- Series: The Homeward Trilogy (Book 1)
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: David C. Cook (June 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434767086
- ISBN-13: 978-1434767080
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Breathe: A Novel of Colorado (The Homeward Trilogy) Paperback – June 1, 2009
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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.
The characters are good. I especially liked Reid the sheriff. His internal dialog makes sense in a twisted, narcissistic way.
The romance was very clean. This is a book you can let your daughter read.
So I guess it is a pretty good book!
When I was offered the opportunity to read a "Christian" book, I must admit that I was simply okay with it - not thrilled, but not dreading it either. I simply was under the misconception that Christian books might be stereotypical, preachy and perhaps a tad bit boring. Wow, was I ever mistaken. "Breathe" by Lisa T. Bergren is simply a great novel - Christian Reading or otherwise.
Bergren brings life and depth to each of her characters. The three lead characters, Odessa, Dominic and Moria who are all siblings, each could be someone we know, but they have many qualities that make them even more fascinating. I found myself totally relating to Dominic and understood his struggle each time he tried to reign in his temper, his desire to release his tension by street fighting, and even felt the satisfying burn each time he threw down a shot of whiskey. There was no condemnation, just sheer understanding.
Bergren also brings Odessa's struggle with consumption to life in ways we can comprehend. You don't feel sorry for Odessa, you just keep pushing on with her, always encouraged with each step toward progress. Dialogue is always smooth and smart, and you learn so much about her inner strength and fascinating character.
And Moira, dear Moira, cannot every woman relate to her in some way?. You find yourself cheering her on but also cringing in concern and even fear that she may be out of her league with some of these "wild west" settlers.
Bottom line, it's a page-turner! I couldn't put it down. The underlying mystery keeps you on edge. You are compelled to find out who is behind everything and who else will die. All the while you enjoy the strengths of the lead characters as they come to life in such true form. Best of all, it looks like there will be two sequels. I look forward to reading them as soon as they are released!
Note: I was ready to forgive the author for what I assumed was a stereotypical "surprise" that Bryce was painting for a picture. I am relieved to say I was wrong. It just made his character even better than the wonderful person I fell in love with.
4 1/2 stars!
This volume's focus is on Odessa who has come to the Sanitorium in Colorado Springs to recover from Tuberculosis. There she meets another patient who owns a Silver Mine in the area. One night she hear's a commotion in the neighbors room as he is attacked and vainly she tries to reach him. She finds herself in danger as the villains seek to silence anyone who can stop their plans to take over the mine.
There are subplots with Dominic and Moira as they adjust to their new surroundings. Moira's is the most interesting as she loves to sing but life on the stage is just not proper for a Woman of her social standing. This conflict gets her into much trouble and will be the basis I bet for the second volume 'Sing'.
I enjoyed the story quite a bit. I found the settings to be pretty authentic and as I'm doing a Colorado in the 1860's RPG online called "Cripple Creek" right now authenticity means a lot.
The book is free of vulgarities and has a certain charm like the novels of the time period its set in. Its Christian mores and message is not preachey and even non Christians will enjoy the story. While the author is no Louis Lamour nor Zane Grey I think I will eagerly await volumes 2 and 3.