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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2012
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The Ruby Brooch is the first book in the Celtic Brooch Trilogy by Katherine Lowry Logan. When I was contacted by the author to read this book, I was instantly excited. It combines several of my favorite things; historical romance, time travel and a stubborn woman. I could not wait to read it. From modern day Kentucky to 1852 Independence, Missouri, this book brings you on a woman's journey through time that defies all the odds.

Kit, our main character is such a strong and determined woman, you can't help but love her as she tries to learn the truth about her parentage. Her loyalty and bravery are other traits that I really admired. She doesn't know how not to help people in need. I loved watching her story unfold. All the characters were vibrant and complex; no cardboard cut outs here. Cullen, Kit's love interest, is beyond swoon-worthy; he quotes Shakespeare, hums Bach and is overprotective in a non-control freak way. I adore him.

This was a fast read for me, probably because I couldn't put my kindle down. Instead I was carrying it from room to room so I could see what would happen next. It's fast paced, sweet and sad at times. I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster as I read. Laughing one moment and crying the next. It's an incredible story rich with detail. I could picture the wagon train in my mind so easily from the author's descriptions. The story is told from the third person perspective which I really love because you get to get inside all the characters' heads and see what makes them tick.

Amazing characters and great storytelling make this a real page turner. The Ruby Brooch is one of the best books I've read this year; it's a fantastically original and moving book that will make you believe in true love and soul mates.This book was breathtaking from beginning to end. A poignant tale of loss and love and hope. I cannot wait for the next installment! I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2012
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Wow! What a book! I thought at the first it might be just a regular story, was I ever wrong. This story took off and didn't stop till the very last word. It is full of growing excitement, twist truns, surprises and full of romance and love. It will make you laugh, cry and tug at your heart. Great writing great read.
I am looking forward to reading more of this authors books in the future.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2012
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Loved this book. Love historical, time travel novels and this is one of the best I've read. Being full of twists keeps it from being too predictable. As soon as I finished I looked to see if the others in the trilogy are out. Sad to say, not yet, but looking forward to them when they come out. Great read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I could not put this book down. I would wake up in the middle of the night and start reading again. I am an ex EMT and the authors description of this part of the character was right on. Every part of the book was very believable.

Congratulations to Katherine Logan who has become my favorite author!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2012
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The Ruby Brooch brings us love in a difficult time--the wagon train days of the mid-nineteenth century--made more difficult for its heroine, Kit MacKlenna, because she's a time-traveler from the twenty-first century. The story is compelling, with tenderness and the raw violence and tragedy of the frontier coexisting in balance.

The characters are fully fleshed out. For example, Kit's Old West hero, Cullen is educated and erudite, so he don't talk in no consarned stair-e-a-typical cowboy drawl, but nonetheless finds it odd that Kit wants to bathe so often! The writing is straight-forward, with nifty flourishes like, "He had a life he was moving toward, and she had a life she was trying to find."

A good read, especially if you like time travel and romance.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 2014
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I hate to say it but this book was a huge disappointment. I bought this book according to the reviews, the appealing cover, and the back cover discription. But it is one of the most poorly written books I've read. And I read A LOT. The overall author's purpose is confusing, it lacks character development and realistic dialogue. I could not get invested in any of the characters nor could I follow the plot. It had twists and turns but not in a good way. It lacked idea development but on the same token it had too many random thoughts, details and events that caused further confusion. It felt scattered and I really struggled to finish the book. This genre is my favorite. I love historical fiction mixed with romance and time travel. Diana gaboldon and Susanna Kearsley are flawless with this genre. On the other hand, with this book I found myself involuntarily rolling my eyes while trying to read this content.
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43 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2012
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I wish that books were rated like movies. I, as another reviewer said, prefer the bedroom door closed. I feel that in this case "romance novel" was a euphemism for porn. The story was OK. but not in same class as Susanna Kearsley or Laura Vosika.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2014
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I wanted to like this book. I read the author bio, and she seems like a really cool person. But, wow, this book was bad. I read it in a day, so at least I didn't invest a lot of time. The author needed an editor, or a friend, with a more critical eye. Because the book had some eye-roll worthy plot devices. (None of what follows can be called a spoiler). A character appeared out of the blue on the wagon trail, as if it was common and easy to just pop in from another state. After WEEKS on the trail, well, hey, what do you know, the heroine's iphone is still working...only a little charge left though. In addition to her iphone, she also brought her ipod (really?) which has a solar charger...why she didn't bring a solar charger for her iphone? But at a later point in the story, we're told her cell phone is still in the present day...perhaps she has two? Even if you're willing to look past all that...they watched youtube for birthing videos...in the 1800s? Where is this signal coming from? I'm willing to overlook the lack of electricity, but exactly how were they picking up 4G or wifi? I can only suspend my disbelief so much.

None of the characters are well developed beyond romance stereotypes. There are plot points that come out of the blue, never to be mentioned again. One of the main characters blames himself for the disappearance of a woman that we, the readers, know pretty early on did not meet with her doom in the 1800s...his best friend finds out the woman made it to the 21st century alive and well, but as far as we know, he never tells the poor guy that he's found out the woman was safe.

The author's lack of research was a real problem. It was clear she doesn't know much about 1800s wagon trains. There were very few details or facts beyond what a moderately well educated person could come up with.

Unlike other reviewers, I didn't find it porn-y at all. I thought it was pretty mild, especially if you've read Outlander.

I gave this two stars, because I think the idea of the book was actually pretty good. But it needs serious re-writes
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2012
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This book was so good, it definitely needs more than just 2 reviews! I have to do my part to encourage the author to KEEP WRITING! When is the next one due out?

Kitherina MacKlenna has just lost her parents and close friend in a gruesome car wreck. Her family owns a thoroughbred horse farm in Kentucky, and while she is part of the horse business by default, she is also a first responder for her career. However, since she too was in the bloody wreck that killed her parents, naturally she's grieving and dealing with all the legalities that come with a death.

A letter from a bank in San Francisco arrives, which she doesn't read right away (oh, oh, I can't tell you when she reads it but it was bugging me for a while ... what about the letter from the bank???? I did like how that came back into play, it was perfect!)

.... and a letter from her father ("in case of my death" kind of letter) is unearthed from its safe keeping along with some heirlooms, including a ruby brooch, and some shocking family history information.

This brooch is mystical-magical, and what Kit learns in the letter from her father sends her on a journey by way of the brooch's magic, to the 1850s where she joins up with a covered wagon train going to Oregon.

LOTS happens on this journey - and the story is well told, with richly painted characters, and a big smattering of romance (though not gratuitously graphic, there is adult content). Lots happens that ties in with the ghost that has literally been haunting Kit all her life. The lots that happens is all the good stuff...and it's a good thing Kit was a trained first responder and traveled well prepared, but if I say more it would spoil it.

I am definitely looking forward to more from this author.
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2012
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I've been into this time travel genre lately and the idea behind the travel in this one was pretty cool... but there was just too many little weird things about it that bugged me.

First of all, what was up with the quotation marks? They were either put in the wrong spot or missing altogether. Weird.

Beyond that, the book just didn't interest me. Like I said, it was a great idea but the author failed to make it work. The 'romance' element felt forced and pretty much non-existent. The hero seemed bi-polar. The heroine too, actually. Several times, in the middle of romantic scenes, one got mad at the other over very minor things. And, like, really really mad. Not just annoyed, but walk-away-don't-speak-for-days mad... and then suddenly, they'd make up without much ado about it. The author was just trying too hard to create conflict, I think. The entire story sparked no emotions at all. I kept having to go back a couple pages when I'd start reading again because I would forget what was happening. Oh, right, more boring stuff! In fact, I just finished this about two days ago and I've already forgotten all the lead character's names. They had no personality, no depth. About halfway through, I started really speeding to get through it, thinking it'd get better. It didn't. And there are supposed to be two more books to the series?! No thanks.
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