Book Reviews

The Men from Echo Creek by N.R. Walker at BlueHeart Press

Genre Gay / Historical / 20th Century / Western / Cowboys / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 04-July-2024

Book Blurb

In the winter of 1882, a boy from the mountains has to prove himself a man.


When Albie Bramwell’s father died, he was left with two thousand hectares of mountain to farm, and little help to run it. Abandoned by all but two of his workers, the whole town of Alpine Falls called him too young to run the farm alone.

Young, yes. At just nineteen, he was determined to prove them wrong. Even if it killed him.

In search of a new life, Percy Collins found himself in a small mountain town where he ran into a man not much older than himself and scored a job at Echo Creek. A property full of misfitsor so the townsfolk had called it. But what Percy found was a home.

What Albie found was something he never thought possible. A man to love, and a man to share his dreams.

But times were tough, the winter harsh, and money scarce. Albie and Percy would need to do more than prove themselves worthy. They’d need to not only prove themselves better than anyone else. They’d need to prove it twice.


Book Review

“When there is love in the heart, there are rainbows in the eyes, which cover every black cloud with gorgeous hues.” ~ Howard Beecher


Albie Bramwell, of 'N.R. Walker's book 'The Men from Echo Creek', knew he would take over for his dad someday but didn't expect it to be so early. When his father dies in a tragic accident, nineteen-year-old Albie finds himself in that position. The men in town discourage him, telling him he's too young and will fail, but Albie is determined to keep the ranch his father put so much work into continuing to thrive.


Percy finds himself in Echo Creek after parting ways with his family. He is relaxing in the bar when there is a commotion outside. Everyone rushes to see what is happening. A vicious dog is attacking a man, Albie, and his horses. Percy is disgusted when no one offers to help; he jumps in, grabs the big horse by the reins, and settles him down.


Albie is grateful for Percy's help and impressed by his knowledge of horses. After learning that Percy needs a job, Albie offers him one at the ranch.


Working on the ranch is hard work for Percy, but he enjoys the company, and it soon feels like home. However, Percy is plagued by his "forbidden" feelings for Albie. Sometimes, he will catch Albie watching him and can't help but wonder if he feels the same way. Even if he does, would they be able to be together?


'The Men from Echo Creek' is an endearing story about two determined young men who fall in love and make a life with each other, even when it was unacceptable. Thanks, N.R., for this uplifting, stress-free tale.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 400 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 17-May-2024
Price $5.99 ebook, $18.00 paperback
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