Saturday, June 8, 2013

Ripples Along the Shore - A Review

War widow Caroline Milburn arrives back in St Charles, Missouri not really wanting to return to her sister's home. Yet for a widow, there's not much else for her. She enjoys her friends in the quilting circle, but her heart longs to start over. Former Confederate officer, Garrett Cowlishaw, has captured her attention. Especially since he's leading a wagon train west. Caroline longs to be a part of the train heading west, but it seems impossible for a woman alone. Will she get her fresh start?

This is the third novella in the Quilted Hearts Series and I was happy to be able to read it since I enjoyed the others. I have really mixed feelings about this one. It was good to get a conclusion to Maren and Emilie's stories from the first two novellas. What was off on this one was that it ended very abruptly. The obvious romance between Caroline and Garrett was almost an afterthought and the reader doesn't get to find out if Caroline and Garrett can overcome their differences to find love. Maybe that question will be answered in the book due out in August where Anna is the main character. I did enjoy connecting with Boney again from the Cripple Creek books. It's rather fun to see him as a young man.

For me, though, the biggest drawback on this book is the way that it ended so abruptly. I, mean, it felt like it was in the middle of the thought and the author decided she was done and had no more to say. Perhaps there could have been a few more paragraphs or pages that would resolve the ending and smooth things out a bit. I don't know. Of the three novellas, this is my least favorite, though it was the one I was most excited to read.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program for the purpose of reviewing. I was not required to write a positive review, only to express my thoughts and opinions, which I have done. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Mona Hodgson, historical fiction, novellas

Rating - 3.5 stars, which will be 3 stars on Amazon.

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  1. I ranked ya! Have a happy weekend!!!

  2. Nice review, have not read this one yet but have read some of this author before so will be looking for this one...
    ranked ya
    Paula O(

  3. Nice review; have not read anything by this author, but would love to! I would like to read all of the books in this series.

    I ranked ya!
    Jackie Smith

  4. I enjoy novellas since they are quick reads, but only if I can feel an emotional attachment to the characters, and the story is resolved in a believable way- not just wrapped up quickly to keep it short.



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