Thursday, March 19, 2015


Book 3 Passion Series
By Mary Adair
Love Finds Its Own

In Book 2, Raven was dismissed by the Cherokee Tribe for having no control over his temper.  He is sent by Chief Red Panther (James Fitzgerald) to oversee his business in London. Raven believes that he will never be allowed to go home and in his loneliness, he meets a beautiful, sophisticated woman named Marguerite, to whom he becomes engaged. 
His Cherokee love, Golden Dawn, daughter of Red Panther, believes that she and Raven are destined for each other and that she is to save his life.  Through guile and lies, she manages to get on a ship headed for London to find Raven.  She does find him, along with his half-brother William and William’s two older aunts.  These aunts love to interfere in others’ lives and they determine who should be matched with whom.  Raven has been to their house often and when  Dawn gets to London, she manages to find someone who will take her to that house so she can announce to Raven that she has come to save his life and they will be married.
Raven is totally surprised and angry at Dawn because she is from the colonies in the U.S. and not sophisticated enough to be let loose in London.  He can’t convince her to return home and Marguerite soon learns about her.  Marguerite throws a tantrum and drops Raven, who now realizes he doesn’t love Marguerite, but he is sure Chief Red Panther will never let him return to the colonies or marry Dawn.  No matter how he tries to maneuver Dawn to go home where she is safe, she manages to sidestep him.
I enjoyed Book 3 of this series more than the other two.  It is for more mature readers, it is romantically interesting and yet there are dangers throughout the plot, which keep the reader hooked.  I recommend this book for those who enjoy romances.
I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Raven's Passion, Book 2

By Mary Adair
Young Love

This is definitely a YA genre and although the author uses Indian names like one might expect, it is simply written and has a good share of imagination in the plot, which would make it particularly interesting for teenagers, about whom most of the story centers.  Her language, however, does not particularly feature how Indians would speak in their language.  Also when the deer was killed and the girl went to skin it, with the boy’s help and then she takes the skin away to wash it and he wraps up the meat, with no electricity how was he going to keep the meat from spoiling?  Also, usually when there was a skin, it would take three Indian women to scrape the skin clean of gristle and fat on one side and hair on the other.  And then it was soaked in animal urine to make it soft.  As far as keeping the meat, usually it would be cut in strips and dried. 
But taking into consideration who would be reading this story, I think it is a good plot with heroes and heroines and bad men, and fantasies that make it enjoyable.

I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015


The Stone Justice Series, Book 1
By Robert C Mowry
Action packed, fast moving Western during Civil War times, and also an historical novel.

Colonel Tyrone Rafter was sent by his friend, President Lincoln, to find a man important to the Civil war in Mexico.  Rafter was captured, his leg wounded so badly it was sawed off by a rather incompetent Mexican doctor and he was kept a prisoner for seven years, subjected to torture, starvation and terrible living conditions.  He finally managed to escape, but upon returning home learned that his beloved wife Laura had been told he was dead and had remarried.  Rafter became extremely bitter and hostile, never revealing to Laura that he was alive because of her remarriage.  He remained mostly in Mexico and became so violent and dangerous that he was known El Pata Fantasma.
He let President Lincoln know he was alive and Lincoln eventually sent for him to send him on another dangerous mission.  Lincoln had been promised by a Mexican constituent a large amount of gold that had been mined by the Mexican and hidden.  There were rumors of gold being in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area, but no proof.  Rafter was to ascertain if there actually was gold available for the Union’s use. 
Rafter spent two weeks with a minister who helped him adapt to the role of being a minister, and he was an atheist.  He read the Bible in most of his spare time, adopted an abandoned dog, Dinger and visited all of the Methodist churches in the towns between Washington D.C. and Santa Fe to firm his role as Pastor Justin P Stone.  Because his wooden leg was so tender, he purchased a buggy, which was his trademark.  As the story proceeded, he learned that Laura died, his son Buck, a young man now, although in the military, had a terrible temper, and as he visited the different churches, was called upon to do weddings, funerals, sermons, and give solace and comfort to many.  He began to question whether there was a God.   
The story is filled with war, death, Indian attacks, romance, betrayal, love, hate and is a page turner.  I truly enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who likes Westerns, especially when it includes so much history.

I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.