I am reading through The Homeward Trilogy series this month. Breathe is the first book in the trilogy, as well as the first book that I have read by this author. It will definitely not be my last!
Breathe was such an interesting and enjoyable story to read. I am excited that each sibling will get their own book in this trilogy. Although Odessa is the main character in Breathe, I loved that Moira and Dominic, her sister and brother, also have a lot of page time.
I have read a couple of other books about characters with consumption and I know that it was a devastating illness. I thought that that the author did such a good job at describing what Odessa and others at the sanatorium were going through during a coughing fit. Breathe also had mystery and danger to keep it moving along, as well as a sigh-worthy love story.
Im looking forward to the next book in the series and to reading more from this author. My daughter insists that I need to read her River of Time series soon and that I will love it!
I won this book in a giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Dominic and Moira St Clair must accompany their sister, Odessa, to Colorado Springs in hopes of finding a cure for the consumption ailing her. While in the care of the sanitarium, Odessa witnesses a murder of a new aquaintance, patient and friend, Sam O'Toole. Left with a poem containing clues to Sam's silver mine, Odessa meets his captivating and appealing neighbor Bryce McAllan. Amid Odessa's fight to breathe again, Moira and Dominic (Nic) encounter their own struggles in a newly established town.
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
"Breathe" captured my interest from the first chapter. With many characters involved in the story, each must endure a challenge which will keep the pages turning. Written from captivating points of view, even with a bit of a mystery intertwined, each chapter blends into the next, hardly allowing the reader a place to pause. Set in the late 1800's, this book will enlighten as well as entertain.
Thrilled that this is the first book in a trilogy, I look forward to continuing to read one of my new favorite authors.
"I am not usually fond of writing reviews for books, neither do I find myself being able to find the right words and emotions to express what I truly find on my journey's with the characters of each book. But with Waterfall I couldn't help but reveal my two cents." - AnnieRL
Not being a bookworm, nothing fit my categories. When I picked up Breathe, I couldn't put it down! Every word played through my mind with passion, fear and excitement.
To make a new life, she'll have to learn how to breathe again...
"Devastated by the loss of four sons to tuberculosis and his wife in childbirth, a Philadelphia patriarch sends his three living children west in 1883 to make a new life in the clean mountain air of Colorado Springs. Odessa is struggling to survive consumption; Moira is beautiful and dangerously headstrong; and pugnacious Dominic is charged with establishing a new arm of the family business-a business he doesn't want. Readers will love The Homeward Trilogy, in which the St. Clair siblings struggle to follow where the heavenly Father leads them. In Breathe, Odessa arrives at a famous sanitarium seeking a cure for the disease that killed her brothers. While Moira and Nic establish themselves in Colorado Springs society, Dessa inches her way back to health . . . and into love with a soft spoken fellow patient, rancher Bryce McAllan. When she witnesses a murder-in the very hospital where she is recuperating-and other patients begin to die, Dessa struggles to breathe again. She'd always expected to die young, but now that she has a reason to live, can she hold on to her fragile health to solve the mystery?" - Goodreads review.
My Two Cents
With the battle of Consumption, Odessa St. Clair must unravel the true cause of Sam O'Toole's death. Leading into a mystery romance, Odessa is completely taken by the handsome rancher, Bryce McAllen whom has always dreamed of sailing the seas, but his true desire is to bring all three hundred of his horses through the winter storms. After the burial of Sam O'Toole, Bryce gets confronted by a highly suspicious attorney being given two envelopes addressed to him and Odessa. When Odessa opens up the letter from Sam, revealing a poem clearly giving her clues to find his mine, she must consider her both options, fighting this horrible illness that captured her body or follow the poem only truly risking her life.
When Bryce left the sanatorium leaving Odessa completely lonely, he soon returns for her finding out she has also left the sanatorium with better health, but has something else taken her away from him besides her health?
I loved the connection between all the characters. It was written so beautifully, and it played well in my mind. I didn't dislike anything to be honest. I loved how Odessa fought the consumption, only trusting God through the whole process. Her stubborn side only made her think of how to crack the mystery, risking her life in anything. I also adored the different point of views Lisa Tawn Bergren did. She explained everyone's stories, from Odessa St. Clair to Moira St. Clair to Dominic St. Clair to the Sheriff and she even wrote in Bryce's point of view. I just loved it. Everyone had their own story which weaved into the whole plot of Breathe. One thing that bothered me a bit (in a good way, not a bad way), was how Sheriff Reid Bannock imagined Moira and his hold on her. His way of explaining his love for her and how he would have her, one way or another. Lisa did a great job carefully choosing her words which made me fall in love with the novel within just a few chapters. This novel put me in suspense and made me dive into it as if I there. I liked everything about it and I hope you get the chance to share your opinions as well!
Romance between Moira and the sheriff may get a bit racy. Depending on what you read, I would recommend this book for ages 15+.
I found the story very exciting and at times I could not put the book down. At certain points I became so enthralled in the story that my heart raced along with the characters. I felt part of the story and was truly concerned for the characters and what was going on.