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Cherish Mass Market Paperback – November 25, 2008
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In any other book Race's mangled English would have driven me crazy, but Anderson does such a fine job of portraying Race's very practical common sense and understanding that it wasn't a distraction. In fact, I could appreciate the humor in Race and Rebecca's frequent misunderstandings. Rebecca's emotional fragility and irrational fears could be frustrating, but they are so realistic that they ring true. This is an unusual story, but one that most readers will really enjoy.
Ms Anderson used very graphic language to describe the carnage associated with the death of everyone on the wagon train. She allowed her heroine to witness not just the deaths of all her family, friends, and neighbors but to also witness the brutal rape of the women, including her mother. This accounting actually made me queasy just reading it. After Race had managed to pull off an incredible miracle in rescuing Rebecca, Ms Anderson then had the bad guys find her again and try to rape and kidnap her. It was just one awful situation after another. The descriptions seemed to go on forever, in the most graphic detail possible. It weighed me down with a huge feeling of gloom and doom. And then to have Rebecca not only consent to have sex with Race, but to enjoy it - well, that was just too much for me to understand. It had only been a month since she had witnessed the rape and murder of each and every woman on that wagon train!! Totally unbelievable.
Also, I understand that Race was an uneducated man. I understand that he did not feel that Rebecca could ever love him because she was so much "above" him but, goodness gracious, I got tired of the ungrammatical manner of his speech. Yes, it reflected his upbringing but it certainly did get hard to read after the first 100 pages. Perhaps if I had been enjoying the story I could have been more charitable but I was not liking any of it.Read more ›
A lot of this story centers around the differences between these two main characters, how they learn to relate to each other and how they help each other to grow and change. Race can't read or write, Rebecca is well schooled, he is strong and basically fearless and Rebecca is afraid of just about everything and as Race begins to fall in love with her, it becomes his job to help her overcome her intense fears even though danger is all around them. It was interesting to watch the two try and understand how the other thinks and to learn the necessity of compromise if they have any hope of a life together.
Poor Rebecca goes through so much, you're exhausted for her by the end, but Race is a strong, handsome and patient hero willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for love.Read more ›
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Loved this book! It's heavy though with graphic images kind of unsettling. It paints a vivid picture of how wrong life can go in the Wild West. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary the Fairy
This is very worth reading if you're looking for a great western love story. The story line always has something happening which keeps your interest till the last page. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cricket
I couldn't finish this book. First of all, the hero, Race, and his ranch hands, talked like crackers the whole way through. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. A. Scott
As I was reading this I kept telling myself this book was a 2 star, BUT, I kept reading the book because the story line was intriguing and I really liked the hero, Race. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Carolyn