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John Parks has returned to make the ranch a profitable place again. He sure has his hands full trying to reestablish the peach orchard and making the ranch a thriving place again. What obstacles will he face ? I loved the character and thought he was a hard worker with great instinct. I loved how the author included a mystery that made John at the center of it. He seems to have his hands full with the sheriff breathing down his back. Can he prove his innocence? To add to his increasing challenges he has some female admirers. Will John be able to keep his focus on getting the ranch and orchard running again?
What really grabbed my attention in the book was the vivid description of the insane asylum. I could feel my skin crawl as I read the different people that were in there. I think it really bothered me about the treatment the people endured. It made me think about old movies where the patient gets shocked. There always seemed to be creepy staff that didn't want to be bothered with the patients. They got labeled as crazy and locked away in a little room. The author really did her research about the treatment during this time period of patients locked up in the asylum. I could feel tears come to my eyes as some were so desperate to leave there. They were mistreated and misdiagnosed with no one to defend them. Can you imagine being in a place like that knowing you don't belong there? Dr. Dillion Haskill is determined that he will get out of the place. Will he succeed in getting freed? What happens to the other patients in there?
This story is packed with intrigue, love interest , injustice and faith. I found myself thinking for awhile after I finished the book. How many of us have had to fight against accusations? Do we turn our back on people with mental illness? I really loved this book a lot and it gave me some real soul searching to examine in my life.
I received a complimentary copy of of this book from the author and Bookfun.org. The review is my own opinion .
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
(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.