A Reader's Opinion: Curl up with a blanket and a few hours because this is a book to enjoy. Carla Kelly is one of my favorite authors, and although heA Reader's Opinion: Curl up with a blanket and a few hours because this is a book to enjoy. Carla Kelly is one of my favorite authors, and although her Regencies remain my favorite of her books, her historical westerns are strong, well-written, and entertaining. The Wyoming setting comes alive, and I'm always thrilled at how through Kelly's research is for her books. Lily and Jack are both great, yet complex, characters, each searching for their own beginning, struggling to survive, and mend broken hearts. As always, I can highly recommend this and any of the author's books. ...more
After having read the first book, I really looked forward to the second. The author didn't disappoint with the characters. I enjoyed both Logan and ClAfter having read the first book, I really looked forward to the second. The author didn't disappoint with the characters. I enjoyed both Logan and Claire as the hero and heroine. Claire's upbringing didn't give her a lot of options in life, but she was tough enough to survive whatever life threw at her. Logan is a great western hero, and I liked that he was a bit rough around the edges. He and Claire came together in an unexpected way, and they didn't have an easy go of things, but neither let the obstacles stop them from being together. I did connect with the main characters in the first book a bit more, but Logan alone makes it worth the read. I look forward to the third book, and especially the hero in that one.
Content Note: The book had more graphic sex than I prefer, and I could have done without so much of it, but if that doesn't bother you, then it shouldn't stop you from enjoying the story (just skip the pages like I do). There was some language, with most of it toward the end. ...more
I enjoyed both the story and the characters. Our heroine, Molly is one you just want to see come out on top. She's been through a lot (read the blurbI enjoyed both the story and the characters. Our heroine, Molly is one you just want to see come out on top. She's been through a lot (read the blurb and the book rather than me restating them here), and you can't help but feel for the girl. Matt has had his share of tough times, but most of it's self-inflicted. He struggles with guilt, and then with his feelings for Molly, but you can't help but cheer when he finally "gets it." There is one moment between the hero and heroine, a touching moment while they're in each others' arms, immediately following a harrowing event. The author did such a wonderful job with the chemistry and building up the romance. The secondary characters were some of my favorites, at least a few of the men. I wasn't especially fond of Matt's parents, though I can't say why, but you'll read the book for the other characters anyway. I want to know more about Logan (Matt's brother), Nate (he managed to be my favorite), and Cale (there's just something about him). I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Content Note: There was one graphic scene that lasts a few pages. I liked that it was set up in a way so I knew when to skip over it. Not that I mind scenes like that, but I prefer to skim or skip them entirely. There was also some language, but nothing excessive or distracting. It was appropriate for the time period and characters. Just an FYI for readers who like to know. ...more
A Reader's Opinion: "Discovering Peace" is a sweet and heartwarming story. I was thrilled to have a chance to read this book because adoption is not oA Reader's Opinion: "Discovering Peace" is a sweet and heartwarming story. I was thrilled to have a chance to read this book because adoption is not only something that I strongly support under the right circumstances, but we've had a few adoptions in my family, so I have a soft spot for the subject. I know a part of my enjoyment of the book comes from that connection.
I didn't read the first book, but I feel as though this was a stand-alone title, and the author did a great job of giving you enough back story so you aren't lost. I teared up in the first few pages, which is always a great sign. It was touching to read the story from both Ally's and the adopted parents' perspectives. I can't say that I cared much for the adopted mother's character, though I can't pinpoint why, but Ally was great, and I enjoyed her perspective the most. I did think that Olivia, the adopted mother, she showed amazing kindness at one point in the book. Riley, a character you meet later on in the book, was my favorite, and definitely worthy of Ally.
Ally goes through a lot, but she's tough, and despite her young age, she makes it through everything that life throws at her. The story is filled with one great lesson after another - all of them worth learning. Now, this book has strong LDS religious elements from start to finish, and I would say that it's geared entirely toward an LDS audience (which I am). Yes, others could get a lot out of it, but if you're not familiar with the LDS religion, then you may find a number of things unfamiliar or confusing.
This is a lovely story with a beautiful message about overcoming trials and the blessings that can come from adoption....more
I knew I would enjoy Nathan when I got to his story, and I was right! Matt and Logan from the first two books are great men, but there was just somethI knew I would enjoy Nathan when I got to his story, and I was right! Matt and Logan from the first two books are great men, but there was just something about Nathan. The author didn't disappoint in creating a character who can be admired, respected, and who is a swoon-worthy in a rugged way (my favorite kind). Emma is brave and kind. This book was really quite interesting from historical, geographical, and paranormal standpoints. I'm not usually one for the otherworldly in books, but the author used it to her advantage and made it a fascinating element and trait for Emma. I became more engrossed with learning about the Grand Canyon and folklore that was weaved into the story. The romance built well chapter after chapter, and the intimate scenes were tastefully done, sweet, and brief. An enjoyable series. ...more