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(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 3.5 -- Plot mixes the overly convenient with unique elements, and has a slight lack of focus. Plot points in sub-plots are dropped or not resolved. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. Some creative elements to this romance, but some of it felt a bit improbable as well, and not wholly resolved. Partially that comes from being the second book in what is apparently something of a family epic. There were quite a few references to events and characters from book 1 (which I have not read), and the ending rather awkwardly returns more to the previous story, rather than the current storylines, which are not well wrapped up. Rose and Levi's story ended rather suddenly and was slightly anticlimactic, and we get no answers at all for Wallace and Laura. Lots of travel and movement in place and time, which was just a tad challenging to follow.
Characters: 3.75 -- Main characters are relatable, realistic, interesting, and dynamic. Some minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. Relationships between characters are not especially well developed, but what is there is generally good. This book essentially has 5 main characters: not just Sassy/Rose and Levi, but also Charley, Wallace, and Laura. All 5 of these are interesting characters, and they all undergo some serious emotional journeys along with their physical trials and travels. There's some good depth for all of 5, even Charley, to a lesser extent -- he is just 4 after all. Other characters that come and go in the book are much simpler. I didn't necessarily understand all of the relationships, and some of the romantic relationships were a bit confusing, but there are clearly strong friendships and lots of protective love going around.
Mechanics and Writing: 2.75 -- Frequent typos, punctuation issues, and word errors. (>30/100 pgs) Some of the errors are mildly confusing. Generally solid use of POV. Average writing, with strong parts and parts that struggle. Errors include: compound word and/or homophone confusion, slightly confusing punctuation or formatting issues (such as a failure to set thoughts, prayers, and memories of other people's words apart with italics). Also, commas are important! There is often a big difference in meaning when a comma is missing. For example, "Duck ladies" and, "Duck, ladies" are not the same. There's a problem with inconsistent indents in this book, too, and sometimes an unneeded space before a comma or period. POV is probably mostly Rose and Levi, but there are plenty of sections of Laura, Charley, and Wallace, too, and a few from a Comanche perspective. There's a lot of what you might call country grammar, especially from Laura. I've not counted those as errors for the most part, though some (notably 'of' instead of 'have' in phrases like 'should have') really rubbed me wrong.
Redeeming Value: 4 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, though there is some shaky ground. No explicit sex scenes. Implied moral guidelines for behavior. Several characters dealt with finding and maintaining hope, and several came to faith in God in the midst of trying situations, so those are some solid themes. We also have the idea of finding the good in even the most horrible situations. While graphic and explicit mentions of sex are avoided, there are clear sexual elements involved, especially men taking advantage of women in various ways. And violence also comes into play, including a bit of blood and gore. Our heroes are on the side of the law as Texas Rangers, and although they contemplate murder a few times, they are careful to limit their violence to those who are endangering other people.
Personal Enjoyment: 3 -- I liked it. It was enjoyable and entertaining. I wouldn’t mind re-reading it someday, but it’s not a priority.
Sassy, was stolen away from her family when she was just sixteen years old. Her husband didn't want her returning to her parents place, eight miles away, but after words with him she goes off to help her mother. What she didn't now, this would be the last time she would see them.
Fast forward five years, and Sassy is now at the Commanche camp being traded for horses. She and her young son are sold, and she travels with three other women with the Texas Rangers back to home.
From here, I started fast forwarding and trying to figure out what was going on. There was talk about her five year old son being a "baby" which truly threw me off for parts of the story. And yet, her "baby" was old enough to shoot a gun and ride horses. Or she holds her "baby" close to her. Now when you say baby, you typically think that the baby is truly independent on their mom for all their needs. This baby, was not. Very odd.
As I mentioned, the writing was just all over the place. I'm trying to understand what happened to Charles, Sassy's husband. I never did find out what happened to Sassy's mother, and there were all sorts of nicknames thrown about here and there. All in all, this was one of the most frustrating and confusing stories I have ever read. From looking at who the publisher is (Amazon Digital Services), I believe the author would have done better had she hired a professional editor to edit the book before posting it on Amazon for purchase.
Sassy (Rose) is stolen by Indians, for five years she is forced to be a third wife of a warrior. Her American son is born while she is captive. He is raised as and Indian, but Rose tries to raise him as her son, an American.
Finally Texas Rangers, Levy Baylor and Wallace Rusk show up to trade items for the white women. Levy ends up trading his horse, gun and other items for Rose and her son Charley. Levy recognized Rose as his sister's best friend who he knew came up missing five years ago.
Levy and Rose can't hide their attraction to each other and quickly fall in love, but there is a problem. Rose is still married to Charley's dad.
The story shows their struggles with their feelings, their trip back home, then another trip to Missouri to confront Rose's husband so she can become free to marry Levy.
Along the way, Wallace and Levy find God and learn to rely on faith more than guns.
A touching story from page one. Though there a few flaws in the book, they were easily overlooked. Ready to read the next one!