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A Love of Her Own by Maggie Brendan
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Oct 12, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: christianfiction, historical, revell, dnf
Recommended to Margaret by: Relz Reviewz
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Originally, in reading the first book in the Hearts of the West Series, No Place for a Lady (Heart of the West, #1) I had to say: Having a plot line that starts and grows with tragedy, this is a novel that grabs your heart and makes you silently or even sometimes verbally cheer on the heroine to succeed at her current goal. Maggie Brendan has done well with her first novel and I definitely look forward to more. This is easily one of those stories where you are screaming for the characters to see what you as a reader are seeing. There are times where I thought something would come out differently, but with the story coming to a close I could not have imagined anything better than the way it was itself. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!!

My review of the second in the series, The Jewel of His Heart: The romantic prose of Maggie Brendan is very visual and a reader can easily imagine what it was in Montana in the late period of the 1800s. The writing and characterization of the protagonist was good, I could tell, because they aggravated me to no end with the decisions and flip flops of emotions. A slight thing that threw me was some of the serious events that occurred in the lives of our main characters and how quickly the story just seemed to move forward without much time for the characters much less a reader to reflect. This is a sequel in continuing the life of main character Josh McBride from No Place for a Lady yet this story completely holds it’s own as a stand-alone. Once a cattle-rancher’s son, McBride is attempting to make his own as a sheepherder. The details of the life are intriguing and as a reader going along for the journey one routes for Josh to succeed. Juliana Brady has had it rough and has her pride, but with each day as she grows closer to Christ she learns a bit more of what He has in store. I definitely plan to read more titles to come from Maggie Brendan. This was a great story, I just did not personally mesh with the character’s personalities and felt they were quick to jump and assume, but then that just hits a nerve. The romance is vivid and chill bumps present, this is one to read with imagination and time to reflect the lessons within as well as revel in the kisses stolen.

This third and final end to the trilogy I just could not do. From page five, I despised the main character. She is a snobbish, self centered, arrogant girl. She will do things that will start to make her have a personality worth attention, and then reverts back to idiocy. While everyone deserves love and redemption, her story just was not one that held me. While that is said, I know many of my friends read and loved the novel.

It seems that Carly just loved the book. She was left with a happy feeling and cannot wait to see what Maggie Brendan writes next.
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Just because this was not a book that I loved, many other people have and highly recommend it. It was just not my cup of tea, but try it for yourself, you may love it like these ladies did.

*Thanks to Revell Books for providing a copy for review.*
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Reading Progress

October 12, 2009 – Shelved
October 12, 2009 – Shelved as: christianfiction
October 12, 2009 – Shelved as: historical
October 12, 2009 – Shelved as: revell
June 11, 2010 –
page 15
June 20, 2010 –
page 10
June 23, 2010 –
page 48
14.72% "Right now, I despise April."
June 23, 2010 –
page 53
June 26, 2010 –
page 113
34.66% "I just cannot do it. *sigh* I skimmed the rest. Review pending."

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message 1: by Amy (new) - rated it 3 stars

Amy You are right, I haven't liked her since the beginning of book 1. Interesting they would make a book about her. Am intrigued to s ee how it end up.

Abbi I feel the same way about A Love of Her Own! April is really annoying me and then in the last chapter I read she read her Bible and suddenly realized she needed to change and instantaneously starts being a nicer person. Which is extremely unrealistic. I kinda want to give up but I think I'm gonna push through to the end!

Margaret Chind I guess it just takes different people. Overall I feel more positive things than negative about "Maggie"'s writing and will continue to look for her new books.

Abbi Yeah I've loved all of her other books which made this a bigger disappointment, but it is not the end of my Maggie Brendan reading!

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