A blind date with a whorehouse madam.

BLIND DATES ALWAYS ran emotions through the wringer.

What did her name say about her?

Was she tall?

Short?

Good looking?

Plain?

Cute?

Wild?

Shy?

Romantic?

Mysterious?

Would I take her out and have the night of a lifetime.

Or would I have her home by nine o’clock just as soon as she finished her second helping of apple pie down at the corner diner where everyone hung out because the jukebox was free and always playing something in the hot one hundred.

Usually Elvis.

Sometimes Fats Domino.

Always loud.

Thank God for loud if the conversation dragged, and I was sure it would.

Basically, I had problems with girls.

I would speak.

She would speak.

Then it was my turn again.

And I had nothing to say.

I might be anxious about a blind date with her, whoever she might be.

I’m sure she was mortified to be seen in public with me.

I was mortified to be seen in public with me.

Well, not long ago, I had another blind date.

I had a blind date with a book.

I looked around and picked one at random. It was kind of like a pick up at a singles bar. I was looking. The book was waiting. It was late. The bourbon had set in. I thought it might be a good match.

I chose The Dolan Girls.

I had never heard of the title.

But I liked it.

S. R. Mallery

It was written by S. R. Mallery.

At the time, I had ever heard of the author, but she had written a western filled with whorehouse madams, ladies of the night, a schoolmarm, a Pinkerton detective, a Shakespeare-quoting old coot, brutal outlaws, bank robbers, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill, a horse-wrangler,  and, of course, romance.  

I like westerns filled with whorehouse madams, ladies of the night, a schoolmarm, a Pinkerton detective, a Shakespeare-quoting old coot, brutal outlaws, bank robbers, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill, a horse-wrangler,  and, of course, romance.  

I thought I might give it a chance.

As a reviewer named Melinda said:

The Dolan girls will pull at your heart, especially Cora. No surprise the many challenges women faced during the 1800’s Wild West, however their strength and resilience pulled them through these rough and rugged times. Mallery provides solid characters and crude outlaws, along with historical references as they roll across the pages like tumbleweed. A compelling read with strong themes. Perfect amount of romance with a wonderful ending. 

That was good enough for me.

Besides, another reviewer pointed out: It has no sex.

None of my other blind dates did either.

It must be the perfect book.

Some blind dates are disappointments.

This one wasn’t.

You are often relieved when a blind date has ended.

I was sad to see this one go.

It touched the heart.

It was a big, swaggering drama about a time that was and is no more.

It had moments of suspense and fear.

It reflected an era when the tough endured but often didn’t survive.

The Dolan Girls was one blind date that, I’m glad to say, lasted the whole weekend.

Some blind dates never receive another call.

I think I’ll look and see what else S. R. Mallery has written.

Go ahead.

Take a chance yourself.

You don’t have to spend the weekend alone.

Have a blind date with a book.

At $4.99 or less, it’s definitely a cheap date.

And when it’s over, you may not forget it for a long time.

 

 

 

 

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