“News of the World” is a narrow but exquisite book about the joys of freedom (experienced even by a raging river threatening to overrun its banks); the discovery of unexpected, proprietary love between two people who have never experienced anything like it...
I liked that the book tackled some fairly complex issues but after the first 3-4 of them, the overabundance of medical scenes felt more like padding.
Perhaps if some of the subject matter hadn’t pushed a couple of my personal hot buttons, I’d have enjoyed the story a little more. Even so, Rafe and Laurel’s journey was well worth my time, albeit a little heavier than I had been expecting and it is always nice to catch up with the wider cast of the series.
Plenty of action, humor, and literary allusions drive the story to a bang-up conclusion. Johnson (Dry Bones, 2015, etc.) never disappoints.
The book’s climax is decidedly underwhelming. The details of life on a working ranch lend an air of authenticity, but those details overwhelm the plot to the point where there’s nothing left but boy-meets-girl and a stunning view of the ins and outs of a highly prosperous western homestead.
This is an unsentimental but moving tale, composed with emotional intelligence and historical insight. A timeless tale of love and adventure on the American frontier.
Storey's first novel moves along well enough, but the way he strings together violent action scenes has a paint-by-numbers quality.
Dell’s insight into the world of bull riding is illuminating, and her highly dimensional characters make her a standout in western romance.
The author doesn’t push morality or significantly attempt to subvert gender stereotypes, just penning a fun, vigorous adventure for his two hyperactive boys.
The Bones of Paradise is everything a Western novel should be: a setting that challenges men and women to survive, a love of the land that as strong as that for one’s family, and a story as strong and harsh as the land itself.
Orchard: A Novel is rich with the dust and death of a time period long left behind, one that I am most certainly glad I didn’t live through.
If you enjoy history and romance, danger and deceit, you will find this is a terrific book for your library. Learning more of the past through such a venue keeps you reading and searching to the very end.
The plot’s attempts to justify Stefano’s actions are flimsy, reverting to cartoonish violence so repetitive that the characters comment on it themselves. Even readers interested in an extreme fantasy rendering of a domination/submission relationship are likely to struggle with the unrelenting misogyny...
The fifth case for McCafferty’s fly-tying detective is as rich in history, local color, and unique characters as the first four. You can’t help hoping that the two leads will solve the problems of their relationship as readily as all those crimes.
The challenges of his family may redeem Calvin or break him for good. This is a very well done novel in which every character faces an individual conflict, resulting in a rich, suspenseful read.
At times graphically violent, provocatively sensual, and even existential, this novel maintains the series’ reputation with a thrilling page-turner that will satiate its readers’ desires for compelling action conveyed through a saga of undying love.
Paolo is patient and both guys seem very kind and I liked that, however overall I can’t grade this book higher than between C and C-.
Good Girl is a predictable romance with a few great moments. I’m guessing Vaughn and Finn will each get books of their own, but I don’t know if I’ll read them. There are so many great novels in my TBR pile, I find myself unwilling to give more attention to an author who has failed to ‘wow’ me after multiple books.
...in their search for the truth they learn some surprising things about Bobby and the long-ago theft of a cache of Morgan silver dollars. You don’t have to be a fan of Longmire, the hit Netflix series, to appreciate this clever tale.
I usually base my romance rating on how satisfied I was with the HEA, how much I was invested in the couple and how their story ended. As I said above, once I adjusted my expectations for the story and read the story Ms. McCarthy was writing versus the one I felt I was sold, I did enjoy it.