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St Cloud, FL
5 Stars Out Of 5
I really enjoyed this book
April 12, 2014
St Cloud, FL
This is the first book by Elizabeth that I have read and I really enjoyed it. I liked the story and the writing style. She held my interest with a little bit of love and some intrigue. A nice clean story with a little bit of sorrow always pulls me in. I will be reading more of her books.
I absoutely LOVE this series of books! This however was one that keeps you very interested from page 1 but my only complaint was after 300 some pages I was tired of hearing the "sugar this" and "sugar that". It told of the great mine stories in Calico CA and the author does keep you turning the pages but enough of the baby talk. What a hard life those miners must of had! You will feel like you are right there in the mine and Calico itself. I loved Lizzie she was your average child & and will put a smile on your face while reading.
This story was engaging from the first page. I'd wanted to read it sooner but got backed up with other commitments. Having said that, I really enjoyed the mining theme in this story. There are a lot of mining towns in Arizona and I've toured several mines, so I totally understand the terror one feels in the complete absence of light. I don't know how people could stand to work in mines all day without going crazy. That said, I found the love story tender and enthralling, and the fact that the hero was a liveryman rather than a miner, a bit of a relief. The author does an excellent job with setting and historical themes. I was well-grounded in the time period.
I felt the deep sense of loss Abigail felt when tragedy befell her family because of the mine. I didn't want to see the heroine worried about the same fate for Nathan. The fact that I cared about the heroine as much as I did says a lot about the book. Nathan's daughter Lizzie was a total sweetheart, too, even if somewhat precocious like young children tend to be. The way the author intertwined the plot with mystery themes was well done. The story felt a bit like a historical whodunit with an amateur sleuth and all of the elements of danger that a classic mystery contains. The author is obviously gifted in this area. The ending was tender and sweet and made me smile. An all-around delightful story. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it.