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Author Rebecca J. Vickery writes romance, suspense, mystery, speculative fiction, and much more, but always with a twist. Her hubby says that is a product of her twisted mind.
A wife, mother, grandmother, and avid reader, Mrs. Vickery began writing fiction in 1998. With a background in technical writing, fiction released the creative side of her nature and she hasn't looked back.
Join Rebecca on her many adventures. She is always delighted to receive comments and questions about her work at
on April 02, 2010 :
andsome, rugged, and all hero Brig Montgomery a South Dakota rancher can't help but question the beautiful sight of his prize stallion being ridden out of a burning barn by a mysterious young woman who obviously knows how to handle horse flesh.
Question is, did she set fire to the barn? Who was she, and what was she doing in his barn?
Kat( Katalina Forester) has been searching for the stallion for a while, leaving everything she owned behind to do so. Fianlly she finds him and all chaos breaks loose. How could she explain that this horse was prize material and in great danger, without exposing her own secrets. But due to the greed of two men, Brig and Kat become better acquainted and Brig hires her to care for the horses.
Slowly admiration and love grow between the two unlikely horses lovers, as they try to save the horse, the ranch and the hands from one danger after another. Quite an unusual love story, with lots of intrigue thrown in to keep you on the edge of your seat, makes for a warm and fuzzy kind of read by the fire. So sit down in your easy chair, kick back, and put up your feet. Pop some popcorn, heat some hot chocolate, and relax with a memorable read. One of the sweetest love stories I've read. If you love horses, cowboys and romance, this is the book for you. See why everyone is wanting to read....Seeking Shelter.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 20, 2010 :
Rebecca J. Vickery brings a new story to her collection of works and introduces her readers to a host of original and entertaining characters in this latest story, Seeking Shelter.
Kat, aka, Kathy Haper, aka, Katalina Forester, is a woman on the run and with a past. Brigham Montgomery, better known to the readers as Brig, is the straight-laced no-nonsense ranch handler. A twist of fate and destiny brings these two unlikely characters together in an almost tragic circumstance.
While the story has its share of knaves and foes (what good story doesn't) the real struggle is within the protagonists' themselves. Much of the story is told through their internal dialogue and their meditations and prayers to God. Their faith pulls them through and helps them to find courage in the face of danger and insurmountable odds.
Seeking Shelter is a unique story. It is one of Ms. Vickery's more mature, somber works. The themes of self-forgiveness, love and acceptance are all there, but there is that spiritual element, very real and true to the movement of the story.
With exception to a few scenes, the story is not fast paced, and that adds to the overall charm and package of the book. The love scenes almost take second stage to the greater theme of this story: the importance of looking beyond ourselves to find help, and believing in the power of God to sustain us.
I highly recommend this read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 07, 2010 :
SEEKING SHELTER was an odd read for me, for one reason really, I found the wonderful Rebecca Vickery last year and every single book she has produced, she has hit it out of the park - from her protags, her story line to what I now call the Vickery trademark style of dragging little bits of oddities and making a work of art with them.
So straight off the bat SEEKING SHELTER in my eyes had to compete with all the winners that Ms. Vickery had out already.
The story starts with Brigham Montgomery in a right pickle, about his ranch, his workers, his animals and mostly his life in general. He never asks for much and he is as stable as they come, so when some strangeness starts happening in his barn with the most evil tempered horse of his herd - he is concerned to get to the bottom of it.
Getting to the bottom of it comes sooner that he expects, but along with the mystery solved, he ends up with damages and loses to his property. Brigham has no time to cry into spilt milk because in the early dawn he finds himself with a young lady who not only can handle the horse that no-one else on the ranch seems to be able to but she also looks to be the one who has caused the immense damage to his property.
Kat is a scared young lady who has made it her mission for the past few years to find the horse that she has a connection and a secret with. Finding him was not easy and now that she has - the matter only gets more complicated, because someone still has unfinished business with her and the horse and she has taken it right to Brigham Montgomery's front door.
SEEKING SHELTER is overall about the harsh realties of ranch life, the loneliness and the game of chance that as owner and grandson to the original ranch holder Brigham Montgomery faces every day, every season. Toss Kat into the mix, with her own set of problems and issues and a lose cannon running around the hillside with a rifle and this was a full on read.
There is not a singular plotline to this book and by midway I was caught up in them all and started wondering if Ms. Vickery would be able to get the pieces all together for the finish line.
The people I met in this book are what I would imagine hard working ranch folks to be like - love and concern for the land, big on family, loyal to a fault and set every thing by the movement of the sun and the moon. Ms. Vickery trademark of attention to details is carried over into this book and as much as I knew who was doing what - the tension and the anticipation that she brought to the process was really good - I actually thought that was really one of the highlights of the book.
SEEKING SHELTER was not all perfection, I had a few niggle which when summed up makes this book while a good read, not my favourite Vickery book. Bingham is a class act to accept, for people living in ranching communities I can imagine you would relate to Bingham more than me. Bingham is all old school attitude and values, from his love of the land to choosing his mate by her breeding quality. That was really annoying to say the least-( I at one point expected him to start accessing her teeth), as he does it to not only one woman but to all the parings that Ms. Vickery makes for him.. I really felt like slapping him.
The connection between Kat and Bingham wasn't there for me - on their own I could not ask for two better protags, Kat with her spunk and her determination to do the right thing despite the harshness of her past, Bingham who just wanted to protect all who falls under his wings and this is where the problem lies for me as Bingham treated Kat as too much of a child for most of the book and then he wanted to marry her - I didn't get it.
While I am not jumping up and down about this book - I will say Kudos to Ms. Vickery for once again going just a little further with her writing. Her style is clean, easy to understand and easy to see the other side of the coin. So while I had issues with Bingham I could see the logic behind his style and this was all down to the flow and the language that Ms. Vickery uses to draw out the best of the man.
All the cast were well developed and suitably placed. From the wise sheriff who could see more than what was in front of him to the sinister character whose single aim was getting away with it.
Fans of Ms. Vickery's work like myself, this is a must read - for new readers, this is one author you must add to your list to try.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)