- File Size: 3643 KB
- Print Length: 376 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 19, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BTM9FG7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Love's Silver Lining (Silver Lining Ranch Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Julie pulls off her first double romance in this installment, pairing Maggie Mullaney with Brendan "Blaze" Donovan for a sparks-filled love story, and reuniting readers with Liberty and Finn from the For Love or Liberty novella. Julie crafts an engaging plotline filled with breath-stealing pain and plenty of dark moments, but also her trademark love, hope, and sizzling passion. Love's Silver Lining carries all the thrill and adrenaline of a secular romance, but with deep underpinnings of faith and respect. These characters are so hot for each other you half expect your e-reader to melt, but you also know they will not settle for shallow relationships based on the physical. In fact, there are at least two tender faith-based scenes filled with Julie's trademark honest spirituality, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The cast of the Silver Lining Ranch feels as much like family as the O'Connors, McClares, or O'Bryans. Each character gets exactly the amount of page time they need, and even the secondary and minor characters are so well drawn that I can't wait to see more of them in other books (Sheridan and Jake, hello)! In addition, I appreciated some of the unique character backstories and trajectories, Rachel Dixon's in particular.
Julie's combined Irish/Western flavor gives the Silver Lining inaugural novel a unique spice not found in her other books (although the others are great, just with different "flavoring.") Julie's adoration for all things Old West comes through on every page. Virginia City feels real and three-dimensional, well-researched without being drier than bleached bones in a desert.
There were a couple of things I didn't like too much. Fair warning, this comes from a twenty-first century reader, so you may feel differently.
(Spoilers in next section).
The way Finn and Libby treat each other sometimes got on my nerves, especially the way Finn was allowed to manhandle and bully Libby because she was technically still his wife. Correct for the time period? Unfortunately yes, but very difficult to watch at times. There is even a scene where Finn basically threatens Libby with marital rape if she doesn't toe his line. Married or married and annulled or not, 1890s or 2010s, "no" means "no." I also didn't appreciate Aiden and Maeve O'Shea going along with this because they felt Libby needed to follow God's will and be taken down a peg. Did she have lessons to learn? Oh, yes. She could be downright annoying at times. But to hear everyone else tell it, Liberty had no faith in or respect for God at all, which I know from the novella is not true. Julie did a good job of showing the pitfalls of these attitudes through Blaze and Maggie, but I could've done with a little less yelling, fighting, riding roughshod, and again, not respecting the word "no."
Overall, Julie Lessman pens another hot one, with all the combined gold and grit of the Old West, and a boatload of the pure passion I love. I can't wait for Love's Silver Bullet (a whole year??? Ugh - Julie, hurry, please)!
Maggie is the daughter of Libby's best friend. She has traveled with Libby. While applying for a job at the local hospital a cowboy dressed only in a bedsheet catches her attention. He is determined to escape the hospital no matter what his state of undress is. Fuming that Maggie won't help him find his clothing he takes off anyway. Blaze Donovan is known for his ways with the ladies. Maggie is determined not be be one of his conquests. What happens when she falls for this man that has become her best friend?
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa! If you think sparks were flying between characters in Julie Lessman's Daughters of Boston novels, then you have GOT to get a load of her new Silver Lining Ranch novel! Between the sparks that fly between Libby and Finn(and there are plenty folks!), and Blaze and Maggie's attempt to "just be friends" this readers heart was constantly in a flutter!
One of the things that I enjoy most about Julie's books is that there is always a lesson on redemption. No matter how far a character strays, there is always that point where they realize their need to repent and turn. I loved the lessons that the characters learned in Love's Silver Lining. Forgiveness, repentance, faith, trust. All of those and so much more.
The characters were endearing, from the head nun at the hospital(a jolly soul!), to Blaze's younger sisters Sheridan and Shaley. Shaley's antics crack me up and I love her exuberance in explatives, "Holy frog spit!" being one!
In true Julie Lessman style Liberty was quite the handful. A suffragist who has been hurt by men in the past, she is determined to never be ruled by any man, including the one she married. Headstrong and stubborn she causes quite a few scenes trying to exercise her right to be her own woman. Some of those scenes made me laugh, and some made me want to reach through the pages and shake her!
A wonderful read, with strong female characters and handsome swoony men and great spiritual lessons. Check it out!