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I am a big fan of Kathleen Ball’s writing—I believe I have read all of her books. Cinder’s Bride was a change of genre for her. It is a historical western romance novel set in post civil war Texas.

I will confess that at first I had a bit of difficulty relating to the shift in her writing, but there was a great deal about the book that I liked. 

I found Shannon McMurphy’s character to be believable, and I could sympathize with her insecurities and understand where she came from. She had made the choice to risk travelling to an area that she knew nothing about, to become a wife to man she didn’t know, in hope of having a better life than she would have had before.  That took guts.  When she realized that the man who sent for her had not been honest about himself or his intentions, she refused to marry him. That took guts. To punish her for refusing him, he left his mark on her… one that she would see every time she looked in the mirror. He thought she would bow to him, but she didn’t.

Cinder was a kind man and in good conscience he could not leave Shannon at John Hardy’s mercy. Since it seemed the only answer, he married her and took her to his ranch.  But he is a man who is dealing with his own demons, and they are reflected in how he communicates with Shannon. 

Thank God for Cookie, who became Shannon’s staunch ally.

Life in those times was very different than today—I think the author did a good job of portraying how it was. And no matter what decade people live in they are still human beings and have all the emotions that come with being a person.  Their culture and past experiences will affect how they react, but they still fear, love, hate, get angry, make mistakes (yes I realise that’s not an emotion), feel insecure, worry…and yes they have sex.

There were a few editing errors. But overall I liked the book and recommend it to anyone who likes historical western romances.

This book can be purchased on Amazon by clicking here.

 

Patty Wisemans books

Multi award winning, Patty Wiseman is a talented writer who has a good understanding of human emotions and reactions, and has the ability to make her readers feel like they are right there with the characters.

This 3 book series takes you to Detroit in 1929—they follow the continuing story of Ruth Squire’s life.
An Unlikely Arrangement introduces her as a spunky rebellious 17 year old who wants to explore the world and live an exciting life. After she pulls a few rebellious stunts she finds her self imprisoned in her room while her parents plot to marry her off to the milk man in an effort to save her from herself.  When she meets this man whom she has imagined would be dull and uninteresting, she finds that she likes him and is willing to accept her “fate”.
But other forces are already in play; forces of corruption, greed and she becomes the ransom that will save her home and families life style.
This first book takes you on a skillfully written journey of love, betrayal, intrigue, kidnapping and murder—at a time when the power of the Mob rules . An Unlikely Arrangement ends on a cliff hanger, that skillfully leads you into its sequel “An Unlikely Beginning”.

In An Unlikely Beginning, Ruth Squire’s and Peter Kirby (the milk man) struggle to build a relationship and get married. But this book is also riddled with secrets and crime. Peter is kidnapped and Ruth takes matters into her own hands in an effort to save him. Some of her mother’s secrets also come to light, and the reader learns that many things are not what they seem to be. This is not a case of the sins of the father being visited upon his children, it is quite the opposite.

An Unlikely Conclusion is the third and final book of the series.  It begins just after Ruth Squire and Peter Kirby finally get married. They board the train to begin their honeymoon and less than a hour later they are involved in a horrific train accident. The intensity of this dramatic event is made even more tragic by Ruth’s momentary willful and stubborn actions just before it happened. This book leads them into another series of unexpected history that they had no idea about, and their relationship is almost torn apart.
Patty Wiseman has done masterful job of penning this series in it’s historical background, bringing to life the feelings of real human beings caught in the corruption of the mob during the Roaring Twenties. Even if you don’t usually read the Historical genre, I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
The entire Velvet Shoe Collection is a worthy addition to any library!

PS>  I LOVE the covers!

Another Chance

I loved this story set in 1879 in Montana; a time when men ruled in society. Women were expected to obey, support their husband’s ideas and be wives, mothers and homemakers. God forbid that one would become a veterinarian–that was a man’s world and there was no place for a woman in it. When Jillian Matthews came to fill the position of the towns veterinarian, the whole community was outraged. Some of the men would have let their animals die before they would call upon her–but when faced with a crisis, their woman and children were not totally controlled!

The first thing I noticed was Beatties flair for description of her characters and their environment. Immediately she made me feel like I was there with them, I could see, smell and feel what was going on. That is what I look for in an author’s works.

I loved Jillian Matthews spunk and the fact that she would not cower or back down from her goals; yet she was flexible enough to change if she could see merit in it.

Wade Parker was widower who had inherited a difficult financial situation when his father died, as well as a load of emotional baggage from his marriage. His views about a woman’s desire to have a career had been coloured by the thinking of the times. His honest character (and his strong mother) made him support Jillian in the community, but he tried to fight his growing attraction because he felt he could not have a relationship with a woman who would insist on working–one who would not find him to be “enough” for her. But he was not so stubborn that he could not accept change when he knew it was right to.

There were many twists that made this book interesting. It gave a peek into a time when society was driven by male dominance. It had women who followed their path in spite of that dominance. It had intrigue, suspense, romance, sensuality, good guys and bad guys.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great read with a historical western theme, that has intrigue, suspence, strong women, a love that grows and the sensuous tension that drives it.

You can purchase this book on Amazon
To learn more about Michelle Beattie  check out her author profile.  She is a very accomplished, award winning author, from Alberta, Canada