This has been a long week for me. Lots of work, exhaustion and battling bad weather hasn't allowed for much. I did manage to finish reading a few books, although I only managed to review a couple of them. No time, no energy or gray cells left-over. :)
Started my week by reading Just One of the Guys by Kirsten Higgins, contemporary romance, reviewed here. A mixed bag for me, enjoyed most of the book but not the romance. Continued by reading and also reviewed Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews, a short story I absolutely loved! Sci-fi/Futuristic romance, well written and developed, this short story really made my week. *g*
Touched by Light by Catherine Spangler, a paranormal romance from a favorite author was my next pick. A book that I've been looking forward to reading and one I would like to review for Musings later on this week.
Finished reading A Bride in the Bargain by Deeane Gist, an inspirational historical romance set in the Washington Territory during the Civil War. We highlighted it in our June 2009 Releases post and it was one of my picks for the month. I don't usually read inspirational books, this is a first. It caught my attention because of the setting and the plot.
I love Seattle, Washington. It's one of my favorite places and this is set during the 1860's. Ms. Gist uses historical facts to weave this romance -- quite a few of the characters in the book are based on people who existed during those times and all the newspaper clippings in the book are also taken from archives. Joe Denton needs a bride to keep his land and Ana Ivey is destitute and an orphan from Granby, Massachussetts. She becomes one of the Mercer girls. A woman, who together with 299 other women, war widows and orphans went West to marry or work after signing contracts with Mr. Mercer. Joe thinks he paid $300.00 for a bride. Ana thinks she paid $50.00 to work as a cook to Joe and his crew of lumberjacks. They were both deceived by Mr. Mercer.
I think I really enjoyed the setting and how well the research was done in this book more than anything else. Joe and Ana were a nice couple and I really enjoyed most of their interactions while she was staying in his home. He is a nice, lonely man who loves his land above all, but who obviously needs Ana in more ways than one. She is a young woman, 19 years old, who lost her whole family and is full of guilt and regret. Ana is what I call a plucky girl that won't back down but who still needs to grow up.
I grew impatient towards the last quarter of the book with Ana and later when the author decided to throw more obstacles in their path. The last dramatic obstacle definitely felt contrived and unnecessary and it took away from my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
Still reading Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. It's a fascinating book -- slow going but one that I can't seem to put away. Interesting characters, world, plot and writing style. I'd love to finish this book this weekend.
Next week I'll be picking up whatever strikes my mood.
Not too bad for me, although not the best. How was your reading week? Any good reads?