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4 Stars Out Of 5
July 24, 2009
And now the review....I don't read a whole lot of "wild west pioneer" type fiction but, I think I prefer Lyn Cote over any other author I have read in this genre! She writes her books well, and her jargon makes sense with the setting and characters. Her story was very unique to a genre that has the tendancy to become stale on new plots.I did take a while reading it, which is not to say the story wasn't engaging, because it is! But, i didn't devote enough time to reading only Lyn's book. It did take me a while to get into the book (about the first quarter) but the last half of the book went by so fast. I was flipping pages rapidly so i could find out what happened to these great characters.!Dorrit is a admirable heroine and was a free-thinker. She is reluctant to get married, thinking that she will be stuck in a unhappy marriage like her mother's. She treats her family's slaves with great kindness, and considers them her friends. This is in direct contradiction to her step-fathers treatment and makes her to be a bit out of place in her family.Speaking of some of the "bad guys" in this novel.... Many seemed to be too "perfectly" evil, with no explanation or insight about what made them that way. I hope there'll will be more "flawed" villians in her next books in the series.It seems as if a couple very suspenseful things were not fully resolved in the end. However, I think the author will tie all those loose ends up in the next in this series, "Her inheritance Forever"
For the most part this was a good story. It kept my interest more than lost it. But there were some things that made it a bit challenging. Like sometimes the sentence structure didn't make sense. Also, the characters would say things and do things that didn't fit the era they were in. That kind of stuff tends to bug me. Like use of expressions that didn't exist in speech in that time period. There is also the issue of characterization, and some of the people were pure evil. Usually even the bad guys have vulnerable spots and I didn't see that with two of the characters who always gave Dorritt a hard time. I did admire Dorritt but I question whether or not she would have been allowed to act the way she did toward the slaves without negative consequences. It made her heroic but lost some believability at the same time given how harshly her stepfather treated their slaves. But on the plus side the romance was pretty intense at times. The author knows how to write a yummy kiss and leads up to it very well. But toward the very end there was another issue that is hard to share without giving away any key plot points, but it did seem a bit unresolved. Several people were in perilous situations that went unresolved, so you don't know what happened to them. Did the guy die? Did the other guy ever get out of jail? Stuff like that. Overall I enjoyed this story more than not. Though I did mention more downsides, I have to say that this author does know how to write a good romance, which is why I finished the book. Maybe she should just stay away from historical romances and stick to contemporaries.
Once again, another wonderful historical romance from Avon Inspire. I love everything they are putting out without fail. This was my first opportunity to read Lyn Cote and I know she has many more titles available. I look forward to reading more of her novels in the future."The Desires of Her Heart" is a story in the category of Tracey Bateman, Tamera Alexander, Janette Oke, Lori Wick, and Tracie Peterson's hearts on paper. It is the first in the Texas: Star of Destiny series and I definitely look forward to the next few titles in the series.I felt that the book did not end at a complete close, but that is my preference I suppose. It did have a perfect setup for the next novel, but I am impatient and want answers now. On a flaw point, just on a random note. There were many of the earlier chapters while traveling they were herding the cattle, but then about halfway on the journey it was strange that all of the sudden the cattle were never mentioned again... That stuck out to me and lost a little bit of the experience.Overall, the story was a great adventure. I knew how I wanted to characters to end up, but was fully kept guessing up to the last pages. The protagonists are extremely lovable, and as a reader, I felt myself even drawn to some characters that I would not have imagined that I could feel anything for much less to appreciate. The "bad people" were really bad, and as per usually the "good" had much better behavior than what was in my heart.The author is completely able to pull you in and really make you feel what is going on in the story and that is the kind of novel that I like and cannot put down. I read this book in a day and a half, because I was unable to put it down. I just had to know what would come next.Quite the adventure from Louisiana to Texas, and to understand how much so, you really need to get yourself a copy to read. It's a keeper for me.