“This is a comfy historical read with some unique plot ideas and creative situations. I was immediately intrigued by the story, watching as Sarah is thrown into an unimaginable situation. Being a mail order bride would be hard enough, but arriving at your destination and finding that your...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is a comfy historical read with some unique plot ideas and creative situations. I was immediately intrigued by the story, watching as Sarah is thrown into an unimaginable situation. Being a mail order bride would be hard enough, but arriving at your destination and finding that your groom-to-be is dead...I can't even imagine being in Sarah's shoes!
Sarah is likeable enough, but I admit that I had a difficult time liking Clay, as his revengeful attitude simply isn't the type of thing that draws me to a character. Eventually he did start to grow on me, especially after he was able to let go of his anger... but I still felt he was just "okay"; I couldn't get overly excited about him. I did find his medical career interesting, but unfortunately there wasn't much time spent exploring that aspect of his character.
The writing overall is good, but there's one thing that struck me as slightly odd. Towards the end Clay reveals a secret to Sarah, a connection between them that existed even before they first met. It's difficult to discuss without spoilers, but suffice it to say that I expected Sarah to be excited about the news, yet instead she was very calm--almost indifferent--despite the fact that it should've been a surprising revelation. I had been anticipating this scene, but I ended up being disappointed as Sarah's reaction seemed slightly out of character and ultimately made the scene fall a bit flat.
Despite my nit-picking, the story did keep me entertained while reading. It has some unique plot lines that I found rather interesting... but looking back on the story as a whole, I don't feel that it really "stands out" in the crowded historical genre. That's not to say it's not good--the story is solid--but it just didn't "wow" me. (I do actually feel that it would be a great candidate for a Hallmark movie, though!) Paper Roses is an adequate beginning to the Texas Dreams trilogy, and having already read the latter books, I can positively say the trilogy gets even stronger as it continues.
My Rating: 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.”
“Sweet story with a little mystery and romance. ”Lori wrote this review Monday, April 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Simple Christian western romance- clean predictable”Kristy B wrote this review Tuesday, April 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“pretty good”Fun2bwif wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Historical American Mail-Order Bride
379pgs, The future stretches out in front of Sarah Dobbs like the pure blue Texas sky. Leaving the past behind in Philadelphia, mail-order bride Sarah arrives in San Antonio ready to greet her groom, Austin Canfield, a man she has never met but whose letters have won her heart from afar. But there is one problem--he has died. And Sarah cannot go back East.
As Sarah tries to reconcile herself to a future that is drastically changed, Austin's brother, Clay, struggles with his own muddled plans. Though he dislikes working on the family ranch and longs for a different life, Clay is driven to avenge his brother's death. But something between them is growing and neither Clay nor Sarah is ready to admit it.
Book 1 of the Texas Dreams series, Paper Roses will sweep readers into the Hill Country with a tale of love and loss, closed doors and beautiful possibilities that will leave them wanting more.”
“I give this book 3.5 stars***.”Diana S wrote this review Saturday, September 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great story - it's an Inspirational, but I skipped over some; the rest was really paltable (not too preachy). There was romance (of course) and a couple of mysteries that had to be solved before the ending, so there was plenty to keep my interest.
Sarah Dobbs and her little sister Thea went to Texas because Sarah was supposed to marry a rancher, Austin Canfield, whose lovely letters had endeared him to her. However, when they arrived in the town of Ladreville Austin's brother Clay met them and informed Sarah that Austin had been killed.
Because their history hadn't been a good one, Sarah and Thea meant to remain in the town (which was French/German), so Clay offered them a place at the Canfield ranch. Sarah, who'd been injured by a horse and had a distinctive limp, found work in the mercantile and befriended Isabelle, the young woman who was the daughter of the owner. Over time, thefts in various homes became known and that added mystery to the town - as well as who'd shot Austin. These incidents needed investigating and solving - Clay was particularly interested in Austin's death. Also, Clay's father, called Pa, had been bedridden from a stroke, couldn't walk or speak; so Sarah, with her history of lameness, worked with him against Clay's wishes. When, eventually, Clay and Sarah realized they cared for one another, the culprits of the thefts and the murder were found, nearly costing another life.”
“A good book!!! I can't wait to read the rest!!!”Kindra R wrote this review Friday, August 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No