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The Convict and the Cattleman
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I really like Ms. Merritt's writing and truly enjoyed this story which takes place in 1840 Australia. The characters of Jonah and Bridgit and their relationship were both well-developed and engaging. Bridgit especially tugged at my heart with her life's story and struggles and I instantly empathized and felt for her. Jonah was a bit gruff and definitely hard-headed, but was ultimately a good man with a big heart and a huge capacity for love. At 178 pages and 3308 locations on the kindle version, its not real long but neither was it too short. The story moved along at a fast pace and never became bogged down or boring. There's even bits of suspense and mystery thrown in, which I always appreciate. My only complaint would be with Jonah and his reaction to a situation near the end which made me want to smack him. Other than that it was highly entertaining and even included an endearing little epilogue. I didn't quite love it as much as "The Wrong Brother's Bride" which I adored, but I'd still recommend them both and look forward to more by this author =)
For a story with a HEA,a bit of romance, of course, you have deceit, lies, secrets and a bit of danger, you will find you will enjoy "The Convict and the Cattleman". Bridgit and Jonah have a rough start, then, when it sames things are going to work out, they have a bit of danger. But love can survive trials and troubles. A sweet romance with a HEA!
The characters are engaging, and the storyline was intriguing. A female convict sentenced to servitude and a cattleman looking for a servant. Oh and an orphaned baby! Love is on the way! An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
I enjoyed the characters. Bridgit is not your typical convict. You would expect a wild, bad mannered or dangerous woman to be a convict. Bridgit is very much the opposite. Jonah is a typical masculine, hard headed male. He is very resistant to the idea of falling for Bridgit, especially since she is a convict. I found his stubbornness tiring at times. Just give in already, everyone knows you are falling for her! It seems that many of the characters feel that they will get together, even though they don't come right out and say it.
There were a couple of characters I didn't like, but they were written to be disliked. You will know who I mean when you read the book. One of the biggest misunderstandings occur because of evil scheming. It made me so mad! Another misunderstanding was over Olivia's father. I felt from the start that Jonah was handling it all wrong. It was one of the good subplots that kept me interested in the story.
I would say that anyone that likes a historical romance will enjoy this book. It is easy to read, has all the things that makes this type of book enjoyable, and is different enough that you don't feel like you have already read it. The characters are all interesting and will keep you engaged with the story.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the ebook for review purposes. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. I was not required to write a positive review.
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews.
I enjoy historical romance occasionally so looked forward to this. Set in New South Wales in the 1800's it sounded interesting. I love to read about how early settlers in these continents managed their everyday lives. Bridgit is typical, transported for attempting to steal to feed her starving siblings, and working in one of the Factories where convicts were employed. Employers can take workers from here for use in their own businesses. Jonah needs a nursemaid for his newborn niece,as his sister died at her birth. He takes on Bridgit for a month while he looks for a mature woman, he doesn't want a young, attractive lady upsetting his male crew.
Of course once cleaned up and living with him he quickly comes to appreciate Bridgit himself...and that doesn't go down well with someone who has marked him foe her own! I do enjoy a bit of jealousy:) Its not just a straightforward romance though as Bridgit gets thrown into danger, and as a convict she is suspected of theft when some jewels go missing at a busy party.
Though the romance was sweet in this book, and led to a HEA, by way of some dangers for Bridgit its just wasn't deep enough for me. I found it a bit too "happy", everything flowed too smoothly, even the danger didn't really feel a threat. I need more emotion to get into a romance, and this just felt too smooth and slick ...I need some sad, some drama , some anguish and it wasn't here.
If you like a straightforward HEA romance with a bit of action you'll love this, sadly its not what I'm looking for . I can't find it on kindle but paperback prices are £5.61/$8.54 for 180 pages.
Stars: three, its an OK romance but I need a bit more.
ARC supplied via Lyrical Press
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