfect mix of elements to make a very enjoyable story.

Content: mild violence; mild (but swoony!) romance. Clean!

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Another Awesome Proper Romance!
By , Submitted on 2016-09-27

Paisley Bell is something else. She spent several months covering for an inept and distracted sheriff, even going so far as to bringing in a notorious gang of outlaws (of which she got no credit). When the town of Savage Wells decides to hire a new sheriff, Paisley throws her name in the pool of candidates, much to the chagrin of Cade O'Brien, well-known law man and certain shoo-in for the position. What Cade doesn't know is that Paisley is not going to give up easily and he quickly discovers that she can best him at many of his own skills. She is quick, witty, a sharp-shooter, and level-headed in dangerous situations. The more they compete with each other to try to win the title of sheriff, the more they begin to respect one another, and heaven-forbid...maybe even admire one another? Yes! :)
I rarely read books where the heroine is a feisty "I can do it myself type." I admit to being more of a "Cinderella story" type person, but I couldn't put this book down! For all of Paisley's bluster, she is tender and softhearted and I grew so fond of her character. The book left me hanging a little in the end...maybe it is to keep us wondering until a 2nd book comes out? After all, I'm very worried about Dr. Gideon MacNamara. I mean, hello! He's handsome...and single...and so nice! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel!

Great book that you'll have no problem passing on to your teenager...or your grandmother!
By , Submitted on 2016-09-27

Sarah M Eden is amazing at writing this kind of a tale! I love the way she captures the spirit of the Old West, while still throwing in her own take about how the women may have acted!

I have to start by saying I loved the whole plot of this book! I loved the town of Savage Wells, it's filled with characters. From the lady who uses the jailhouse as her "Ribbon Emporium," to the man who hangs out in the tree watching for strangers. One of my favorites is the story about the chicken, I had to laugh out loud at that one! Savage Wells has lost it's previous sheriff and the town decides the only way to get a new one is to hold a competition. Sort of like American Idol meets Old West. I love the whole idea and I really loved the twists and tuns the plot took to get to the ending.

I loved Paisley in this book. I loved that she is willing to try out for the job of Sheriff of Savage Wells, even though she knows that she probably won't be offered the job. In this time period, it really was a man's world, and the small town of Savage Wells is no different. The previous sheriff had even taken credit for all of the things that Paisley had done. I loved that Paisley was a complicated character. She was good at doing a bunch of feminine things, but had found that she really loved helping people and the town by being the acting sheriff.

Cade was a great character too. I loved the way he was kind of an anything goes type guy. He was just fine with Paisley trying out to be sheriff, and he quickly gains a respect for her that even the townspeople she's known for several years don't have. I really loved the way he flirts with Paisley, even when she has no idea that he could ever care for her, the reader knows just from the things he says and does. He really goes out of his way to care for her and help her in any way that he can. So sweet!

I love this whole Proper Romance line! Each book is great -well-written, great characters, fun plot - you can read it, and then you can pass it on to your teenage daughter, or even your grandma and you don't have to worry about what's in it. So amazing!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

You will not put this down!
By , Submitted on 2016-09-14

Optimistically cautious, was my approach when I requested to read & review this one from Shadow Mountain. I have confidence in the writing of Sarah Eden, yet this genre & time period is not necessarily my favourite. That said, I don't think there was a page of this book, that left me doubting - from the very first, 'The Sheriff's of Savage Wells' is a witty, fun story, woven throughout with a serious and heart rendering tale of the tragedy that is Dementia.

The uniquely peaceful Wyoming town of Savage Wells, is in need of a Sheriff. It is full of a variety of quirky characters. The appeal of a nice quiet assignment is a huge pull to Cade O'Brien, who has been a well-known lawman in the West for many years. Feared and renown for his skill set, he travels to Savage Wells confident he will snag the job. He is done with the life he has lived and just wants some peace. Little does he know, he is about to make the acquaintance of Savage Well's own Paisley Bell, who has taken on the role of Sheriff, in the interim, as well as doing what seems to be most of the duties of Sheriff even while the previous one was in the position. She is everything you wouldn't expect from a woman in this era, tough, skilled & unafraid to fight for what she wants - to be the full time Sheriff of Savage Wells. Her experience and knowledge of the people of this town, just may be the upper hand she needs. Two other applicants also arrive vying for the job, and neither of them are prepared to back down.

The competitive banter between Cade & Paisley in the beginning half of this book, are what drew me in initially, it's refreshing and quite different from other stories I have read. As their 'frienemy' status develops towards the respect & friendship side, there is an easy pace, unrushed and fun to read. Naturally, you begin to get to know the other characters in the story, one of which quite prominent is Paisley's father, who is suffering from Dementia. Having lost my mother to Early Onset Dementia in her 50's, I really do struggle to read fiction in which this is a part. The emotions can be very overwhelming - and too hard to read. So, upon realizing this was the direction the story was headed, I felt very cautious. However, the more I read, the more confident I felt in the sensitivity in which Sarah writes of this unrelenting horror of a disease, that truly destroys. I found unexpected comfort reading of the very real and spot on struggles that Paisley was dealing with as a daughter. Her thoughts, had once been my thoughts, and in doing so added a dimension not always experienced during reading in which you can relate almost entirely to the character of the book. It actually helped me to come to terms with some of the thoughts I had had in the past, and goes to show that support from others is vital.

Twists and turns keep the pages turning, and this was well and truly a 5 star book for me. I received this book from Shadow Mountain Publishing & Netgalley, & this is my honest review.

By , Submitted on 2016-09-05

I love Sarah's books, and this is no exception. The idea of a woman sheriff in the territories of those times is unheard of. Then to mix in a love story with a bit of a mystery makes this book something for everyone. I absolutely loved the banter between Cade and Paisley. The tension between the two and the problems that arise in Savage Wells is done very well. I felt as torn as the characters did at times. This is a story that is for anyone, especially those gunslingers that love a good shoot out among friends and enemies. I highly recommend this fantastic story.

Sweet, lovely, endearing and funny!
By , Submitted on 2016-08-30

The banter between Paisley and Cade is a delight. It flows so naturally from them and into their daily conversations whether professional or romantic. The supporting cast is also a hoot. One charming, quirky character after the next is perfectly woven into the fabric of Savage Wells. I'm not sure which are my favorites, but it might be the invasion of Canadians. I don't want to give anything away, so this might seem a bit vague. But, the growth of the characters is believably portrayed in how challenging it is to change the pattern within and the frustrations of waiting for that to happen. The plot is a delight. It perfectly combines humor, romance, and drama. It also contains some very ponderable sleuthing.
To sum it up, Sarah Eden writes some wonderful stuff!

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