Lori Wick is a writer of Christian romance, but this book disappoints on many levels.
First, it is very boring. The book is little more than a series of polite conversations between the residents of a small Old West town called Token Creek. Second, there is no plot worth speaking of. There is no drama. The author attempts to add a deep dark secret that Cassidy, the heroine is hiding from the townsfolk, but it is anticlimactic to say the least. Third, the book suffers from having too many characters. Every conversation between every other minor character (Mrs. Hibbard, a customer of Cassidys) and the main protagonists is written out. This is deadly dull for a romance, or for any other type of book, for that matter. Are we as readers meant to care for these people?
Another reviewer described the book as reading a really bad sitcom that is going to be cancelled. This book doesnt even rise to that level; sitcoms have some element of humor; this book has none. A potentially funny situation would involve the romantic triangle between cowboy Trace, banker Chandler, and seamstress Cassidy. But the author doesnt do anything with these characters. They simply exist, and she expects us to care. Not going to happen anytime soon.
Speaking of too many characters, Cassidy also converses casually with the minister Rylan, and a few other minor single male characters. For a few chapters, this reads like The Bachelorette: Old West Edition. And I hate that show. Wick is a decent writer, but this is far from her best effort.
I liked it; I don't usually read this kind of book but it was good. It was well written and a refreshing change of pace.
I really liked this book. I liked the whole series.