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I'm a New Englnder by birth and an Ohioan by choice. I followed the man I love. My husband and I make our home in a small, rural community and my children are scattered throughout the U.S. By day, I work with Special Education students, by night, I'm a writer and in between, I read, read, read.
For me, reading has always been an adventure. You never know where a book will take you. Will it make you laugh? Cry? Will you sit at the edge of your seat in anticipation? Will your heart thunder in passion? Will you sigh with compassion at a touching moment?
I try to bring all this to my writing. It, too, is an adventure for me. A character will pop into my mind at the oddest times; in the shower, in the grocery store, and quite often when I really should be doing something else! She speaks to me and I begin to see her in my mind, what she looks like, where she's from, what she was like as a girl. She's not a lttle girl now and she has a story to tell.
That's where the adventure begins because while I know where my character is going, I'm never quite sure how she'll get there. It's hard work slogging through life to get to happily ever after, but unlike many of my characters, I'm a romantic at heart and I believe...
on Feb. 02, 2014 :
This is definitely another winner for Jacqueline Rhoades. Oh God did I ever cry. My emotions were on edge. I also laughed my ass off. Rhoades is one of those authors who is never rude or crass, but is always real. She develops a scenic world that her readers can visit without ever leaving the comfort of their couch. She presents it in a well and eloquently written manner that will keep you completely immersed throughout. I definitely couldn’t put this book down. I became part of this world and found myself walking, or running, through Hidden Mountain alongside the characters. I also love the brilliant job that Rhoades does with horses and farrier work.
I love how down to earth this little town is. The people stay the same and really grow on you. There is a strength to each of the characters. They stand up for themselves and for those around them without compromising who they are at the core. Sure there are ‘crazies’ but it just adds to the fullness of the town. You really get into the nitty gritty of life through the characters in this one. Rhoades doesn’t present them as perfect individuals, but as real life people who are trying to make the best of what they have. I also love the local ‘twang’ that shines through (and stays consistent in) the dialogue. That’s not to say that everyone speaks the same. It changes from one character to the next, but you can see the regionality of it as well as the consistency from character to character.
Although Rhoades has written this in such a manner that it could easily be read as a standalone, reading Preston’s Mill will give you background on the characters (and it’s a brilliant read too). Will I reread this book? Probably a few dozen times. Am I dying to see what happens next? YES! But the real question is, were this my intro to the author, would I read more? And the answer is a resounding HELLS YEAH!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)