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- Print Length: 301 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1680583190
- Publication Date: October 27, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016DTBX0M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First of all a reassurance to all potential _male_ readers: I'm male. And an old fan of western books, western movies, and western comics. And yes, I did enjoy Haven's Flame. Very very much so. Also: who says a guy like me can't be part of the target audience for this book? (Seriously, who makes these rules??)
It _is_ a romance novel with a western setting. But I approached as I would approach any form of western storytelling by asking: Is it true to the genre? Is the attention to historical details there? Does it create a believable world? Do I want to spend time in the company of these characters? Did it make me want to finish the book in (preferably) one sitting? Did I get the level of escapism I was promised?
A triumphant yes to all of these! The late 19th century East Texan town of Cricket Bend is a delight of a place, a character all onto itself!
Other concerns: This being Marie Piper's debut novel; does she deliver? Boy does she ever! And quite a remarkable debut it is. When picking up this book you are in safe hands, the signs of an up-and-starting novelist is difficult to spot - this is competent stuff!
Can she also write in a gender balanced way? Which brings us to one of the most interesting and intriguing aspects of the novel: the POW literally keeps switching back and forth between female protagonist Haven and her fiancée, the ever dependable deputy Matt. And fear not; this literary device is handled masterfully and flows along - like Citizen Kane - where only we, the readers, get the complete picture of _why_ characters feel they have to treat each other the way they do. Ms.Read more ›
Yes, it's the typical small town with one saloon, a tiny jail, and the usual crowd of uppity biddies, but Cricket Bend is refreshingly fleshed out with the farmhouses and prairie scenes Piper includes. The rich parlor filled with the backstabbing society women and their Ladies Meeting was vividly painted. A scene that kept a smile on my face. From the Anderson's home to the remote pond, all of Piper's locations felt authentic and set a comfortable, homey place for her reader to fall in love with.
Her characters were equally enjoyable. Haven, Matthew, Hank, Braxton, and Callie are complex and unpredictable in their actions rather than the flat stereotypes they easily could have been. Even relatively minor characters like Jasper and Bill were relatable enough to make me want far more of their story than what could be included in this fast-paced, delightful read.
Piper threw a few curve-balls, enough to keep a reader turning pages, and stuck to sweet and sassy romance even when she could have shocked with unnecessary brutality or over-the-top sex. External action was well-peppered through our look into the internal struggles of Haven and Matthew.
Overall I'm impressed with Piper's first novel. I'm only sad I read it so early that I now have a long wait before the next installment!
I would definitely recommend this book for people who love historical, and even those looking to break into the genre. Marie will have you turning the pages and dreaming of saloons before you know it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Set in Texas in 1886, this is the story of Matthew Frank, deputy Sheriff, and his childhood sweetheart, Haven Anderson, assistant to the town doctor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Regan
I am not a fan of Westerns, generally, but I absolutely loved this one.
Marie loves this time period and westerns, and that comes through, and even makes me like it too. Read more
What a great adventure! Murder and mystery and burning desire - What more could you ask for? Kept me intrigued throughout, and I just want to keep reading more and find out what... Read morePublished 4 months ago by BlueShoes
This is a good book, of great length (not one you can read in an hour), has been edited, great storyline with real characters you can associate with. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julianne54
This being one of the first written by this author, I give her kudos. At first, it was slow moving in the "he loves me/he loves me not" mode. That can wear on a reader. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dorothy
This is an engaging read, even if you aren’t a die-hard historical, western romance fan.
The setting is authentic and vividly described; you can taste the dust, smell the... Read more