I’d seen this book mentioned on Twitter several times, and I thought it sounded interesting, so I borrowed the audiobook from Hoopla.
I found The Substitute on Amazon for free, so I picked it up a few months ago. I hadn’t read anything in nearly a month, and the description promised plenty of misunderstandings and a bit of romance–possibly the perfect thing to get me out of my funk.
I borrowed Until It Fades from my library’s Overdrive. It’s not often I see a book on there and think I just *have* to read it as soon as possible, but the description got me on this one! Right up my alley.
This is the first book in a series. Last year I reviewed the second book, Where Two Hearts Meet (review), as part of a Lone Star Book Blog Tour. I was so excited to find the series on Hoopla and be able to read the first installment.
HEART ON THE LINE
Ladies of Harper’s Station #2
Genre: Christian / Historical / Frontier Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Date of Publication: June 6, 2017
Number of Pages: 336
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This is the second Laura Elliston novel, and continues to follow “Laura” and Kindle. I received a NetGalley copy, just like I did for Sawbones (review).
Western / Historical Fiction
Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this action-packed follow up to Sawbones.
Laura Elliston and William Kindle are on the run — from the Army and from every miscreant in the West eager to claim the $500 bounty for Laura’s capture as their own. But the danger isn’t just from those pursuing them. Laura and Kindle have demons of their own and a past that won’t stay dead. Exhausted, scared, scarred and surrounded by enemies, neither realize the greatest danger is yet to come.
* I received a free NetGalley copy in exchange for an honest review.
I think my biggest impression of this book is that it is exhausting. Laura and William are almost constantly running, and I felt like there wasn’t an actual story with a beginning, middle, and end. It was all middle. At the end of the book, their situation seemed no more resolved than the beginning.
I will say that I believe Laura’s character did a bit of growing, a little healing, at least. But I still had a hard time connecting to her character.
2 of 5 stars, I’m not sure I’ll be reading the next installment anytime soon.
I requested Sawbones from NetGalley because ever since it toured on the Lone Star Book Blog Tour, I’ve wanted to read it. I was surprised there was still an option on NG when the book is already published, but you never know until you try! Look for reviews to the next two books in the series over the next month or so.
Historical Fiction / Western / Romance
Wrongfully accused of murder, Dr. Catherine Bennett is destined to hang… unless she can disappear.
With the untamed territory of Colorado as her most likely refuge, she packs her physician’s kit and heads West. But even with a new life and name, a female doctor with a bounty on her head can hide for only so long.
Sawbones is the first novel in a gripping historical fiction series. (Goodreads)
*I received a NetGalley copy in exchange for an honest review.
Maybe it’s a personal preference, but first-person POV seems more fitting for a contemporary work rather than a historical one. There wasn’t much connection to the main character Catherine/Laura despite being inside her head.
There were jumps in time/place, especially in the beginning, that at times made it hard to follow.
Catherine’s journey is not an easy one. It is filled with a lot of pain and misfortunes. But she still finds a way. I like that she did not give up, even though at times it seems she’s ready to. I really enjoyed the way the past continued to haunt Catherine through the people around her, showing that no matter how far you go, it’s a small world.
There are a range of secondary characters that prove to be quite interesting, as well.
The views on Native American Indians held by the characters of the book are probably pretty true to the time, but they were very difficult to swallow.
Overall the story was okay, and I’m hoping to see a little more development and complexity from the writing over the course of the next two books.