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Cross The Line Paperback – July 22, 2011
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Rie McGaha is a multi-published author, editor, and publisher. You can contact her through her website www.mariemcgaha.com or through Dancing With Bear Publishing www.dancingwithbearpublishing.com
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I wish we could have read more about Noah and Carrie budding romance. We don't really read about the things that make then fall in love. We don't read about the long conversations they had or the little things that made them fall for each other. There was little description about this and I think the story would have benefited from them having more dialogue in the beginning and doing things together.
Carrie has to be one of the best heroine's I ever read about. She was strong and determined and never let anything prevent her from living. I loved how she loved Noah and never gave up on him. They literally spend years apart and she never gives up that he would come back to her. She doesn't allow circumstance or life to rule. When she meets Noah she falls in love with him despite their difference in race and then takes care of him as a women in love.
For a women who lived in utter seclusion she had a lot of guts especially with the fighting going on around her. She had her gun and she knew how to use it. She had take care of almost everything by herself including the animals and the food she grew for cooking. Sometimes in books the author makes the woman into super woman and she can do everything and anything and it makes it unbelievable. This is not the case with Carrie. I think by the time she hit 19 she had been through so much and seen so much that she knew only to survive. She learned how to survive and that was evident in the things she did. When she realized that Noah was not going to come back in time she prepared herself . The most amazing thing she did was have her child by herself. She took it into her hand to prepare for that and read over and over again about the birthing process. I'm not saying with everything she didn't have doubts or didn't struggle because she did but she overcame them all.
I also really enjoyed Noah. I think sometimes his choice were limited and he could only do so much to prevent the turns his life took. He also really loved Carrie and you could tell by all the things he did in order to make them have a better life.
As I said before, the only thing this book needed was more time between Carrie and Noah and them both interacting with their children. I would have really enjoyed reading that.
When the book opens Carrie Anne Robertson is burying her father. After soldiers ravage their home in Charleston, South Carolina, and kill her mother and one of her sisters, Carrie's father moves his remaining two children to Indian Territory close to Arkansas. There he builds a small cabin far from any other people, and he begins to rebuild his life. But first his youngest daughter dies from the flu, and then a few years after building the cabin he also succumbs to the harsh conditions and passes away. Leaving Carrie to live alone.
Carrie tries to reconcile herself to her new life when one day she hears noises outside the cabin and warily explores its source. She finds Noah Mosely bracing himself with the trunk of a tree. He is badly hurt, and despite her initial distrust of him she helps him heal and nurses his injured leg. And without realizing it, the two fall in love.
If Carrie spent her early life among Southern high society, Noah grew up as a slave and considered the lowest common denominator by mankind. But determined to prove the equation of his life adds up to so much more than just the color of his skin, Noah manages to escape and finds refuge with the Osage Indians. And his fate brings him to Carrie.
Author McGaha's novel details Carrie and Noah's story, beginning with their initial meeting and taking the tale several generations forward. McGaha's technique of favoring narration over dialogue helps the story move fast. Readers will live through the majority of the trials and triumphs Carrie and Noah experience in their life together. While at times so much narration may leave readers wanting more interaction in the foreground between characters, McGaha's pleasant style keeps readers entertained and clicking through pages until the end. The story structure lends itself to a somewhat predictable end, but McGaha keeps surprising her readers along the way to the foregone conclusion.
I recommend Cross the Line foremost for those who enjoy historical romances but also for anyone who enjoys a sweet story with a guaranteed ending and an enjoyable literary journey.