Kicker's Journey

Rated 4.00/5 based on 1 review
In 1899, Kicker works as a hostler and farrier at Grindleshire Academy for Young Ladies. When Kicker falls in love with teacher Madelyn, it radically alters the course of her tranquil life. More
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About Lois Cloarec Hart

Born and raised in British Columbia, Canada, Lois Cloarec Hart grew up as an avid reader but didn’t begin writing until much later in life. Several years after joining the Canadian Armed Forces, she received a degree in Honours History from Royal Military College and on graduation switched occupations from air traffic control to military intelligence. Having married a CAF fighter pilot while in college, Lois went on to spend another five years as an Intelligence Officer before leaving the military to care for her husband, who was ill with chronic progressive Multiple Sclerosis and passed away in 2001. She began writing while caring for her husband in his final years and had her first book, Coming Home, published in 2001. It was through that initial publishing process that Lois met the woman she would marry in April 2007. She now commutes annually between her northern home in Calgary and her wife’s southern home in Atlanta.

Lois is the author of three novels, 'Coming Home', 'Broken Faith', 'Kicker’s Journey', and a collection of short stories, 'Assorted Flavours'. Her most recent novel, 'Kicker’s Journey', won the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards "IPPY" bronze medal, 2010 Golden Crown Literary Awards best historical winner, 2010 Rainbow Romance Writer’s Award for Excellence - first place win in the historical category, and 2009 Lesbian Fiction Readers Choice Award for historical fiction.

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Reviews of Kicker's Journey by Lois Cloarec Hart

JulieH reviewed on Dec. 5, 2020

A solid 4 🌟 read with class featuring prominently. I agree with another reviewer that Madelyn could come across as coercive, and Kicker as naive, however I think this is the case in the beginning because of their class and the roles they had been brought up to play. It was good to see Kicker grow into herself in the harsh environment where her resilience and skill at manual work stands her in better stead than Madelyn's education and teaching experience.

A strong cast of varied and nuanced supporting characters add richness to the story including the Irish immigrant musician brothers who become Kicker's close friends, the MacDiarmid family who help the couple settle in a new country and the requisite villans, in this case Madelyn's monstrous, servant abusing father in the UK and a dangerous enemy in Canada.

This is the sort of book that is part adventure, part love story, and it requires a commitment to patient character building and dialogue. There are several dramatic and life altering events that remind how fragile life was at the turn of the century. All combine to reward with an engrossing and satisfying read.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
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