I had to read this book for a literature class in college and it is still one of my favorites. O'Connor has a way of writing that makes you chuckle when you should probably be bothered by the subject. I highly recommend O'Connor for those who have a sense of humor.
I kept reading thinking it was going to get better, after page 87, I gave up. The writing was poor and the lengthy descriptions of everything offered little to the story, but added plenty of length to book. At one point, Darren had allowed Laurel to take control of his small plane they are flying(she's not a pilot)and when he resumes control the author writes "The controls steadied under her hands. She had a powerful impression of strength and stability, like Darren was touching her through the plane...". I attempted another book from this author previously and also did not finish it, but thought I would give her another chance. Unfortunately, my opinion remains that with a plethora of great authors to choose from, don't waste your time with on this one.
Typically I enjoy this author, but was beyond let down with this book. One plot twist was the only thing that kept me turning page after disappointing page, to find the book end abruptly without revealing the answer. I literally kept flipping the page back and forth looking for pages I knew I must have missed and then checked to see if pages were ripped out at the end; nope, that was the real end. I think she left it open for another in the series, but she could have wrapped it up a little better than that. A story of 2 sets of twins separated as very young children, a woman with amnesia, a mother in a coma, and a missing ill father told with the overuse of the word "past". Don't waste your time.
After reading another in this series, I was looking forward to this book, but was very disappointed. The author had an annoying overuse of the word "texture" and the characters could use more development. The main character, Amy, relocates to Montana to start a new career and leave "baggage" behind, but that baggage is never revealed and the back cover makes it sound as though she has to decide between the love of 2 men, when one character only makes a minimal appearance in the book. Oh, and a tornado is getting ready to rip through the area and on her way to seek shelter, she decides to stop and get her raincoat, good grief. I found myself skipping large, boring portions of this book in order to finish it.
It's been a while since I've read a book that I wish would never end, but that's how I felt about this book. You are hooked from the very beginning with detailed descriptions of the frontier, realistic characters, and a plot that keeps you guessing with a little romance tossed in the mix. I highly recommend this book to historical fiction and romance fans!