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The Storyteller

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Vicki Carlisle, a young woman with ambitions that stretch far beyond the confines of her father's prosperous ranch in the high country of southern Wyoming, writes the adventures of her suffragette-like character Evangeline and has them published in Quest & Quill. When Evangeline tackles two age-old taboos, all hell breaks loose in her hometown of Feather Ridge. The simultaneous arrival of Will Harrison, a young Montana rancher who takes up the temporary post of foreman while Vicki's father recuperates from injury, complicates her less than simple life. In need of a new direction after his own personal tragedy, Will finds passionate Vicki, her five beguiling sisters, a busy ranch and becoming embroiled in the town's upheaval much more than he bargained for.

Rippling with mystery and intrigue, The Storyteller will deposit you squarely in Feather Ridge, a little town with a big secret, and won't let you leave until the storyteller has spun her final web of words.

"Vicki is a young woman who through the sheer exuberance of her imagination is prone to exaggeration. Will, being a steady young man who is realising that there is more to his life than what he's known, simply cannot resist her." Ava Pashley on her romantic protagonists in The Storyteller.

256 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 2012

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About the author

Ava Pashley is passionate about writing and about storytelling, so then it's not really surprising that her first romance/mystery is called The Storyteller. She is also a historian. One of her great loves is travelling to the beautiful Medicine Bow Mountains in southern Wyoming, which is the setting for The Storyteller. This beautiful region of Wyoming, with its breath-taking natural beauty, lively history, friendly people and sense of adventure, provides profound inspiration for her writing. Her website features The Storyteller on Location, where readers can view for themselves locations that inspired the setting of the novel. Readers can also tap into Ava's inspiration for her characters, locations, history and other fascinating features in the novel by following The Storyteller on Pinterest.

On her romantic protagonists in The Storyteller, she says: "Vicki is a young woman who through the sheer exuberance of her imagination is prone to exaggeration. Will, being a steady young man who is realizing that there is more to his life than what he's known, simply cannot resist her. Their journey is about being the person you need to be, living the life you are meant to live, finding the courage and the means to make it happen. And that might just mean not doing it all on your own as you thought."

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86 reviews8 followers
August 2, 2013
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a piece of historical fiction set during the time of the women's suffrage movement and gives a good insight into what it was like to be a woman in that time, the story uncovers a big secret in the little town Feather Ridge which not only was taboo in those days but still is in many cases. I think the author gave a fair representation of the story and can be an inspiration to women all over.

Even in this era Vicki is portrayed as a strong, independent, level headed woman and Will a strong, hard working, well mannered man who shows respect for those around him, particularly the women. Although the story touches very lightly on women's suffrage, it is pleasant to see the different way in which women were treated at that time and the development of women's independence.

After Vicki and Will's relationship having quite a bit part in the story I would have liked to read more about it in the end but I felt it was tied up to quickly, that's the only reason I have given the book 4 stars instead of 5.

The characters were believable and easy to relate to which I think is very important in a good book, but not only that, there was a great range of different characters, all of which were very well described! The book is well written, the story is easy to follow and I could visualise the scene easily. I love a book that draws me into it like that.

I would highly recommend this book. I will certainly be reading it again and looking out for more by this author.
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210 reviews7 followers
May 11, 2013
Thank you, Ava, for choosing me in your give-away of THE STORYTELLER. I finished it last night and enjoyed the characters and story line. Will is every girls ideal and it so refreshing to read about a bunch of good and down home kind of people. I expected a happy ending but don't want to ruin it for other readers. I will just say I was very satisfied with the tale when I finished the book.
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188 reviews11 followers
May 26, 2013
I loved this book, and am so glad I won it. On one side we have woman's rights and free speech (subjects near and drear to my heart) and on the other side we have two people who just can't figure out what they need in a relationship.
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