Feb19

Mandi Bowerman review

Jeffrey Marshall’s Little Miss Sure Shot: Annie Oakley’s World offers fresh eyes on one of America’s best-loved Western heroines. Annie Oakley has always captured the imagination of people with her famous gun tricks. The book doesn’t read like a standard biography. It’s more like the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder; a blend of fact and fiction.22242410 The formula works well for Marshall’s novel.

The novel paints a sweet and touching picture of her relation with Frank Butler that lasted over 50 years. The book didn’t just focus on facts. It brought me into their lives. I really enjoyed the epilogue  at the end. It was a good way to close the book that left me happy.

The book is in chronological form and easily guides readers through Annie Oakley’s. It’s not a play by play of everything that happened to her. It focuses in on important things in her life, like her time with the Wild West show and her relationship with Butler.  The pacing of the book was reasonable and enjoyable.

This book is great for people who like history and biographies with a little fiction thrown in. It’s an enjoyable light read about a fun figure out of history. There aren’t too many biographies out there featuring women of the west.  The ones I have read are just a statement of facts or overblown fiction. I found the combination in the book very pleasant. Give this book a read and tell me what you think.

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