Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Title: A Love Of Her Own
Author: Maggie Brendan
Publisher: Revell Books
Date released: June 1st. 2010
Stars (out of 5): *** 1/2
Age rating: PG-12
I didn't read anything that could be considered "inappropriate" in this book. It was very clean.
Back cover (from Revell):
She has everything her heart desires . . . except the one thing money can't buy
Still cautious after a broken engagement, April McBride fully intends to guard her heart when she travels to Lewistown, Montana, to attend her brother's wedding. One look around the small mining town convinces April that doing so won't be difficult--just a bunch of dusty shops, bad service, and ill-bred cowboys. But a run-in with horse trainer Wes Owen opens up vast possibilities for frustration, embarrassment, friendship, and . . . love?
Can April and Wes see past their differences to envision a future together? Or are they destined to live the rest of their lives alone?
Book three in the Heart of the West series, A Love of Her Own is an adventurous, spark-filled ride through love in turn-of-the-century Montana.
I'm probably the biggest fan of western romance novels, this side of the Mississippi. So, a series, with the title "Heart Of The West",I can't help but read it. LOL
I was first introduced to author Maggie Brendan when I read her first book, No Place For A Lady. Since then, I've been eagerly been waiting the last book in the series. And the book was worth the wait.
I thought A Love Of Her Own was good!! We first meet April McBride in Lady and believe me, she wasn't a favorite of mine. She was a spoiled brat, who was manipulative and stubborn. But in Love, we get to see things through April's eyes, and we understand why she is the way she is. But, in A Love Of Her Own, I really enjoyed "watching" April slowly go from a spoiled daddy's girl to Lewiston's sweetheart. I also liked that April wasn't a "girly,girl" and wasn't afraid to be different from the other young ladies.
Gentle romances usually aren't my thing, but Ms. Brendan writes as if she has been writing for years, and she just has a way of sweeping you right up in the story from page one. Though this might be a sweet romance, the characters sure aren't. Their real and down to earth people who add depth to the story. However, I wish the main characters would have more depth, themselves.
When April first comes to Lewiston, nobody much likes her. Then she meets Wes Owens, who is just as stubborn as she is, and when they're together...Boy! youhad better stand back, cause you just might get singed by all those sparks flyin' about.
One of the reasons I only gave Love 3 1/2 stars, was because I haven't yet read bk.2 , Jewel Of His Heart. I think that if had, I probably would have recognised a lot of the secondary characters that appeared in Jewel and better understood the recent history of Lewsiton . In the end, when April was meeting the town's people for the first time, so was I. Nevertheless, I loved this book and I would recommend it to anybody who is new to western romance novels, as this is a great introduction book to that genre.
*My many thanks to Donna Hauler @ Revell Books, for sending this review copy of A Love Of Her Own. The review is my honest opinion of this book and isn't influenced by the publisher and/or author.*
A Love Of Her Own will be available June 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
If you'd like to learn more about Maggie Brendan and her books go to:
CAN'T WAIT FOR MS.BRENDAN'S NEXT BOOK!!! ;)
At the back of Love, in Ms.Brendan's bio there is a surprise for the thorough reader. Can anyone find it? If you already did, aren't you so excited? I know I am. LOL ;D