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The Lady Who Loved Bones Paperback – January 7, 2017
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About the Author
Jack Hazen is an amateur paleontologist and gynecologist. He spends his time near Pittsburgh rooting for the Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins or Austin rooting for cowgirls but not Cowboys. He served in the 173d Airborne Brigade in Vietnam and later the war between the sexes. Jack graduated from a Catholic university where his greatest achievements were an “A” in Philosophy of Communism and a “F” in a New Testament course taught by a priest. He was employed as an executive with a Fortune 500 company for many years. An ordained minister, he is fascinated by the conflict promulgated by Young Earth Creationists between religion and science. Favorite Kent (Dr. Dino) Hovind quotation: “I believe that dinosaurs are not only in the Bible, but they have lived with man all through his six thousand year history.” (Kent Hovind PhD dissertation.) Jack’s partner in mischief is a big tomcat named Boob.
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This book isn’t dirty, per se, but I would recommend it for an adult audience for its risqué parts, although Hannah and Hex don’t actually get busy. While Hazen makes sure to paint the era how it was, with sexism, racial injustice, and definitely not politically correct, his dialogue doesn’t always seem authentic to the times. It isn’t a big deal, though, as the story is great enough that I can overlook that.
This book is great for people who like a quick read full of adventure, the wild west, paleontology, and/or funny stories with a strong lead woman who knows how to keep men in their place. I’m hoping the open ending is a setup for a sequel! Definitely read this book!!
The story pace is steady and mostly interesting. The long conversations although filled with amusing tales were just too many to me. I felt like it started distract from the story line. I think the searching for fossils in the Wild West is truly original and didn't need the excessively lengthy conversations. I also didn't feel like the telling of the whole recap again was necessary. Overall, good read for anyone who likes western historical fiction filed with action and adventure. Just a warning some of the language used may be considered to be coarse or insensitive.
The handling of Native Americans is, unfortunate, but it does stick with the tropes of a western and the infamous battles between settlers and the local tribes in the 1800’s. While it can be difficult to read, the author has clearly done their research and does their best to keep it as historically accurate as possible (recognizing that history can be offensive.) Bearing all that in mind, the story reads as a classic western would. Fans of the genre will enjoy the familiar tropes and writing style that they love in both the western genre and romance genre.
The dialogue between the characters is well written and reads with a classic western twang that gives character to what is being said. There is immediate chemistry between the characters, which is essential for building a romance plot, but it does require a bit of the suspension of logic; given the circumstances the characters are introduced under, some of their behaviors aren’t fitting with reality (I.e.: a woman would be far more upset, defensive, and less likely to tease about sex with a strange man.)
The culture and history of the time and location were well researched. Montana gold rush, the recent discovery of dinosaur bones and the development of a new science, Wild Bill, etc. the author adds in these details seamlessly so that it fits with the narrative and builds the setting, dynamic, and scene without reading like an information dump or history book.
It is well written and fans of westerns and romance both will enjoy it.