- File Size: 205 KB
- Print Length: 63 pages
- Publication Date: December 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006K6QT4E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
September Rain Kindle Edition
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quite honestly, I was not impressed at all with this novella. Classified as a historical story, I struggled to place it anywhere in history. The repetition of certain phrases, such as Hallie's insistence that she is a spinster and too old to think about marriage at the age of 28, grated on my nerves. Plot-wise, it was rather predictable but sweet.
Just not my cup of tea, I suppose.
The heroine feels she is very unattractive and an old maid. The hero has voice problems due to laryngeal injury. He is also grieving the death of his wife and unborn child. They are both viewed as eccentrics by their community. They emphasise with each other from the start of the story but are both too shy and afraid to devlop a relationship. The events of the story brings them together.
There is romance, suspense and action scenes.The characters help and change each other,e.g the hero is motivated to use his voice again in spite of his laryngeal injury. She no longer views herself in a negative way.
Thsi novella reminded me very much of the Little House on The Praire series- but written for adults and in a more modern style. The lifestyle of the time is vividly portrayed along with the climate.
I liked how the title of the book is central to what happens. Many books have a catchy title that has little relevance to the story
As it is a quick read, it also reads as if it were written quickly with the basic idea communicated with a few passages nicely providing good descriptions but mostly just telling a story of an unmarried spinster storeowner being forced to either marry or lose her store, then being attacked by an assailant mistaken for a man that doesn't talk and whom everyone believes to be crazy. While Hallie eventually straightens out the misconception, the story line is related in a straightforward manner where the challenges are reflected in a manner that doesn't beat around the bush or use flowery language to infuse a romance that most likely would never have happened in a manner that other novels in this genre would offer.
When Crazy Jake is badly injured when attempting to assist Hallie, she feels beholden to the man and works to nurse him even though he does not welcome her nor even, at times, be aware that she is there. As time continues, they learn much about each other and will eventually be forced to again defend each other against an unwarranted attack. The story is recommended for anyone liking a good, basic romance in a pioneer setting.