- File Size: 1799 KB
- Print Length: 507 pages
- Publisher: Susan Horsnell; 1 edition (October 3, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 3, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LWRVOP9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jessica Smith and Ethan Beveridge by Margaret Tanner – I was intrigued by Jessica and Ethan’s interaction during the bank robbery and chose to follow this path second. I enjoyed this story. It is full of adventure and misconceptions.
Jacqueline Hamilton and Billy Williams by RaeAnne Hadley – Jacqueline is on the run from an abusive ex-fiance and is kidnapped by Billy. Can she convince him to set her free?
Mr. Joseph Wade by Allison Merritt - I really liked Lucy and Wade. Wade is out for revenge and it leads him to a life of crime. Lucy sees the good in Wade and tries hard to convince him to lead a respectable life.
The Bank Robbers by Susan Horsnell - I loved this author's story of what led the bank robbers to commit the crime. I thought it was very creative and unexpected. I would love to read more books by Susan Horsnell.
It is 1895 and one bank robbery in the town of Beltane will affect all those present and involved. In a rather unique twist on an anthology, readers have the option to pursue one pathway (or all five). Which will you follow? Will it be:
Hannah and Roan by D'Ann Lindun
Jessica and Ethan's story by Margaret Tanner
Mr. Joseph Wade by Allison Merritt
Jacqueline Hamilton and Billy Williams by RaeAnne Hadley
The Bank Robbers story by Susan Horsnell
When I read the description, I was reminded of the Choose Your Own Adventure books I read as a child and was intrigued by the idea of choosing which path/character to follow, as opposed to choosing different endings for the same character. I let the nostalgia of my childhood and my adult penchant for romance talk me into this.
I decided to start with Susan Horsnell’s tale focusing on the bank robbers. Here’s where my pet-peeves-as-a-reviewer came into play. There were typos from the jump; inconsistent capitalization (‘Bank’ not being capitalized in the name First National Bank), random switching between past and present tense, etc. That sort of thing aggravates me to no end! Authors, you have an interesting, unique thing going here, so why tarnish it with poor editing? Please get an editor, or give it another read-through of your own and polish it up! I decided to shelve Ms. Horsnell’s tale and try one of the others.
I chose Jacqueline (often referred to as Jacque) and Billy for my next path. Their story had fewer typos, though at times the sentence structure and phrasing was a little confusing. While I didn’t feel particularly invested in either of them, their story was sweet. It’s easy to tell who is the good guy and who is the bad guy and sometimes that kind of simplicity is perfect—especially in a Western, where a hard life and harder choices can make those lines a little blurry.
Hannah and Roan’s story was an unexpected gem and the tale I enjoyed the most. I could admire Hannah for her strength, willingness to go after what she wanted in spite of the danger, and her determination to fight alongside her man. Roan was big enough to accept that in her and balance his need to protect her with respect for her strength of character. Together, they set out to right a wrong and it was nice to see them pursue a clear purpose. The dialogue flowed naturally and the descriptions are picturesque. This story also had a much more polished feel, which I appreciated greatly.
I don’t really know how I feel about the way “Five Roads From Beltane” was carried out as a whole. The idea that the bank robbers “carry through each story and can vary from one story to the next” didn’t really sit right with me. Being told that they could be criminals in one place and outright murderers in another story seemed a little…lazy. Yes, five different authors with five different minds and writing styles collaborated on this, which I think is great, but I personally feel like keeping the same personalities from story to story would have truly elevated “Five Roads From Beltane” to a master-level endeavor. As it stands, the idea was great in theory but somewhat less so in execution.
Bottom line: An interesting concept that’s pulled off moderately well. I didn’t really love it or find anything particularly compelling about a few of the stories, but it wasn’t awful, either. If you enjoy Westerns and Choose Your Own Adventure stories, “Five Roads From Beltane” is worth a look.
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Good story lines that give insight and dimension that I haven't seen before and I would like to read more stories like this.