Darcy Duncan is an accident looking to happen. So it is no surprise to her when she shoots a bank robber while buying mining supplies. She wonders at the town asking her to be marshal. However, being a resourceful, resilient young woman, she takes the job with every intention of giving it an honest try. But falling for the handsome enemy, is one accident too many. 

Gil Halsey is asked to bring his boss' errant son back to the ranch. He follows the man and his band of bumbling robbers to a small mining town. A corrupt local official runs the town and has pinned a marshal's badge on an accident-prone young woman. 

Gil believes the two are working together, until the marshal blunders into a bank robbery and is kidnapped. While saving the marshal, he reunites with his estranged family and stumbles into love.

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 Marshal in Petticoats has everything a great story should have: wonderful characters, a touching romance, and exciting adventure.  Darcy is an admirable heroine whose grit, determination, and clumsiness will keep you rooting for her.  Gil is a wonderful hero that any woman would be glad to call her own.  Not only is he gentle, sensitive, and protective, he is also tough and strong...a man you can depend on.  You can’t help but fall in love with these two characters.  The wonderful secondary characters merit a book of their own.  Marshal in Petticoats is truly a gem.

 LWR Book Reviews


Marshal in Petticoats was one fun-packed thrill ride. The ending was quite a surprise and no questions were left unanswered. The secondary characters really helped make this story. Darcy was a very brave woman in a man’s world and wasn’t afraid to take on any man. She did have some imperfections, which seemed to make her more real to readers. Her clumsiness added a bit of humor to the story and to Gil. Gil is a hero to be proud of. He knew he couldn’t leave her and Jeremy to deal with the mayor and the bank robbers on their own, so he stayed around and watched over them. Paty Jager has done an excellent job with this historical western, and she makes us all hope she has more delightful tales in store for us.

Five Angel Review from Fallen Angels


This is a delightful novel set in the mining rush that hit Oregon in the late 1800s. The author captured it brilliantly, and the backdrop adds to the wonderfully plotted story filled with well-paced twists and turns, as well as very likeable, endearing characters. For a trip back to the raw, wild days of the silver and gold rushes, with a bit of romance thrown in for added effect, this book is perfect.

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There’s no fanfare with Marshal in Petticoats, no gimmicks. It simply and quietly lures you in with its humor and tears, passion and romance, intrigue and action, emotional upheaval and healing. It satisfies with a blending of all the elements of a good book.

While there were a good number of characters in the book, it wasn’t hard to keep track of them as they played their parts well. It was easy to cheer for some or boo and hiss at others. Both Darcy and Gil are to be admired as they show a strong sense of their desire for fair play and justice, of doing what’s right in all cases (no matter the cost).

Small downsides... A time or two Darcy’s clumsiness almost became too much. Also, I did find what I thought to be a loose end, though maybe I missed it or maybe it’ll be answered in another book. (I hope!)

None of that detracts from the enjoyment of the story, though. I found it to be a feel-good read and look forward to more from this author.



“Sure you could.” He chucked her under the chin and started to move away.

Darcy grabbed Gil’s shirt, pulling him around to look at her. “I can take care of myself. I have been for several years.” She didn’t know why, but his comment and condescending attitude struck a chord of defiance in her.

“Now, don’t go getting all in a fluster. I’m sure you have been staying out of trouble by the skin of your teeth. But you were a kid then. You’ve become a woman.” He put a hand on her cheek. “A beautiful woman.” His gaze dropped to her exposed chest.

A scorching wave of heat started at her middle and flared out to her fingers and toes.

“You have no idea what these men around here would do to you if they had the chance.” His thumb moved slowly back and forth, caressing her cheek. 

 “W-W-What would they do to me?” She barely heard herself mumble the sentence. His gaze turned dark. Only this time a glimmer of something other than violence flickered in his intense stare.

He stepped closer and wrapped his arms around her, pulling her against his long body. His head dipped, and his lips brushed hers.

Her body pressed against him, yearning to feel his strength. He bent closer, lifting her onto her toes. She wound her arms around his neck to keep from melting into the floor. His lips moved urgently over hers, sending waves of sensations through her eager body. He grasped her tighter. His hands moved up and down her back, then down over her hips, tracing the contours.

“That is not proper behavior for one of my girls.”

Darcy felt a stinging blow to her bare shoulder and turned from Gil, gasping for air.

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