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Captive Trail

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Though this book is part of a series, it still works fine as a stand-alone. The book is about a young woman who was stolen by Indians as a child and her escape. There is no real "wild action" or suspense, but the telling of the story flows well and the characters are nicely done. I did wish for a bit more "pop" but still recommend this read ( especially as a nice rainy day read).
Troublesome Creek

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I actually enjoyed the leisurely way this book introduced you to the characters as it reminds me of my mountain kin and the way they approach life. I love that you get slowly built layers of the main character and her reactions to what is happening inside her and in her life. I would have liked to see the other characters fleshed out a bit better, but the book wrapped up nicely and I am interested in reading the rest of this series.
The Preacher's Bride

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When I first began reading this book, I had a bit of difficulty getting into the characters and into the flow of the story. After the first 2 chapters or so, that all changed. I began to be drawn to the courage that Elizabeth showed and that feeling only increased as the book went on. I often smiled at myself over how defensive I felt about her when John was being a pig-headed boor about her. Gradually, though, I began to see in him what Elizabeth saw in him and I was won over. The ending of the book was a satisfying wrap-up. The Author's Note at the end of the book made me appreciate the actions of the characters even more and provided a wonderful grounding of the story.
Sutter's Cross

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This book is a permanent member of my "keeper bookshelf". From the very first page of the book, the author manages to grab your attention and keep it. I love how he voiced the characters. You just seem to feel what they feel and react the way they do. He keeps each character true to itself and moves the story along at a nice pace appropriate to the setting. His writing is just lyrical enough to move your heart, but not overly sappy or overblown. Highly recommend this book!
Summer of Light: A Novel

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Wish I could give this book double the number of stars I was allowed to give it! This is a great read about a dad who has become aware of the disconnect with his children and about the time he spent reconnecting (not always happily!). At times you will laugh and at times you will actually tear up, but you will not ever be bored. The story of a dad just trying to be the best dad he can be and the bumbling way he sometimes goes about it is awesome. The back story of how all this affects his wife, including her ambivilence of him being a stay-at-home dad after a while, just adds another layer to the story.
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated

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Like so many, I grew up a huge fan of the Little House series. I loved the Nellie character in the book series and found that I felt the same about her in the series. I really enjoyed Allison's open, honest revelations about the series, her character, and her personal life. It was difficult and painful to read about the terrible sexual abuse she endured, but this part was pivotal in revealing Allison/Nellie. I wept for the terrible parts of her life and laughed out loud at some of the things she told on herself and other cast members. Could have done without some of the stronger naughty words she used, but that is my personal preference in reading material always. Just wanted to give a heads up that some strong language is used in this book.
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