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- Seeking Shelter
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.