Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Bride Wore Blue

The Bride Wore Blue
Mona Hodgeson

Back east in Portland, Maine, Vivian Sinclair made a bad choice that follows her to Cripple Creek, Colorado, where her sisters have found husbands and made a home. The shame she carries with her is powerful and she struggles to accept forgiveness from the Lord. Vivian sees limited choices for her future...and marriage isn't one of them.
When most employers find Vivian unworthy as well, she is forced to accept a hostess job at a prestigious sporting parlor. Her decision appears to work out well until an outlaw shows up, violence breaks out and a death occurs. Vivian could be next, so she flees into the night only to be captured by the dangerous outlaw. Will the sheriff's deputy find Vivian? When he discovers her true identity, will he be able to forgive her secrets and lies?

     I admit that I did not read the book description before agreeing to review this book (Our computer had a virus, so it was making it very difficult to read certain sites). When I received the book, I really wasn't sure about it because from the blurb on the back of the book I didn't know exactly would be. Thankfully, though the plotline is such that I wouldn't recommend this to younger readers, there wasn't anything explicit or inappropriate in this book. Still, it did make me rather uncomfortable at times, knowing that Vivian was working in, well, a brothel- even if she was only serving drinks.
     This is a third book in a series, and I haven't read the other books. Even so I wasn't confused, though I think it would be a good idea to read the other two books before trying this one, simply because I think you would get to know the characters better. In this book...I just didn't really care a whole lot for the characters. Sometimes Vivian downright annoyed me for being so hardheaded, and the romance I felt was a little wanting. It was kind of like the two characters met...and then they meet again and they were falling in love. There just didn't seem to be a process to their relationship. All of a sudden it just...was.
     Anyway, this book wasn't horrible...but I just didn't care for it.

Rating: 6

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Skip Rock Shallows

Skip Rock Shallows
Jan Watson
Tyndale House

     Lilly Gray Corbett has just graduated from medical school and decided to accept an internship in the coal camp of Skip Rock, Kentucky. Her beau, Paul, is doing his residency in Boston and can't understand why Lilly would choose to work in a backwater town. But having grown up in the mountains, Lilly is drawn to the stubborn, superstitious people she encounters in Skip Rock-a town where people live hard and die harder and where women know their place. Lilly soon learns she has a lot to overcome, but after saving the life of a young miner, she begins to earn the residents' trust.
     As Lilly becomes torn between joining Paul in Boston and her love for the people of Skip Rock, she crosses paths with a handsome miner-one who seems oddly familiar. Her attraction for him grows, even as she wrestles with her feelings and wonders what he's hiding.

     I have never read anything by Jan Watson before, but she's has received some very good reviews, so I was quite curious about her writing. However, I was disappointed. Not in the author's writing, because I think she is talented, but simply how feministic I found this book. I'm really tired of period heroines who pursue a career and are shocked when people don't accept their jobs as God's "calling" on their life. There was one point in the book that super annoyed me- Lilly was offended at the way the wife in the home she was staying in was serving her husband. Come on people : the woman was fixing him breakfast before she herself ate. Yet Lilly was "shocked" that this man was treating his wife like a "slave". (Also, this man was not some overbearing man who treated women like dirt; he was a very kind, godly man that Lilly otherwise admired. She was just disappointed in the way he viewed women.)
     Anyway, the main story just bugged me. It did have it's good points- the hero was likable and I did enjoy some of Lilly's misadventures meeting people in the town (and the characters of Ned and Armina totally cracked me up) but that didn't change the fact that sometimes this book downright offended me. Although, I must admit after reading the book description, I should have known that a story about a woman doctor would have been at least a little feministic no matter what!

I received this book for free from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 5
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