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Under the Desert Sky

3.26  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Sara Luck is known for her “well-developed characters, accurate historical settings, and hot naked men” (RT Book Reviews), and Under the Desert Sky does not disappoint! Fans will love this story of a widowed frontierswoman and the ranch hand who might be all that stands between her and ruin.

Phoebe Sloan isn’t afraid of hard work—she couldn’t have survived on th
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Pocket Books
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Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of unusual western historical romance
Rated 3.5 - UNDER THE DESERT SKY by Sara Luck portrays an unusual combination of a South African hero traveling to the Arizona Territory in the 1900s. Raising ostriches for their plumes isn't something I ever heard about from our history, so I find that part of this novel appealing within a western historical romance.

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In the beginning of the book there is a preface it explains the reasoning for the basis of the story. It is a very interesting story about the farming of ostriches in Arizona. Developing a storyline out of some family history from the author was a brilliant idea.

The first couple chapters felt a little choppy to me as they didn’t seem to really flow smoothly. However, once I got past them and got further into the story, the more engrossed I became.

I really enjoyed both of
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it

Three stars: A nice romance, but it felt too rushed and the hero was a little too good to be true.

Phoebe Sloan stares at the cloudless sky, worrying again about the lack of rain and the ongoing drought. If rain doesn't come soon, her ostrich ranch in the Arizona desert will be ruined. Then there is here troublesome and meddling brother in law, who is determined to see her fail, even if that means sabotaging her farm. Just when things are the bleakest, Christian de Whet, a South African importer
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love historical romance and jumped at the chance to read this frontier novel. Phoebe Sloan is a widowed homesteader with a four-year-old son. She is desperately trying to save their land and her son’s birthright. In the 1900’s Ostrich, feathers were the height of fashion in America and England. Phoebe is trying to raise them but someone is sabotaging her efforts. She knows who the culprit is and refuses to comply with his wishes. I liked Phoebe she is tough and while she feels guilt about some ...more
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Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an okay read, no memorable moments, not a keeper for me.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Many aspects of UNDER THE DESERT SKY are not commonly found in a historical romance. While the Arizona Territory setting might be the locale of a story taking place in 1900, having a career of raising ostriches is definitely unusual, especially when the owner is a woman. The hero is from South Africa, and his way of thinking is also not the norm for many folks living in the southwest at the turn of the twentieth century. Sara Luck vividly interweaves factual details with imaginative circumstance ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
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In the preface for “Under the Desert Sky”, the author, Sarah Luck, tells us the story of how she came up with the idea for this book. I am a little sad to say that, for me, that is one of the more interesting parts of the story. While reading the book, it felt sort of hum-drum. It was alright, the storyline was fine, but I never found a real connection to it. However, this is also not the type of book I normally read. I decided to take a chance and see if I wStars

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It started out slow but one Christian and Phoebe met the sparks flew!!!!
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Sara Luck has lived the life that other novelists write about. A retired school teacher, Sara taught in Alaska, 200 miles above the Arctic Circle. She has traveled to every state in the United States and has watched Bowhead Whales breaching in the Chukchi Sea, cavorting Dahl Sheep in the Brooks Range, leaping cutthroat trout on Oregon's McKenzie River, roaming grizzly bear and mountain lions in th ...more