Jessalyn Culpepper has always wanted to feel like part of the Bar None Ranch. And not only feel but to truly be. Unfortunately, years ago her stubbornness got the better of her and ended up not only causing her “exile” but also costing her her father’s health. After spending her growing-up years in British boarding schools she is now ready to give it all up and return home. With her father now dead and her beloved norther lacking in the communication department Jess pulls up stakes and makes the ocean crossing alone as she hopes to surprise her brother with her arrival. However, it is Jess who is in for the surprise.
If this had been written in the first-person I think it would have been a first-rate book. The author likes to let the characters do a lot of speaking and thinking (think: italicized paragraphs) and in third-person it’s a bit much. Frankly, I’ve always thought the looonnnnngggggg “thought” pargraphs a sign of an amateur (yeah – now you know what my old manuscripts are like, mwahahaha!), but Kelly Eileen Hake is far from being an amateur. The first chapter showed a lot of promise but beyond that I found it difficult to take an interest in. That felt like a let down because the cover art really drew me into the story. When I first seen it I though “Huh. This looks like my kinda book”. Admit it. You thought it was going to be a book about a witty heroine who knocks cowpokes upside their heads with skillets, Well, it was sort of like that, but it still felt like it was lacking. There was a good deal of tension between her and the main male character, but she isn’t quite that feisty.
So you can guess that I skimmed a good deal, which stinks. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a fairly good book, but if I knew what I know now I wouldn’t have read it.
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