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Lauri Robinson loves once upon a time and happily ever after stories, both to read and to write. She lives in Minnesota, and loves spending time with her family. When not writing, she volunteers for several groups, and enjoys Elvis music and watching NASCAR. Her western historical romances have received glowing reviews, and she'd love to be able to time travel back to the Wild West, but only for a visit...she believes there is a lot to be said for indoor plumbing and internet service.
This is the first book by this author that has disappointed me. The story meandered and the ending was not only a massive stretch of credulity it was insulting to the reader. The heroine, confronted with the villain dresses him down like and angry mother or big sister and tosses up his daughters and wife to him and he suddenly sees the error of his ways? And we are supposed to not only believe, that after all the atrocities he's committed that not only does the heroine forgive him and feel sorry for him, but so should we? The man was a boat burner who killed innocent women and children as well as men and soldiers. The author even shows us the body of a small child who as killed when he sinks the boat the heroine was on, nearly killing her own three year old niece. The ending is not only ridiculous but insulting to the reader.
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April hated all men, with good reason. They were mean and sinful. She had proof every time she looked in the mirror at her disfigured face. She feels this way until she meets Jerek Brinkley on the Sultana in 1865. Jerek fell for the northern vixen with her card tricks on the Mississippi River.
When the Sultana explodes April is terrified she will never see her handsome man again or live another day. Jerek does everything he can to save the woman who has won his heart. But once in Memphis he's afraid April will learn things about him he isn't ready to share just yet.
I remember the first time I watched Titanic. I fell in love with Jack Dawson and wanted to be Kate. It was a match made in heaven and for once it was the upper class woman falling for the lower class man. But the ending of the story was devastating. Why couldn't it have a happily ever after? If you felt like I did than you will love this story, An April to Remember. It's based on a true story, but this one has a happy ending. The guy gets the girl and they live happily ever after. Lauri Robinson has taken something that has happened in the past and added a beautiful twist to it. It makes you wonder if something like this could have actually happened that dreadful night in 1865. This story will touch your heart and make you weep with gratification that we have authors such as Robinson. It's one of the better books I have read from The Wild Rose Press Historical American Romance series. This was a wonderful read and I wish it could go on forever. It's one of those books you HAVE to know more about their lives. I think it's a keeper for any bookshelf!
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