Didn't anyone else get creeped out that the "young minister" who wanted Opal was old enough to have an illegitmate son who was around eight, and Opal (who takes up so much of this novel it should have been named after her "Opal II") was only 14!!! Uh, folks, nowadays that is called child molestation!
OK, this is one of those times, I just have to write a review. The premise of this book is cute, about an heiress who wants to marry a hardworking man. The two characters, Xan and Judd, are unbelievable, unrealistic which makes the book painful to read. However, the writing is good, smooth and fast moving. I kept reading, hoping it would get better - like maybe Xan would wake up and realize that her fixation on this man is unhealthy because he is definitely weird, if not psychotic. Judd drew so many erroneous conclusions to think that his brothers set him up, you have to wonder, how did he ever succeed in business to become the wealthiest man in South Dakota. The story was horribly flawed, but the writing was well done. I would try another by this author and hope this one is not her norm.
It is rare that I feel I really must write a review. This book was really bad! I usually love Mary Jo Putney, but if you haven't read this one, please give it a pass. I sped read the beginning and kept thinking it must get better. It never did. I have never like rape in novels, I lost track of the number of times it was described, enacted or discussed in this book. The description of how the main character serviced her husband - really, does this have to be described at all? Just yuck! I used to keep Putney's on my shelf as a sure to fulfill "good read". No longer. I am kind of scared to open another after this one.
Wow! I have read several of the mysteries in this series and this is the best one by far! The back and forth of the retrospective and the current action was very effective in keeping up the suspense. Very cool references to the Agatha Christie novel, "And Then There Were None".
This is one of those books, I felt I entered in the middle of the story. I had to see if there was a prior book which would help to figure out the story line. That being said, I liked the writing and the story. Having the heroine being older and wiser and getting over an addiction is an unusual twist to the story which made it fresh. I liked this story and will read more by this author.
What I like about Carla Kelly is that her stories are usually well developed and the hero and heroines are not cooky cutter idiots, like so many historical romances. The first story seemed a little rushed at the end; the second really needed another 50 pages to develop the romance and th third was a bit unrealistic when you consider the sex on the train. I think Ms Kelly needs more pages to develop her characters to her usual standard. I love her books, and recommend this one which is not as good as her longer novels, but still in the same style which she does so well.
I loved the novels in this series, having read Pasadena Promises first. However, I was disappointed in this novel. Imogene was unbelievable. I think she would really have been murdered due to her impetuous actions. The later novels are much better but this does provide the background for what happens later.
Wow this guy was insanely charming to woo these professional women, get them to pay for his excessive lifestyle and then even kill one of them. He gets what he deserves at the end but the story is gripping. It really makes you think about those charmers out there!
Clara Melton lived, loved and fought in a man's world with a woman's cunning, a warrior's courage, and a fiery spirit that would become known throughout the land. But the noblewoman who set forth to carve a fur-trading empire in American's savage wilderness would become legend as the white woman who conquered the land, the warrior and the Thunder Horse, Firecloud.