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Thumbs up for Sandra Cox’s Sequel, Return to Silverhills

Return to Silverhills

by Sandra Cox

A trail boss with a fast gun. A damaged woman. A cattle drive fraught with danger. And a combustible attraction.

My Review

Sandra Cox’s Silverhills (2017) was one of the first books I read written by this talented author. Since then, I’ve devoured every one of her Western-genre books and many of her others (Mateo comes to mind–what a great book). They’re all stand-alones and always leave me wishing for more. Return to Silverhills (2023) is a welcome sequel to the tumultuous love affair between Brandon Wade and Alex O’Malley. Toward the end of the book, Alex is kidnapped by a gang of Owlhoots. One person who helps her survive is Lisa, another woman they captured, but without the fortune of having a Brandon Wade intent on freeing her. When Alex is rescued, Lisa is rescued with her and returns with them to Brandon’s ranch, Silverhills. Here she meets Brandon’s younger brother, Jeff. Lisa ends up the cook on a cattle drive run by Jeff and proves herself to be hard working and clever, a woman the inveterate playboy Jeff finds himself falling for. Too bad Lisa doesn’t trust men and Jeff doesn’t trust himself.

Sandra Cox has an excellent way of unfolding a story in a way that provides a perfect mix of action, backstory, and emotion. I knew once I started Return to Silverhills, I would finish it too fast. Now, I’m waiting for the next in the series. A great plus to this story: It’s published under KU so if you’re a member, you read for free!


The Wades’ saga continues as Alex and Brandon return to Silverhills, bringing Alex’s friend Lisa with them. They arrive home just as Jeff Wade, Brandon’s younger brother, is about to head a trail drive across the Chisholm Trail. But there’s a problem, the cattle drive cook has a broken arm.

A week later, Lisa sets out on the drive as the camp cook along with a group of Silverhills’ cowpunchers and a thousand head of longhorn. Trail drives are always dangerous, but this one has more than its share of perils. Snowstorms, flashfloods, hot lead and rustlers are just a few of the dangers they encounter.

And if that’s not enough for the trail boss to be dealing with, he can’t ignore the white-hot attraction he feels for the petite, lovely blonde who drives the chuckwagon like a seasoned camp cook. Jeff is very much afraid that falling in love could prove more fatal than the bullets flying along the Chisholm Trail.

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About Sandra Cox

Sandra is a vegetarian, animal lover and avid gardener. She lives with her husband, their dog and cats in sunny North Carolina  AND writes all thing Western and more. She is a category bestselling Amazon author, Eppie finalist and Golden Ankh Award winner. If you want to contact her, you can leave a message in the newsletter sign up.


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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Savage Land Winter 2024


82 thoughts on “Thumbs up for Sandra Cox’s Sequel, Return to Silverhills

    • They are timeless because their era doesn’t change. I guess if the new purveyors of language in old books (ala Roald Dahl) have their way, there may be lots of changes, but for now, Westerns are satisfying and entertaining.


  1. Happy release day, Sandra 🙂 Great review, Jacqui. I agree this is a series that I would love to see keep going. I loved it as a Beta reader and going to enjoy reading it again now that it’s released!

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