No, I’m not fashioning some sort of clothing item called “book review shorts…” What I mean is, here is a quick rundown of what I’ve been reading in the past few weeks.
Each definitely deserves its full review and lengthy description, but I hope to include more in my blog than just book reviews!
Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana by Trisha Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss (Summerside Press, 2009), is a heart-warming tale about a woman who escorts several children on an “Orphan Train” out west and ends up unknowingly “sold” to a man who claims he’s now her husband. She finds refuge in a circuit preacher, but until she finds money to return to the east, she’s stuck in Lonesome Prairie.
This story was well paced and well written and the main character, Julia, really connected with me as a reader. This sort of “western” was not what I expected either. There were a few gunslingers and all that jazz, but it had a very different feel to it than most. I’d highly recommend this as a quick, engaging read.
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafron (Doubleday, 2009) is the epic tale of 1920s Barcelona. Famed sensationalist novel writer, David Martin, receives a strange commission by an elusive French editor. What starts as a deal that is too good to be true, becomes simply that.
Zafron writes this about The Angel’s Game: ”The Angel’s Game has many games inside, one of them with the reader. It is a book designed to make you step into the storytelling process and become a part of it. In other words, the wicked, gothic chick wants your blood. Beware. Maybe, without realizing, I ended up writing a monster book after all… Don’t say I didn’t warn you, courageous reader. I’ll see you on the other side.”
That may say all that needs to be said. I really enjoyed this whole story, and though it was long, it never felt long. It isn’t a book for the faint of heart, but one fascinating read above all!