Anne is running away from her family to avoid both starving and becoming a wife. Anne hides in Cord’s farm, where he finds her, and so do her family a...moreAnne is running away from her family to avoid both starving and becoming a wife. Anne hides in Cord’s farm, where he finds her, and so do her family and some other neighbours who jump to the worst of conclusions. A little later they find themselves bad beaten and married.
This is much more than a romance novel. It does not finish with the typical happy ending (two people falling in love). It’s about two fighters that make most out of a bad beginning, and against all odds find a place in their time and place. The characters feel real and they are really well drawn. (less)
This book is about an unusual character: Low Down (Louise), a gold miner. When smallpox gets her community, she lefts her skin caring for all them. Th...moreThis book is about an unusual character: Low Down (Louise), a gold miner. When smallpox gets her community, she lefts her skin caring for all them. They decide to grant her a wish. At first she declines, but then she just try it and shares her secret dream: having her own baby. Destiny makes Max pick the scratched marble.
Louise isn’t gorgeous, or cultured. Her most valued possession is a silver spoon. But Louise is hones, she is a fighter and she cares. She deserves hapinnes.
Max is in love with Philadelphia, her fiancée, the town beauty and daughter of the town founder. When he arrives at home, married with Louise, he discovers Philadelphia is pregnant. He is full of longing and regrets. He loves a woman but has giving his word to another.
It takes a lot of time to get feeling to Low Down, to care for her, not to punish her for their fate. How it happens is credible, well paced and nice. Another outstanding thing of this book is that it is full of marvelous of secondary characters (Max’s mother, Max brother, etc.).
I’m sick to death of nail-tough heroines, so when I find one who is a fighter (as accomplished as life lets her) but also a vulnerable human being my...moreI’m sick to death of nail-tough heroines, so when I find one who is a fighter (as accomplished as life lets her) but also a vulnerable human being my heart melts. Edwina, a former southern lady, and now an almost destitute one, has backbone enough to take a very difficult decision and apply for a sturdy-wife-job in order to give a future both to herself and her half-blood sister.
Thought I liked she performed as she was brought up(expecting to being served, shocked when Big Bog expected her to sleep in the wilderness, etc.), I was worried Declan should/would fall in love with her sister (who is beautiful and a hard-worker). In my opinion, the transition from worthless (flowery pot) to hard-worker goes a little too smoothly, and so does the children’s change of heart, but I see that going into detail would make for a much longer book.
On the whole, main characters, especially Edwina but also Declan, are well-drawn, different, compelling, flawed, vulnerable, worthy. The plot is well grounded and spins smoothly and encompasses more than a love relationship. Several interesting characters are presented (the children, Pru, Thomas, Edwina’s friends...).
Favourites’ parts of the book: the travelling to the ranch (how she fares with her fears, the discomforts and her misconception about Big Bob) and how she decides to resolve her bedding fears towards “consummation”. Least favourite part: Pru, I usually like complex characters, but I just couldn’t get the woman (however, is she has a book, I’m going to give her a chance). (less)
**spoiler alert** I usually like convenience-marriage histories, because they allow you the see how a relationship evolves from respect to love, how t...more**spoiler alert** I usually like convenience-marriage histories, because they allow you the see how a relationship evolves from respect to love, how the emotional link between two people grows. In this case, there was another challenge: Tye not only faces a convenience marriage proposal (Megan marries him to save the ranch), he faces the memory of Megan's husband. I enjoyed it, but sometimes Megan discomfited me. And I had a feeling that in the end, the writer wanted us to feel that Tye was better than Joe (at least sexually). I would have loved it better if it wasn't necessary. Luckily I have not had the experience, but I think that is possible just to love a different person, not because it is better, but because is just a different one, because of the bonding in spite of the new virtues and flaws. (less)
This is a western “romance”. This is mainly the story of Crystal, a southern belle, who has lost her father and has had to sell her house and goes to...moreThis is a western “romance”. This is mainly the story of Crystal, a southern belle, who has lost her father and has had to sell her house and goes to live to Colorado, where her aunt has a ranch. I think that the author manages quite well to describe how she sees Colorado through southern biased prejudices, and then experiences changes her views, opening her to the new world.
Luke is the foreman, and while he feels attracted to her, he thinks she is not Colorado wife material. There are a few adventures that are quite interesting and that show some knowledge about ranch life.
The problem here is with the “romance” part. I just couldn’t find where they fell in love: there was a mild attraction and they thinking about it, and doubting if the attraction was returned and then God entered into action and thanks to God they finish marrying. So I think it was more about faith than love. (less)
This book is an epic western romance. It is well documented, so it allows you to learn lots of things about how the pioneers lived. It also has a bunc...moreThis book is an epic western romance. It is well documented, so it allows you to learn lots of things about how the pioneers lived. It also has a bunch of authentic characters, well defined, charming and interesting.
But I didn’t enjoy this book because I wanted Gus dead . See, Clementine, who lives oppressed by her father, finds Gus, with his tender eyes, tender smile and handsome body and elopes to Gus’ ranch. But then, she meets his brother, Zach and the fireworks start. And it is not fair. Zach and Clementine refrain themselves and their love is tragic, they both love Gus. So that only leaves one option: an accident. And I waited for it to happen (the love between Clem and Zach never falters, it’s impossible, its THE love). So I waited and waited and waited (view spoiler)[ Let me tell you it takes him a lot of time to die (hide spoiler)].
Another thing that left me puzzled is that -about the middle of the book- the plot changes and three main characters appear from nowhere (Jere, Drew and a chinese woman, Lilly). You’ll get to learn also about China’s “way of life”. At the time, I couldn’t care less: yes, I was waiting for Gus to die, and I wanted for Clem and Zach finally getting their love which is truest than love itself. Then, I cared for the new characters, but their love lives also dragged.
In the end I cheated and went to look for WHAT FINALLY HAPPENED. And then, I didn’t bother to come back and read the whole book. I guess I felt deflated (view spoiler)[ too much time waiting for the three couples to be together, and not enough time to enjoy them (hide spoiler)].["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
My main problem with this book is that I really believed the author.
Through the first book and through this second one we were told repeatedly how eth...moreMy main problem with this book is that I really believed the author.
Through the first book and through this second one we were told repeatedly how ethereal beautiful Sarah was, that she was an angel, and how all the village is in awe of her. She is the first chosen in the lottery wife. This was normal, and predictable. No problems.
In my experience, stunning beautiful women get -at least- admired. Say Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss... Would you believe that their husbands wouldn't remove their clothes to make love? Would you believe that they would grow, get married being ignored by the male genre?
But it is what happened to Sarah, and it was what explained her attitude towards her marriage. And I need coherence in my life, and I couldn't get past it. I tried, because it has really good reviews from people I usually agree...but failed.
I had other minor problems. I also didn't get her accommodating behaviour towards danger. Does he go to hunt a killer? She is going to accompany him because he is going to need patching up (nothing dramatic here, only domestic worries). Does she find out Sam has three children abandoned on the forest? Ok, let’s care for them and make Sam recognize them and call Sam “father”. And something about Sam didn't make sense to me either. First he is the typical hard-edged solitary man, the bounty hunter, but then it turns out he has been a benefactor and has a nun sister which he loves dearly. I couldn't quite glue Sam’s past, too schizoid to me. But I think I could have get past this, if not for the former problem.
So in the end, I stopped the struggling and gave up reading it. (less)
This book starts off good. Bailee, Sarah and Lacy are voted off a wagon trail headed West. They fight for their lives leaded by Sara - the sensible an...moreThis book starts off good. Bailee, Sarah and Lacy are voted off a wagon trail headed West. They fight for their lives leaded by Sara - the sensible and the plainest one. They kill together a man, who is trying to kidnap and rape the youngest (Lacy). They confess their murder and the sheriff, not knowing what to do with them, decides to do a wife lottery. To Sarah's astonishment, 50 men apply.
Carter McKoy, a man who almost never speaks wins Sarah. Her mother was deaf and when he was a child, thieves murdered his parents and Carter was alone with the bodies, for days. Parker never socializes, but he is gentle, caring, willing.
So far, so good. But then instead of letting grow their relationship, Thomas adds subplots, turns and twists that include train robberies, deaf babies, and gypsies with unbelievable twists that spoiled the story for me.
Eliza has lived all her live in a Mormon community, but she is a bookish girl, a scientist at core. Then, her father hires Grady Wolfe to hunt down El...moreEliza has lived all her live in a Mormon community, but she is a bookish girl, a scientist at core. Then, her father hires Grady Wolfe to hunt down Eliza’s sister, who has escaped to avoid being the third wife of an old abusive husband. Eliza follows Grady to save her sister.
The plot didn’t ring true, but I was willing to believe and I continued reading. But then, one morning, after three or four nights with Grady, she wakes up with her nipple being sucked and she wakes with an “Oh, my” in her mouth and then she smiles and says “That was a lovely way to wake up”. This is 1872 . So no religious beliefs means no morals?
My mother was born in 1934. At the time worker class in Spain was quite anti-clerical (church allied with privileged), they believed that learning and science were the future of our society, our salvation. But the morals were never questioned, and sexuality was taboo (women had to be virgins until they married, nobody talked about periods or monthlies, etc.).
I gave up reading this book because I couldn’t believe Eliza was real. What’s the point of writing an historical if the characters in them don’t act the part? What’s wrong with being historically consistent? I think that it would have added mystery and tension to the book. (less)
Joy is a city girl who goes to live in a little town. Two years ago she dated Lonny, a former rodeo cowboy but they didn't connect. Now they have a pa...moreJoy is a city girl who goes to live in a little town. Two years ago she dated Lonny, a former rodeo cowboy but they didn't connect. Now they have a passive-aggressive relationship that is due to their unfinished business, that is, the spark is still alive. And this is the starting point for lots of unbelievable silly misunderstandings. Main characters bring stupid to a new level. He is delusional, he is the on who decides that he must love her because he hates her. And she gets angry because, one day after kissing together, he attends to church where she plays the organ because what he wants is to unnerve her (at this paranoid point I just dropped the book). (less)
Kate Summers is supposedly a lady, a socialite, polite at all times. The story begins when she goes to meet her mail-ordered-husband.
In spite of bein...moreKate Summers is supposedly a lady, a socialite, polite at all times. The story begins when she goes to meet her mail-ordered-husband.
In spite of being a lady, she doesn’t seem at bit conflicted with her life in spite of having been ostracized by her peers (this happens in 1864), after having had an affair with a married man. In fact, in the first conversation with her future husband, in page 14, she states “to hell with what they (people) think”.
I finished my reading in page 15, when she decides, after shaking Rya’ns hand that she likes him, because “she was a great judge of character, and as she looked him over, her heart skipped a bit”, yes, that’s why she had an affair with the married man who left her. Kate’s character was so inconsistent and shallow that honestly, I didn’t care to see her having monkey-sex with two studs. (less)