Friday, October 29, 2010
Bethany House (August 1, 2010) 297 pages
Description: (from Amazon)
Emily McCarthy needs either a job or a husband. Since teaching posts for women are few and far between, Emily reluctantly accepts the mail-order-bride offer placed in the Chicago Daily Tribune by wealthy Montana rancher Bart Axel. On the way there, her stagecoach is held up. Luke Sullivan never intended to “rescue” Emily; he simply wanted the money Axel had cheated his father out of years ago. However, when Luke sees Axel’s fiancée, he knows Emily has no idea of the kind of man she is about to marry, which leaves Luke with only one option: take Emily with him.
4 stars-I'm trying to come up with a more creative rating system, because I haven't even been using one, but for now I'll just use stars. :)
I would have liked to have seen more from Emily’s point of view, or about her, I guess. Most of the story seems focused on Bart and Luke’s fight. (I actually think guys would enjoy most of this story). I still recommend this book. There just seemed to not be as much romance as I would have liked.
I love stories with Native Americans involved. I have Cherokee in my blood, so I always really enjoy reading about Native Americans, to an extent. There’s a lot of involvement from the Crow in the story. I didn’t really care for the scalping scenes and all that. I find all that gross. I guess that’s why I typically don’t watch movies, except cartoons, involving Native Americans.
I also love stories with orphanages in them, and this story has one of those, too. I would have loved to have saw more focus on it, too.
This book had so many parts that could have easily made it a favorite of mine, but I think the lack of romance kind of kept it from its full potential for me, but I still really enjoyed it and recommend it. And, I do want to point out there is romance, it just doesn’t seem to be the main focus.
Also, this isn’t the typical, I know everything that’s going to happen, type of book. (Parts of it, but not most of it).
*Thanks to Jim Hart @ Bethany House Publishers for my review copy. I was not required to give a positive review.