Fans of Lisa Tawn Bergren's other books will enjoy the fast paced action in this first of a new trilogy set in 1883 Colorado Springs. Like her earlier books, every page has the characters in constant action. The plot is out of the ordinary, primarily set in a sanatorium for consumptives (tuberculosis patients) rather than the typical "nice girl meets nice boy in normal life" scenario.
The title 'Breathe' has a double meaning: The main character must regain her health and learn to breathe freely again physically. Secondarily, the main character and her brother and sister must take a chance to break out of the expectations of family and society and learn to breathe free, to follow the goals of their own hearts.
The three face multiple challenges, one fighting a deadly disease, another fighting unwanted romantic attention, and the third literally fighting in a boxing ring, all against the backdrop of a newly settled western frontier. Somehow Lisa Bergren manages to weave all of these plots and subplots into a believable and entertaining story. From the first scenes of the book to suspicious murders to silver mine claims to mountain chase scenes to the suspenseful ending, this book has an energy that keeps the pages turning.
The author never uses any crude language and everyone keeps their clothes on. And while the dangers that are faced elicit prayers for safety and strength and faith, the book doesn't lapse into preaching. The setting is different and interesting and well researched by the author, who herself lives in Colorado Springs. If you are looking for a good clean mystery with a touch of romance, I highly recommend this book.