Margot takes the Bitter Road

I also chose ‘western’ as my next book bingo challenge genre. The only western I have ever read is ‘Lonesome Dove’ by Larry McMurtry and it is an excellent read with depth and wonderful characterisation. So I have been spoilt.

And perhaps I should also have heeded Nicole’s dad and picked a ‘real western’ because the one I chose – ‘The Bitter Road’ by Steven Law was disappointing. The plot revolves around a rodeo team roper, Colt Ballard. His life is falling to pieces and he has lost his confidence. His journey to regaining equilibrium and resolving his personal issues begins at a summer camp for disadvantaged children. Along the way he is assisted by the camp owner, an indian sage and a colleague with whom he falls in love. There is also the requisite bad guy, a rejected ranch hand, who tries to set him up with the help of a crooked marshall.

It’s a rather pedestrian read full of cliches and the writing is very simplistic and felt like it was written by a child.

Not my cup of tea at all.


Maybe Westerns are your cup of tea – check out the Westerns page on our online catalogue.