Idaho is sad, but not despairingly so. Ruskovich’s prose is lyrical but keen, a poem that never gets lost in its own rhythm.
“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.
Whether he’s squaring off against biker gangs or teasing out long-simmering feuds involving his closest friends, Walt Longmire is always the man for the job.
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 writing is notable, and her rodeo setting is fascinating, with characters that leap off the page and an intriguing series of actions, conflicts, and back story elements that keep the plot moving even though Violet and Joe’s missed connections occasionally seem strained.
The author doesn’t push morality or significantly attempt to subvert gender stereotypes, just penning a fun, vigorous adventure for his two hyperactive boys.
Three-fourths in, I felt so annoyed by the white settlers’ squabbles I didn’t care which lowlife killed J.B...But just when you think you can’t read another word about this sorry lot and their brutality and bad parenting, Rose resurfaces with a vengeance. You’ll have to read all the way to the end to see what I mean.
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.
Watson’s powerful characterizations frame large and connected themes: family loyalty, the conflicting capacities of love, and the tenuous connections between humans.
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.