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Sourdough Creek (Home Fires of the West) Paperback – March 21, 2012
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"True to form, another great book by Caroline Fyffe. The story quickly draws you into the plot and keeps you interested. Love Fyffe's descriptive style of writing and the way she moves the reader immediately into the conflict. Cassie is a force to be reckoned with as she takes on the Sherman brothers!" ~Roe, on Amazon reviews
"Fyffe's latest book paints an intriguing picture of gold mining. As someone who grew up near the setting for the story, she knows the area well and describes it delightfully. Whether you like Western romance, historical adventure, or just a well-written love story you're sure to enjoy Sourdough Creek." ~Mary Beth Magee
"Sourdough Creek by Caroline Fyffe is my kind of book! I love and truly enjoy a well-written sweet (clean) romance novel! A great western historical romance, Sourdough Creek is sure to win your heart over!" ~BookWorm
From the Author
People often ask what inspires me. What gets my thought process humming so I can write? The answer is everywhere I go and everything I see. Every conversation seems to have me thinking, that needs to go into a book. I spent my childhood reading such greats as Jack London, Zane Grey, Emily Brontë, to name just a few. I always had a novel in my hands. Then, in high school, I discovered Rosemary Rogers and was hooked on romance, particularly western romances. Regular trips to the bookstore netted me wonderful authors such as Lavyrle Spencer, Catherine Anderson, Jodi Thomas, and Dorothy Garlock. Just thinking about all those wonderful books has me giddy.
After I married, and before I discovered I had a multitude of western historical romances bubbling inside me just waiting to pop out, I became a professional equine photographer--a career that lasted twenty years. Growing up with horses, and in the West, I found it a natural progression. If any of you have ever been to a horse show, you'll understand when I say that the photographer has a pretty lonely job. Most hours are spent alone in the arena, snapping horses and equestrians as they are put through their paces. During that time, I fleshed out plots in my head, plus developed the charming yet sexy characters of the McCutcheon family and dyed-in-the-wool loner Chase Logan.
I'm an easy target for a sweet romance, filled with sexual tension, lively banter, and men and women who will surprise as well as inspire and touch your heart. Writing is a joy when each moment takes me to another place, another time. One filled with wonder, beauty, joy, romance and love!
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The premise of this story was good but the execution was lacking. As the synopsis stated, the hero tries to retrieve a mining claim that has been stolen from him by the heroine's very disreputable uncle. The heroine has possession of the claim and the hero falls in love with her. Conflict arises when the heroine finds out about his original intention, and believes he only married her for the claim.
The pacing was uneven; some parts moved along nicely, while others dragged. The slow spots obviously were intended to build upon the characterization and to further the plot, but instead, they slowed the action.
What really ruined the story for me, however, was the behaviour of the heroine. Saying she was too stupid to live would be an insult to stupid people. The hero was outstanding; heroic, brave, kind, gentle, generous, gentlemanly, loving, reliable, supportive and selfless. The heroine's uncle was despicable; slovenly, crude, lazy, selfish, cowardly, snide, unreliable, unsupportive, dishonest, and evil. Until almost the end of the story, the heroine refused to believe anything negative about her uncle, despite what was evident. The more the hero tried to show her that her uncle was a charlatan, the more stubborn she became and she continued to side with her uncle. Even at the end, the heroine had an internal dialogue where she espoused the Christian view of forgiveness and did not rule out allowing her uncle back into her life. Our Miss Pollyanna was hopeful or confident of his change of heart and reiterated that he was family. I agree with the Christian teaching on forgiveness, but I also believe there are toxic people that need to be avoided; the heroine's uncle fell into that category.
As well, there were a couple of instances where the hero suspected danger and told the heroine to remain hidden or stay put. What does she do? She traipses after him, argues with him and refuses to stay put. If this had been a slasher movie, she would have starred as the proverbial dumb blonde who hears a noise and goes off on her own into the basement where a dozen people have already been murdered. WHY, WHY, do writers write stupid heroines? Arrrrgh!
Some of the author's other books have lovely stories with intelligent, sensible heroines. They are nice, 'feel good' or heartwarming stories with likeable characters and even pacing. I strongly recommend trying some of her other books because they are very worthwhile. I do not recommend this book.
**NOTE TO AUTHOR: This story took place in 1851. The "large stuffed teddy bear" in Grace's bedroom made me laugh. Teddy bears were named after Teddy Roosevelt and didn't come into being until 1903. A time-traveling teddy bear, perhaps?
There are no language or sexual situations to offend any readers.
Together, these three deal with a band of murdering outlaws trying to break one of their own out of jail and terrorize a small peaceful town, Josephine falling down a ravine, the girl's uncle showing up and wanting the claim and a flash flood. Ashes the cat travels with them to add a touch of animal love and devotion while saving one or the other of them from harm.
Sourdough Creek is a great romance, a great adventure into gold mining and a wonder family story too.
This is a book I've had sitting in my cloud for quite sometime thinking it wouldn't be such a good read. But there definitely is truth to the old adage, you can't judge a book by it's cover. I have read books by Ms. Fyffe and was not disappointed. Neither will you be.
Caroline Fyffee has penned a sweet romance tale. Sparks are ignited by the two main characters, Cassie and Sam. Both are guarded and suspicious of each other and this adds to the plot line. In crafting this tale, Fyffee has created strong and likable characters. I like the way Fyffee constructed their romance.