- File Size: 527 KB
- Print Length: 118 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Serenade Books (April 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ECMDMOC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Bluebonnet Bride: inspirational western romance (Lone Star Brides Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Bluebonnet Bride is the first in a series of inspirational romances- The Lone Star Brides. Author Pamela Tracy does a good job introducing this series with Amy and Daniel's story.
The characters are interesting and likable, and the story- though at times predictable- was a good one with gentle romance.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for review. All opinions are my own, and I received no other compensation.
I very much enjoyed the developing relationship between Amy and Daniel, partly because the writing was so good. Lines like this brought a smile to my face:
She'd been there, done that, and sold his belt buckle on eBay.
Funny. I like funny. And I liked The Bluebonnet Bride. The writing was excellent, the characters were fun, and there were a lot of quirky secondary characters which added depth without overwhelming the story. This can be a difficult path for authors of short novels, and Pamela Tracy trod the line well.
The two faults I found with The Bluebonnet Bride was the treatment of Christianity, and the length. My issue with the faith element was that people kept making a big deal of the fact Amy didn't go to church and everyone else did, including Daniel. I assumed this meant everyone except Amy was a Christian, so the romance couldn't get started until she'd also become a Christian (because that's normal in Christian fiction—unequally yoked and all that).
Yet I realised after finishing that none of the characters actually talked about God, only about going to church. And Amy certainly didn't have any revelation about God that would change her views on faith. It made the novel seem a little empty. On this basis, I'd categorise The Bluebonnet Bride as a 'clean read' rather than a Christian romance.
The length wasn't necessarily a problem: I knew it was going to be a short novel. It was more that the story finished abruptly at the 85% mark on my Kindle (right when I was expecting Amy's conversion scene), and the rest of the book is filled with excerpts from other books from the publisher—which was odd, because I don't recall this issue with The Butterfly Bride.
Thanks to Serenade Books for providing a free ebook for review.
Everyone is looking for a happily ever after and it doesn't always include falling in love. Take Amy Benjamin for example. She grew up with a rocky childhood and never really knew what it was like to have a home full of love. She left her mother as quickly as she was able, but always longed for a home with both love and acceptance. Her arrival in Pecan, Texas wasn't by chance per say, but rather her stepping out and taking a chance. Aunt Abigail was all that she hoped she would be, but unfortunately they only had a little over a year when Abigail died from pancreatic cancer. She had left her estate to Amy, but Amy would gladly give it all up just to have her aunt back with her.
Part of that inheritance was Shop Craft Away a Day which is just what it sounds like, a craft store. She is trying to make the shop succeed and with the friends she has developed so far so good. When Shirley Starr fell and was injured Amy did what any good friend would do and notified her family which just happened to be Daniel Starr, Shirley's grandson.
Daniel had grown up at the Pecan Place with his twin, Dusty, and younger brother, Luke, after the death of their parents. Shirley was everything to the boys, so when the young woman called Daniel headed home.
This is a sweet story about a young woman looking for both love and acceptance and a young man tying to find where he actually belongs. This is story is interlaced with humor, forgiveness and of course romance. I loved the characters and the storyline. If you love a clean, sweet story then this one would be perfect and I would recommend it.
*I received this book from the Publisher for a honest opinion without bias or outside influence. All my opinions are my own.
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