- File Size: 3256 KB
- Print Length: 189 pages
- Publisher: Keta Diablo (January 31, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B93HNCK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,028,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Sky Tinted Water (Sky Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Rory Hudson and Dawson Finch first (truly) meet as he helps to rebuild her brother-in-law's barn after it was struck by lighting and caught fire. Rory and her family are new to Minnesota and everyone in the area pitches in. It's neighbor helping neighbor. For Rory and Dawson, it's also love at first sight. Soon enough the nation is divided by civil war, and it suddenly becomes neighbor fighting neighbor, families torn apart. Minnesota is also being affected by the Sioux uprising. Eventually, Dawson realizes he has a duty to serve the country he loves and fight for the ideals he believes in. War separates Dawson and Rory in the physical sense, but their love is not to be denied.
First of all, I have to say that I adore the name of this book! It is beautiful. I won't give away the origins here. It's no great secret, but you'll have the answer once you start the book. I love little touches like that. I feel like it adds so much to the history.
There are themes and aspects of this story that I love, love, love. I am fascinated by the period of history surrounding the US Civil War. The Sioux uprising is also *very* sad (for a variety of reasons) and thoroughly compelling. I feel like the author has a true interest in and a fairly good grasp of the history of that time. I do not feel like she wanted those two events to simply be wallpaper, a backdrop to her story. That intent I love, as well. Simply the thought of a man's willingness to fight this particular war is...well, it leaves me speechless. When the 'enemy' is your fellow countryman, maybe your neighbor, perhaps even your friend or family member, how do you reconcile that? How do you *live* with that? The knowledge that many pit themselves against fellow countrymen, neighbors, friends and family in order to fight for an ideal like the abolishment of slavery is heady, and it is true heroism. I am not naive enough to believe this was the goal or intent of every Union soldier, but even one makes a profound statement. The thought of a love deep enough to survive war and a myriad of other hardships is also inspiring and intensely beautiful.
This author has a good 'voice' for this type of story, for historical romance in general. It felt authentic. She can most definitely set a scene. As is the case with me, I LOVE that I found no grammatical errors to take me out of the story. That is *important*, and I can never possibly stress that point enough. The editing is very well done!
The execution of the story is where I have problems. It makes me sad to say that. Truly. I believe there is so much potential in this story idea. I believe there is unquestionable potential in this *author*! So, I want and need to be very honest. This is in no way meant to insult or be negative. Just the opposite, in fact. I *know* this story can be better. I *know* this author can DO better. I believe that, or I would not be saying these things. Sky Tinted Water, as it is now, feels like a well-edited rough draft. Here are my thoughts, for whatever they're worth (maybe nothing;).
First, the author needs to narrow her focus. We have the US Civil War, the Sioux uprising AND a scheming third party all vying for attention. There is no need for that third-party subplot. There is NO ROOM for that third-party subplot.
Second, the characters need and deserve far more attention, exploration and time from the author, particularly Rory and Dawson. It was very difficult for me, as a reader, to connect with these characters. I believe that's because the author didn't take the time to understand and *feel* these characters, to get inside of their heads and hearts. I wanted so badly to fully experience the depth of love, the connection, between Dawson and Rory. But, it wasn't truly there. The depth of their personalities and their relationship was skimmed over, and that is a great shame.
Third, it comes down to time and length. I think there may be a fear in authors now to tell a story of any considerable length. Without doubt, there are stories that can be told AND feel complete in a matter of two hundred pages or less. This is NOT one of those stories. The intention was to tell this story in two relatively short books, from what I understand. Again, there are plots and storylines which lend themselves to being told in this manner. And again, this is NOT one of them. This story needs to be told in one book, as a whole. Even more, though, this story needs to be allowed to unfold at its own pace, without being rushed.
As I said, I honestly believe the potential is there, in story and author, to make this a fully-realized Civil War and romantic drama. I hope my remarks are regarded in the positive, encouraging and constructive way that I mean them. I truly look forward to this author's future endeavors!!
Two other events come into play, one the death of a woman in childbirth and the other a successful birth of a native woman's baby that Rory midwifed. The husband of the dead woman literally goes crazy with grief and he stalks Rory, leading to a dramatic escalation of events.
It's a well written story, well placed and with a good plot. War, birth and death are always powerful themes. It is a romance, (no sex scenes though) and so has the hallmarks of the genre. It is a little predictable, but romances often are, and I did wonder at Jon letting Rory go alone to the graveyard. It seemed a little unlikely given her state and the fact that he hasn't wanted her to go at all. Nevertheless , I enjoyed it enough to forgive such things, and I like this length a great deal. You can read it in one evening. It's not a demanding story, but I did find it moving.
I received this book free from the author in return for an honest review.
Our Heroine is Rory, a young woman who is accustomed to shouldering responsibility and receiving the love of family. She is close to her sister and is a good aunt to her nieces and nephews and the reader gets a sense of her inner life as the story moves forward while the family settles into a new community in Minnesota - which, we are told in the preface, is taken from Dakota Sioux word for "sky tinted water."
It's a lovely title!
The author settles her heroine in and then sends her on a walk where we meet The Hero, Dawson. A man who is apparently washing up in a stream. Rory finds him and is taken aback by his partial nudity and her own visceral response to it.
The tension is palpable, her nerves charming, and the situation appropriate for this kind of romance.
Their first actual encounter happens at a barn raising and I very much enjoyed the author's touching on details without overwhelming us with them. The focus here is the romance and how families are affected by external conflict (such as wars) and she does this with a careful hand.
Dawson's pursuit of Rory is not unnoticed, but it isn't universally accepted, either. There are villains afoot and there are silent heroes about and they play their roles in this romance before the story's end.
I don't want to give away how the author brings the couple to their wedding or how the Civil War intrudes on their happily ever after, but I will tell you that bad things happen to good people, heroes are heroic whether silent or vocal, and that you can't keep a good woman down for long.
After the initial rough beginning (too many names were confusing, as I indicated) and the story started rolling past the midwifery, I was enthralled with the story and bent over my reader, captivated until the very last page.
I look forward to reading the sequel, Sky Dance, which is due out this spring!
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