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4 Stars and Up Feature: Kitchens of the Great Midwest
"Foodies and those who love contemporary literature will devour this novel that is being compared to Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge. A standout." --Library JournalLearn more
Opinions make the world go round and sharing thoughts and opinions with fellow book lovers and readers is always great fun. Giving an overall rating to an anthology is always VERY difficult. Some stories hit and some miss. Not all the stories are to one's liking; yet, I always enjoy reading an anthology, because FREQUENTLY I come across an unfamiliar author . . . one who is satisfyingly new. Lorraine Heath is the reason I rushed to buy MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYS. Lorraine Heath has been a favorite author since I first read "TEXAS DESTINY." This author seldom misses.
Knowing this, the Publishing House of Kensington unleashes a grand marketing ploy . . .
1). Georgina Gentry: "THE GREAT COWBOY RACE." - Rating: 2 (1 Star). Good grief! In "The Great Cowboy Race" Ms. Gentry misses the mark. The entire affair reeks contemporary and the story itself is nonsensical . . . farce or not . . . this is just plain goofy!
Comanche Jones was a penniless cowboy - a big, rough Texan. Henrietta Jennings was a penniless Boston debutante - a back East city gal. Comanche and Henrietta both wanted fast cash. He needed cash to buy a small ranch, she needed cash to impress her estranged rancher father and the competitive horse race from Omaha to Chicago was just too tempting to pass up! The key word: Competitive!
And so . . . the story and the buffoonery begins and moves from belching contests, to "big sausages," from innocent blue eyes, to big Daddy and his "hang-`um high" lynch mob. To sum up in two words: Gallop Around.
2). Teresa Bodwell: "MOONLIGHT WHISPERS." - Rating: 10 (5 Big Stars). Remarkably, Teresa Bodwell controls this raw, poignant story.Read more ›
One of the things I love about anthologies is the opportunity to discover wonderful new authors. I bought this book because I am a fan of Teresa Bodwell's "Loving Mercy" and "Loving Miranda" books.
Bodwell has a compelling writing style and it comes through again in this anthology. The characterization is wonderful and the story drew me in. I love the details she uses.
"Moonlight Whispers" is the story of Isabelle and Luke. She's proper, but spunky. He's none too wise in the ways of love, but ultimately learns. I like that Isabelle is steady and strong and she doesn't give in to Luke, who can be a handfull. Lots of sexual tension and a great ending. A perfect read.
I think I'd read one Georgina Gentry book before this and I enjoyed it more than I did this particular short story. Still, it's a good story, with a fast pace and interesting characters.
I'd never read Lorraine Heath before, but will now seek out her other books. "The Reluctant Hero" made me smile. It's the story of Andrea and Matthew, who are at odds from the start. A sweet story that made me want to read it twice.
This is one of my favorite anthologies.
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Over the past months, I've learned to appreciate the short stories included in an anthology. The 3 novellas included here are diverse and interesting.
THE GREAT COWBOY RACE - Georgina Gentry - 3.5 stars
This was a fun tale in spite of the fact that the story was a bit lame. The chemistry between the 2 main characters really carried the story for me.
Bostonian Henrietta Jennings is running away from a pending marriage to a man she doesn't like. She's trying to get to her negligent father, who happens to be away at the time of her arrival in Chadron, Nebraska. Desperate for money, she decides to disguise herself in male garb and compete in the 1000 mile horse race.
Comanche Jones has been drifting and decides it's time to buy land and start his own ranch. Since he's short of funds for his grand scheme, he enters the horse race. Gentry made a mistake that many new authors seem to make; she tied up ALL the loose ends before the story ended. It made the novella seem rushed ... and too neat.
WHISPERING BY MOONLIGHT - Teresa Bodwell - 3.0 stars
This is my first story by Teresa Bodwell and the story simply didn't speak to me. Truth in point, the story left me cold. I just couldn't get past the point where Isabelle asked Luke to spend the night with her so she could learn how to be a good whore.
It is 1862; Isabelle Milton is looking for her father when she runs out of money in Washington Territory. She finds a part-time job that plays out just before the harsh winds of winter arrive. The owners of the saloon where she works suggest to one of their customers that he hire Isabelle as a cook.
THE RELUCTANT HERO - Lorraine Heath - 5 stars
In this story, we get to watch a master at work!Read more ›
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