Monday, April 4, 2011

Review: Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart

Montana Territory in 1883 was a dangerous place -- especially for a blind woman struggling to make her way through an early winter snowstorm. Undaunted, Noelle Kramer fought to remain independent. But then a runaway horse nearly plunged her into a rushing, ice-choked river, before a stranger's strong, sure hand saved her from certain death.

And yet this was no stranger. Though she could not know it, her rescuer was rancher Thad McKaslin, the man who had once loved her more than life itself. Losing her had shaken all his most deeply held beliefs. Now he wondered if the return of this strong woman was a sign that somehow he could find his way home. (Summary via Goodreads)


I want to preface this review by saying I don't normally read romance novels. They're just not my thing. However, the e-book was free, and I am not one to pass up a free book. So I thought I'd try it. It was pretty much what I expected. It felt very slow to me. I kept reading and then looking at the page count. I was unsure how the author was going to fill it as they were pining for each from page 1. It ends exactly how you expect it's going to from the beginning. No huge surprises or twists. However, I don't think that this book was trying to be anything but a simple romance novel. It performed that role very well.

One technical thing that bothered me was that the narrator would switch a lot, sometimes mid-paragraph. That made it really hard for me to follow sometimes. I would often have to go back a few sentences to figure out where it had switched and who was talking now. If you're expecting a smooth flowing, fast paced book, this is not it.

It's not a story that made me think or had me hanging on ever word. However, it was simple and sweet. I don't think it's a bad book, just not one that I particularly enjoy. This book isn't going to make me rethink the genre. However, if you was a sweet, clean, romantic book, this will probably fit the bill for you. 

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