Wow! Autumn Song is a fantastic western, complete with cowboys, ranchers, gunfire in the streets, saloons, horses, and a kidnapping. Of course, there is plenty of romance to satisfy the romantics out there. I fell in love with the characters. Kate and Daniel seem like friends. There is a great cast of supporting characters as well that really helped to round out the novel and provide interesting secondary plotlines. This is the second in the Seasons of the Heart series, and I can't wait to read the rest.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
The year is 1889 and Texas is ill equipped for the likes of Katie Muldoon. Twenty-three years old, headstrong and determined to become a nurse, Katie is sick and tired of everyone else's opinions about her choices. She has no desire to settle down with a husband and makes it clear every chance she gets. With a chip on her shoulder, Katie is not about to give up her dreams for anyone, let alone allow a man boss her around the rest of her life.
Just when she thinks she's finally made her point to her family and friends, Daniel Monroe, the new attorney in town enters Katie's life and she is immediately at war with her heart. Although attracted to Daniel, Katie finds his ideas about marriage and women are a little too old-fashioned for an independent spirit such as she. To get him out of her mind and hopefully her heart, Katie decides to help Daniel out and attempts her hand at matchmaking, which like homemaking, she quickly discovers isn't her gift.
Autumn Song is the second book in the Seasons of the Heart series. If you read the first book Summer Dream, some of those same characters appear in the second book as well. This is a fun love story with plenty of friction between Katie and Daniel to keep the story interesting.
A sweet and gentle historical romance set in the west with just enough complexity to give it an appealing quality. This is the second book in the Seasons of the Heart series by Martha Rogers.
Kate and Daniel are at odds from the beginning. Neither is looking for a spouse. She wants a nursing career. He wants his woman to stay home and raise the babies. How are they going to reconcile their budding attraction to each other? Do they compromise their individual desires? Are they ever going to get along? You'll just have to read the book to find out :)
I must say I loved the familial relationships in Kate's family. They are a gregarious bunch when all together and I enjoyed feeling like I was part of their family. I especially loved Aunt Mae and imagined eating all the delicious foods she prepared for her boarders at the boarding house! This book is full of strong women who know how to take care of their families while becoming who God created them to be.
It's always fun to read about the old west and when a "city slicker" moves out there. Daniel's from back east where he lived a life of relative ease. He finally has his own law practice and that provides a lot of new experiences for him. Watching him adjust to the ways of the west and those strong women that are bred out there was quite an adventure in itself.
While this one didn't pull at my heartstrings like the first one in the series, Summer Dream, it is still up on my list of enjoyable books to read while sitting by a nice cozy fire, sipping from a delicate china teacup of hot mint tea! I can honestly recommend it to all fans of historical fiction.
Special thanks to Kim Jones, Publicity Coordinator, Charisma House Charisma Media, for sending me a review copy. I was not required to write a positive one, just express my opinion of the book. No other compensation has been received.
I have been looking forward to reading Autumn Song, ever since finishing Summer Dream, the first book in Martha's Seasons of the Heart series. My hunch was right that Martha would tell us the story of Daniel (who I mistakenly called Rachel's brother in that review post. He was Rachel's almost-boyfriend and Abigail's brother).
Although Autumn Song is the second book, it can easily be read as a standalone, following Daniel as he heads to Texas to set up a law practice and meets the Muldoon family, one independent member in particular: beautiful, spirited Kate.
I had a hard time connecting with Kate, the main character. Overly spirited and independent women often rub me the wrong way. I read into their lifted chins and stiffened shoulders as disrespectful, and it can be hard for me to like them. Even if they change, I have usually spent most of the book struggling with their character.
That can make a book move slowly for me. Autumn Song wasn't bad, but it wasn't a late-night page-turner either; I enjoyed Summer Dream much better. Still, the series itself is promising so far, and I am anxious to give book 3 a chance and see how Abigail fares with the Texas heat and the Muldoon clan!
*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine.*