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Love's Rescue (Sierra Chronicles #1) Paperback – June 4, 2009
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About the Author
Tammy Barley's roots run deep and wide across the United States. With Cherokee heritage and such ancestors as James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau, she essentially inherited her literary vocation and her preferred setting: the Wild West. An avid equestrian, Tammy has ridden horseback over western mountains and rugged trails in Arizona.
Tammy excelled in her writing studies at a local college, where she explored prose, novel writing, and nonverbal communication. She even enrolled in acting classes to master character development. In 2006, she published two series of devotionals in Beautiful Feet: Meditations for Missionary Women for the Lutheran Women's Missionary Society. She won second place in the Golden Rose Contest in the category of inspiration romance, and she serves as a judge for various fiction contests, including the Christy Awards.
In addition to writing, Tammy makes a career of editing manuscripts, ghostwriting, and mentoring other writers. She also homeschools her three children. Tammy has lived in twenty–eight towns in eight different states, but the family currently makes their home in Wonder Lake, Illinois.
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I had never read a Tammy Barley book previously, but I admit, once again I am hooked by a wonderful talented author of this genre. Where this series is set during the Civil War ... it is definitely different. The storyline is definitely affected by it, as Jessica is from the South and although they have moved to the West ... her Southern accent sets many people against her and her family. Although her family does not believe in slavery, her brother, Ambrose decides he needs to go an fight for their home they left behind in Kentucky. This almost destroys Jessica as Ambrose in so many ways is her rock ... her big brother whom she adores and his leaving causes so much hurt in her family that her father disowns him. Tragedy hits this family, and Jake a friend of her father's who owns a cattle ranch is in the right place at the right time.
There are so many ups and downs ... but they seem very realistic throughout this book. The author has made Jessica a very strong-willed young woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. Jake is a man who is used to taking care of the people he cares about ... and where he definitely admires the strength he sees in Jessica this causes friction throughout their lives.
The book also has many, many other wonderful people throughout it .. that are such important parts of the books that they just would not be as strong without each of these characters and you will grow to love (most) of them.
I truly found it a delight and have to admit I was pleased that I hadn't read them at a time that I had to wait for the next one to be published ... as they seemed all the richer just to be able to read them straight through. The negative was that it was hard to put them down.
I am so looking forward to more books, in the (near, I hope) future.
Jake and Jessica meet when a group of Yankee supporters are harassing her for trying to send a telegram to find the whereabouts of her brother in the Confederate Army. It's been months since she's heard from him, and she knows something is wrong. Jake rescues her, but a little later her house is burned, and her father, mother, baby sister, and friend dies in the fire. Jessica is so wrought with grief, Jake takes her to his ranch to recover and keep her safe from those who would seek to harm her. He knows, however, trouble may follow.
I liked Jake a lot, but Jessica wasn't as appealing at first. She did grow on me, however. Although I enjoyed this novel, I didn't find it to be a page-turner. It took me longer to read than most, because I could easily set it down. Also, the ending did have a good conclusion and resolution, but it was not as detailed as I would have liked. Perhaps this was due to the fact there's a sequel. Therefore, I was torn how to rate it. At first, I rated it 4.5 and rounded up to the five, because it really has many positives. In the end, however, I felt it more a 4.25, so I gave it a four.
Jessica Hale is a young lady who helps her father and his business partner in their import business. When she tries to find out what happened to her brother, she starts a firestorm that necessitates her rescue by Jake Bennett and being taken to his ranch far out in the wilds of Nevada.
In this book are unlikely friendships, gunfights, daring rescues, a mustang round up, secrets, and surprises--something will appeal to almost any reader. It is hard to put this book down and easy to read. It is enchanting, compelling, and engaging. In other words, I loved the book! Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a mustang to saddle-break.
There are so many ups and downs. The author has made Jessica a very strong-willed young woman who knows what she wants and how to get it. Jake is a man who is used to taking care of the people he cares about and where he definitely admires the strength he sees in Jessica this causes friction throughout their lives.
The book also has many characters that you can easily like and shows how love, compassion, and kindness can help anyone survive even the worst of situations.