I am so disappointed with this book, because I adored Yvonne Harris first book Vigilante's bride and was so excited about finally getting to read her second book.
Texas ranger Jake Nelson was written as a good Texas ranger, but there was a glaring lack of "cowboyisms" with his character and the only time I felt like I got to know him was in his conversation with Elizabeth about is ex-finance Audrey. Elizabeth's character was decent, the villains though were two dimensional and the author left Gus and Suzanne relationship hanging. (unless she's going to finish their story in another book.)
Also I found that there seemed to be to many modernism within the book for my taste. Elizabeth's comment " let's go check out" the beaver dam sounded like something my teenage would say, the florist who wrapped the flowers in "tissue paper" (was tissue paper even invented?) when wrapping flowers in newspaper would have been more believable, and the hospital with the "emergency room". I had to go back to the front to look at the date that was printed at the beginning of chapter one to make sure which century I was reading.
The best thing I like about this book was the research on the history of the Texas rangers. I did enjoy the way the author incorporated this into the story. Most of it I did find fascinating.
If none of the stuff that bugged me, would bug you, then go for it. By far not the worst book I've ever read but not the best either.
Every now and again you come across a good Christian Fiction novel that you can read and have finished quickly due to not being able to put it down , A River to Cross by Yvonne Harris was just that which I had expected due to liking her first novel The Vigilante's Bride. In A River to Cross we meet Elizabeth Madison , a journalist in the making and the daughter of a Senator. Home for the summer she decides to work in her older brother Logan's newspaper business rather than be an intern for her father's campaign and office. Though, little does she know that she will only see her brother for a few days before he is dead and she finds herself kidnapped. When a big story breaks out about the Mexican's and Manuel Diego it seems that a button has been pushed and Elizabeth's brother finds himself assasinated and Elizabeth kidnapped ? Will she be the next to go , leaving their father childless ? Enter Jake , a Texas Ranger and a friend of Logan's - he is making it his mission to safely return Elizabeth but what neither of them counted on was falling in love with each other. However , before any of them are actually ready to open up their hearts and love fully they must battle some relationship demons and move on completely from the past. For Elizabeth , a widow of three years -it means leaving behind and moving forth from her dead husband Carl and for Jake , love made him jaded and difficult to keep as for Jake - an Army Ranger - it's the army first and relationships second. Can the two of them find common ground and love be re-ignited in both their hearts or will their past experiences be too much to handle ?
This delightful story written by Yvonne Harris, is a great historical fiction set in late 1800's. This is a story that felt like it could continue forever. The best part of the story is the undercurrent theme that life is to be celebrated today. Tomorrow is uncertain, so enjoy and celebrate the gift of today.