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Peach Blossom Rancher (Peaches and Dreams Book 2) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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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: 2.5 -- Plot mixes cliché/overly convenient with unique/interesting. Basically all of the Colorado plot was predictable, cliché, and/or irritating. What kind of idiot sheriff investigates like that? And how did no one suspect the murderer when it was so glaringly obvious? Some of the Boston plot is weird, too, but the asylum story was interesting, and honestly the only thing that kept me reading. Plot is not quite focused. Setting is fine, but timeline is vague at best, and has significant errors. It talks about Stuart "spending the summer" with John -- but he's there from March to June. Also, while the body is found on a Monday at least a week after John goes back to church, everyone is later convinced that it was found that first Sunday. And so on. Plus, this is book 2 of a series. I hadn't read the first book, and it made heaps of references to the events of that book, leaving me at times confused.
Characters: 2 -- Maybe some realism in the characters, but mostly unrealistic, hard to understand, and even cringe-worthy. Minor characters and villains are almost exclusively stereotyped or simplified. Relationships between characters are rather sketchy. Very poor character development on the whole. Not one character that I felt any connection to, and many characters confused or appalled me with their idiocy. A normal 12-year-old should be able to eat a sucker without needing his hands cleaned afterward. Why is no one else shocked when Paul decides to marry Bellea, who was at school with his daughter? Not even a comment about their age difference? Plus John and Valerie's willful ignorance of their own feelings. Etc.
Mechanics and Writing: 2.5 -- Scattered typos, punctuation issues, and word errors, including a few major mistakes. Generally solid use of POV. Probably most from John, some from Edwina, and also Dillon, Valerie, or Archie with the asylum story. The writing style lacks polish overall, and occasionally detracts from the story. Inconsistent use of vernacular for a few characters. Awkward sentences with plenty of minor errors. Some redundancy, occasional unprovoked descent into textbook talk, and irrational, condescending, contradictory, and/or anachronistic moments. Use of the term “Down's Syndrome” and reference to a legal drinking age were some big anachronisms, which 5 seconds of research should have corrected.
Redeeming Value: 4 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. References to returning to church attendance/ keeping the Sabbath even when there's lots of work to do. Also John spends time in prayer, and then follows God's prompting to sell the stallion, though it counters his personal plans. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, but some shaky ground, eg: John's bizarre attitude toward women. It's like he truly believes that spending any time at all with a beautiful woman inescapably leads to kissing. It's weird. Violence and abuse are among the truly horrible conditions at the asylum.
Personal Enjoyment: 2 -- I’m not a fan. Some good bits, but reading it felt rather like a chore. Not one I plan to re-read.
The setting is the wide open range of Colorado in the early 1900’s; the author paints beautiful word pictures of it. John has his late father’s ranch and wants more horses and to save what remains of the peach orchard. He and Valeria MacDougal, a woman who studied law and is returning to Boston to work for her father, have an understanding that they might marry when her time of mourning for her murdered husband is over. Neither of them, however, counted on the will of God and His plans for their lives.
John’s faith is growing again under the love of Abe and Polly, the couple who have lived and worked on the ranch before he was born. Edwina, a young woman who had a crush on him since grade school, still has strong feelings for him, even though he doesn’t return them. They end up fussing and fighting when they try to do anything together. The rare exception is of Edwina giving Bellea, a young woman and her infant, a place to live and work, and help Edwina’s wheelchair-bound father, Paul, injured in a Mustang-breaking accident on their ranch.
Valerie is not excited about returning to Boston but it would be for only a short time; she wants to return to Colorado. She didn’t count on the pro bono case that was the reason why she studied law, or the changes in the attorney who loved her since she was a teen.
The characters are very likable! Descriptions and dialog backed up by action define the whole person that each primary character is. I very much enjoyed John, Abe and Polly, Valerie and Edwina. The secondary characters, such as Bellea and Paul, are designed so well that a reader can empathize with them. I would love to be like Polly, but identify with Edwina, whose temper has been known to get away from her.
From the beginning, when John found a red-haired girl in his barn ready to give birth, through his imprisonment for a murder he didn’t commit, to the last page after the bad guys/ gals are revealed, I was captivated by this novel. The plot includes humor as well as fear and sadness. What most engaged me is the state of mental health care just a century ago. It is heartbreaking to see what those with certain health conditions were demonized and sufferers sent to the asylum, all ages and temperaments mixed together in terrible living conditions. The plot twists keeps the reader guessing as to who the real murderer is, and who was involved in a crime later in the novel.
There underlying theme throughout is what faith in the Lord looks like in everyday living. It is encouraging, full of grace and mercy. As one who enjoys good Christian fiction and historical fiction, this novel more than exceeded my hopes. I highly recommend ‘Peach Blossom Rancher’ to adults of all ages and mid-to-late teens. It might be helpful to read the series in order, but it can be read as a standalone.
From a grateful heart: I was given this eBook by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
Clean Christian Book - yes it does end up in a Romance -actually 2 - and there is off and on feelings between several different characters. You kind of think this he & she will get together - then you wonder well is it this female - or what about she & another male. It isn't really confusing and why there is very interesting things occurring in the city - & things going on at 2 ranches.
--No I will not share exactly what - because I never like to read all about a book before reading - But I am sure that you want to, you can find plenty of reviews that will tell you --- - This book does have 57 chapters plus the Epilogue which is long enough to be the 58th chapter.
I completed this book in one day because I just couldn't put it down, except to fix something to eat or get water to drink. Of course, today was cold & this book was a very good excuse to just sit back, relax, and read this book (anything else can just wait!!!!) ha ha
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