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Nightsong by Carolyn Davidson
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Nightsong has languished on my tbr pile for years. I started it but put it down because I wasn't been in a mood to finish it at the time. Yesterday, I felt this strong urge to read a western. Those urges come on me, and I felt it best to indulge. My eyes fell on it tucked into the large bookshelf in my room, and I started reading it again. It was the right book for my present mood.

Nightsong has that feel that I enjoy in a historical western. Strong people living their lives, facing adversities, and adhering to their personal sense of honor. Debra is a woman of two worlds: her mother was Indian and her father was white. Both worlds have rejected her to some extent. As a result, Debra has found her own world to live in. When hard-eyed Ethan Tyler comes along, determined to live with her at her homestead, she doesn't like the idea, but she can't make him leave. Before she knows it, they are married. And she falls in love with her husband, a man with torment and dark memories in his eyes. Before they can found a future, Ethan has to face his past. He is a fugitive, having killed the man who killed his wife and young son, and a bounty hunter has come to take him back. Honor dictates that Ethan go back and prove he was right to kill that man. Will this man she has come to love as her husband return to her, or will she be forced go back to living alone, on the edge of two worlds?

I liked the steady narrative, which was light on dialogue and heavy on description. Admittedly, this doesn't always work for me, but it did for this book at this moment in time and space. It showed rather than told who Debra and Ethan were. They are characters in which actions speak louder than words, so it was fitting. Through their interaction in the world around them, with each other, and with other pivotal characters. (view spoiler)

It's an interesting thing how much reading depends on mood, at least for me. At times, this sort of book wouldn't be what I wanted to read. Other times, like yesterday, it was what the doctor ordered. It satisfied my craving for a western, and left me wanting more. That's why I gave it four stars.
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04/20/2012 page 174
46.0% "In the mood for a western. I'll finally finish this one."

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message 1: by Angelc (new)

Angelc great review, danielle. i read one by her that i really loved. i believe i read this one too, and something really sad happened that i wasn't prepared for.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Thanks, Angelc. I think I know what you're referring to (view spoiler)

message 3: by Angelc (new)

Angelc Actually, that wasn't what I'm thinking of, so it must have been another one that I read. I guess I read both books before I had goodreads, b/c they aren't in my goodreads list!

message 4: by Brylit (new)

Brylit Glory be! Ya know how much I love a good tale. Westerns are some of my favs. Can't wait to indulge.
Good review!LD. :0 Brylit

message 5: by LLCSpokane (new)

LLCSpokane Great review! I read this a few years ago and really liked it.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Sorry I didn't see your replies.

Angelc, I have the same experience with some of my older reads.

Brylit, let me know when you want to read it.

Thanks, LLC Spokane. I'm glad you liked it too!

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