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Karen Baney loves writing Christian historical and contemporary novels—especially those set in Arizona. She’s lived in this lovely Wild West state for over fifteen years. She and her husband live in Gilbert with their two dogs.
Her faith plays an important role in both her life and her writing. She enjoys participating in and leading Bible studies. As the co-found of Everything Author, LLC, she enjoys mentoring and teaching other authors about self publishing.
on May 25, 2011 :
This book is the first in a planned four-book series by Karen Baney. It follows the westward quest of Will Colter and Hannah and Drew Anderson as they escape their pasts to find their futures. Set in the 1860s, the author has done considerable research to remain true to the times and to include some of the famous characters of the era. The result is a very interesting read that highlights the hardships of this arduous journey. The ending is somewhat predictable, but offers much satisfaction along the way. Even though I knew the story would end a certain way, it was written such that it maintained my interest the entire way through. I may have seen the ending coming, but I didn't anticipate all the events along the way. Some were quite unexpected and I did get a bit teary-eyed in a few places.
The story is nicely edited and the writing style is very agreeable. It's an easy and pleasurable read. The pacing between the two storylines was well done, easily allowing the reader to keep track of both paths. There was one rather annoying (to me) technique used, however, that broke the flow of the story several times. Some events were told from two characters' perspectives, and to do this, the author wrote it first from one perspective, then rewrote it from the other perspective. It was initially a bit confusing to me to read an event, then have a feeling of déjà vu as I read the event again from another perspective. I quickly realized what was going on, but it was somewhat jarring. It's almost like traveling smoothly on a roller coaster and all of the sudden it stops and switches tracks before you're off again. I understand why it was done, and it was nice- at times- to get both perspectives, but it disrupted the even and smooth flow of the storyline.
A great read for fans of the genre- 3.5 stars
Full review on MotherLode blog- gracekrispy.com
(reviewed long after purchase)