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Interlude at Cottonwood Springs

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Ruth Reynolds moves in wealthy New York circles. Heck Benham rides the range in the high plateau of New Mexico. When she comes west during the Great Depression, chance throws them together, and they fall in love. But she's a married lady, and he's an honorable man.

In this gripping historical novel, award-winning author Liz Adair tells the story of an outlander—an eastern
Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Century Press (first published January 1st 2015)
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Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Anyway, your review (dang, but you can write!) is below.

Liz Adair's bittersweet western drama, Interlude at Cottonwood Springs, delivers a fresh take on an old theme--the struggles of lovers from two different worlds--that will pierce your heart regardless of gender or favored genre. Drawing from the lives of her ancestors, Adair melds adept historical research with rich literary wordsmithing and exquisitely developed characters, to transport her readers to the Depression-era New Mexico

Narration - Tanya Mills - Really Good! She does such great character voices! Great Story Teller!
4.7 Stars!
Now...for the book! Grrrrr.
First! Ruth, you spoiled little brat! You don't deserve Heck! Oh, and I might be a little bit in love with Heck BTW.

This is set in the depression in a pretty backward part of the country. Utilities are sketchy at best. Ruth is from the City and comes to this town with her husband (who she doesn't love)
She's beautiful and refined and catches everyone's
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Pam Porteous
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The very best book i have read in years . so much to ponder and feel .i will recommend this book to everyone!

The very best book I have read in years! So much to older and feel. Touches all of your emotions and made me think. Well written, and no grammatical mistakes that I find annoying.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-read
Not Her Best

I normally love her books but this one did not do it for me. Compared to her other books I was rather surprised at the quality of this one.
Dan Rogers
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable story. I first became acquainted with the work of this author years ago when I read a couple of her Spider Latham mysteries, so it was with great interest that I picked up this book. I had a little bit of difficulty getting into it at first, but once I did, it was so hard to put down each time. Two things which I found to be very enjoyable with this book were the author's love for the area where this is set. I've driven through areas like this in the past and, although it is ...more
Ashley D
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

I didn't really like this book. This going to be full of SPOILERS!!!! so beware. I struggled in the beginning with how even though she was married and unhappy, she was doing things she shouldn't be as a married woman. I understand she was unhappy, she should have been free before she did anything. I also didn't like that it seemed that Heck did all the changing to make her happy and she never really did anything for him in return. Yes, she
Marlene Lewis
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Liz Adair didn’t disappoint me with this one. I fell in love with Heck. He is a good man with high morals, who loved being a cowboy. He’s honest, kind, and reads anything he can get his hands on, including a black book he found in the bottom of a barrel that really influenced his life. He knows that God will punish him for living with Ruth out of wedlock, but does it anyway. He says he loves her more than he fears God. One of my favorite comments in the book is when he said, “I believe in his ...more
I really enjoyed this book and feel like I've lost a couple of friends when the book ended. I'm sad the story is over and want more. I read at the end of my Kindle book that she has planned a sequel to be released in July 2017. I look forward to reading it.

One of the things that I particularly enjoyed is that this book is a fiction based on a true, family history account of the author. I am fascinated how she wove fiction with reality and was able to capture the essence of some of her family
Felisha Caldeira
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a beautiful and sad tale. Very well written by author Liz Adair, this sorry will take you back, slow you down, and have you hold onto your loved ones a little tighter. I truly enjoyed the picture of the south west Adair depicts and her talent to describe in detail the way of life so many struggled through in the midst of the depression. Most of all, I appreciated her staying true to the human experience and showing us a mirror of what consequences could be based on our actions. This book is ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Normally I've loved Liz Adair's books, but I had a really hard time with this one. I didn't like the main character Ruth. At. All. She's spoiled, selfish and pretty much married her husband, Harlan for his money. That's one thing, but the way she acted when she was married was a bit crazy. She completely didn't take any concern for her marriage vows and went after Heck.

Now don't get me wrong, I didn't like Harlan either. He was also spoiled, selfish and very unkind to Ruth.

I did like Heck for
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of “Interlude at Cottonwood Springs” by Liz Adair in exchange for an honest review.
Ruth is a young lady married to a wealthy young man named Harlan. They are socialites in New York. Because of the depression, Harlan is sent to his uncle’s ranch out west to work. When they get there, Ruth realizes what an abusive man Harlan is and tries more than once to run away. Every time she runs away, she is rescued by a handsome young cowboy named Heck. Sparks begin to fly between the two
I was giving this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I have to be honest that I did not finish this book. The author was very descriptive in her writing. For some people that is great. For me it was a little too much. I had a hard time getting into the story and I really just didn't like the characters. I was not interested in any of them. I stopped reading the book and thought maybe if I gave it a couple of days I could pick it up again and finish it, but to be honest, I didn't even
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I really struggled with this book. At times it felt very slow, and the main character (Ruth) was hard to like. Ruth is in a miserable marriage, and falls quickly in love with a cowboy she meets after moving from city life to country life. At several points I just wanted to slap Ruth and remind her that she was married, and just to get out if she was so miserable, and to leave Heck (another main character, the cowboy she was falling for) alone until she was available. There were parts of the book ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Liz Adair, in a word, is a master storyteller. She has a way of ripping your heart out, and then shoving it back in a little mangled, but also a little wiser than before. She also did a beautiful job in Interlude at Cottonwood Springs in teaching the universal truth of choices and consequences without becoming didactic. To be honest, when I started into this story, I began to dislike the characters. But by the end, I did, and I was able to feel compassion for them. Not that I excused their ...more
Donna May
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you like history, this is a great novel. It explains what life would have been like in the early 1900s as a cowboy or a wife of a cowboy. It explains in great detail the workings of ranches and town back in the early days. But for me, this book was way too slow and it really dragged. I usually read a book in a day, but this book took me a week to get through. It just did not hold my interest.

What would you do if you found the love of your life, but he or she was married? Would you give up
Beth McGuire
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
May 24, 2016 marked it as to-read
This story was difficult for me to peg. There were elements I enjoyed, others I did not. At times the pace seemed very slow, at others I really enjoyed the different elements. All in all, I cannot say the quality is bad, as the author is obviously extremely eloquent and proficient, and knows what she is trying to tell us. It just seems as though this book found me at the wrong time, and it did not speak to me as others have. In another mood or situation I may have loved the experience. In any ...more
Brenda Bible
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interlude at Cottonwood Springs, by Liz Adair was a very interesting book. I toggled between not liking it and liking it so much, I cried in parts. The setting was wonderful and very descriptive. I was torn by the main female character, who did not behave as I felt she should. She has a sad story and is saved by a hard-working, family loving, and honest cowboy. Loved the cowboy and rooted for him! This book had many ups and downs. It was a compelling read with characters you either hated or ...more
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Ok my first reaction to this book is that I hate it, because Ruth is a…I will not say what I am thinking. I know that she is in an unhappy marriage and that it was the great depression. I just think that instead of working on her marriage or atleast just ending the marriage she takes a coweredly way out. I had a hard time with this book on just principle. I gave it a 3 star because of the authors talent to make 3d characters and weave a well written tale. It was just not my cup of tea.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this journey into the past.

Liz spoke with authority about so many aspects of life, as though she had lived them all. I appreciate the terminology of the day and so many of the customs I had never known. Excellent and absorbing book!
Ibbie White
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Richly enchanting

Amazing story of the complexity of tender love, habit, ambition and ingrained wisdom. Beautiful characterizations and cultural idiosyncrasies. Thoughtful exploration of life's great mysteries.
Apr 22, 2016 rated it did not like it


I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I must admit that I did not care for this book. The descriptive writing felt forced and distracting. The story itself may have been solid, but I honestly had a difficult time getting through the book.
Ann Davis
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
True love soon many depths

Sacrificial love: A beautiful story of love, learning to love and learning to sacrifice. Choices and consequences. Liz Adair writes a well told story I simply could not put it down and it's 5 days until Christmas. Please read this it's worth the time.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Liz Adair touches your heart

Ruth and Heck become so real, the tears shed for them are real too. Their love was true and faced troubles as realistic as everyman and woman face.
Sue Koch
Jun 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Hours later

Hours after I finished this book I mourn the ending. This is the second book by this author and I will look for more.
sue madison
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