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The Last Letter (The Letter Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 15, 2011
In Twenty Years: A Novel
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It reads like a fact based account of the terrible price that pioneers paid to settle the land in the west. I was drawn in by the authors great descriptions of life on the prairie, dugouts and the weather. The book was well written overall.
I was however a little disappointed with the ending, because it seemed to skip over everything I wanted to know. It left me hanging with more unanswered questions than answered ones, which is why I gave it a three star rating rather than a four.
I was also a little put off by the fact that every conceivable ill that could befall someone on the prairie did happen to the main character. It seemed like all she did was suffer and that was it, she never had an ounce of happiness in the book. In fact, if I knew someone like her, I'd avoid them whenever possible. We kept being reminded that she'd kill for her children, then she sort of gives them away, it really made no sense to me. For a character who was so well written that I BELIEVED she was a strong willed, independent woman who was willing to take on the prairie to start her life over again, I was sorely disappointed with how the author ended her story. It was almost as if the author was tired of writing and ended the book just to have it over with, rather than giving the cast of characters any real closure.
Great book, terrible ending. Definitely worth the read if you are a historical fiction fan or historical weather buff.
Kathleen Shoop has a way of drawing you into the story. I wasn't just reading the story, I was living it alongside Jeanie. I felt every betrayal and horror that she felt. Ms. Shoop gave such vivid descriptions that you couldn't help but feel you were seeing it all pass like watching a movie, and I really did see the movie in my mind as I read. Once started, I could not put the book down until I finished it.
I connected with this story more than I care to admit. I give very few ratings of 5, but this one earned it because there wasn't anything about this book that I didn't like. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was unbelievable to imagine a world where so many things could go wrong! I enjoyed this book thoroughly.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
At times hard to follow the characters and a little slow, overall a good read based on the ravages of pioneer life.Published 2 months ago by ian Relaxbyread
One of the few authors writing in the genre of American historical fiction who took the time to do her research. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Constance V. Demartin
Loved the story having been to Ireland this past summer, I thought the story was very well written!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Story was very believable although it sounded like impossible position to be in. Very detailed on how the human body can survive. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dee Lands
I finished it only because I wanted to see how it ended. The ending was a disappointment. I will not read any of the other books in the series.Published 6 months ago by Dianne M Halloran
Using the descriptive words above says it all. This was a great read -- if I read books more than once (which I don't) -- I would read this one again!Published 7 months ago by J A Waybright