Thursday, June 6, 2013

Book Review: A Secret Fire by Deborah McBride Hathaway

****--4 Stars
May 2, 2012

Amazon Description: Emma Marchant leads an uneventful life, but when cowboy Thatcher Deakon walks into the Marchant Inn that she runs with her family, she fears she may never be the same. Can Emma gain confidence in herself and realize that she has the right to be in love? Only Thatcher can help her overcome her insecurities, but he has his own fears to surmount. This heartwarming, clean romance novel reveals that when the love between two people is real, it can exceed all obstacles.


The door to the Marchant Inn swung open behind them, causing the bell to ring above it, and Emma turned around to welcome their unexpected guest. A broad-shouldered figure appeared in the doorway and stole her attention entirely. His spurs clanged against the wooden floor as he walked into the room, and Emma couldn’t help but notice his long, thick legs matching his barreled chest. The thin white shirt he wore clung to his biceps that bulged with each movement he made, and his shoulders stretched the fabric to what looked like ripping point.

The handsome man’s deep brown eyes met with Emma’s light blue as she looked back at him, her heart flipping. The solid square jaw that framed his face was shadowed with scruff, having no doubt grown during one afternoon, and his mouth, though not in as friendly a grin as the first man’s, was turned up in a slight smile.

Never had she seen a man more attractive.

My Review: It's been awhile since I've read a kindle book that I absolutely love!! I thought the dialogue was very real and flowed well; the interactions between characters was realistic as well. I felt like I could see inside the characters and understand them and what made them tick, yet I got a great story in the process.

I don't believe we're given a time period, but I believe it's probably 1800s western (telegraphs, horses, words used, etc). Emma's parents have passed away and she is living with her best friend and sister-in-law, Eliza, and her brother, Seth. They run an inn in town and when two handsome cowboy brothers show up looking for a room, Emma is thrown into a world of confusion and love.

Emma and Thatcher both have insecurities that threaten their relationship. It was nice to see even a manly man feel those kinds of feelings, instead of being all tough and almost feelingless. Emma had a lot going for her, yet she refused to see and believe that someone like Thatcher could possibly be interested in her. Sometimes those types of heroines are annoying, but Emma wasn't.

I loved it from beginning to end and look forward to more of this author's works.

Content: clean. This book is a great deal right now on Amazon--$2.99!! To buy, click here.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really good so I picked it up. I'm impressed with all the good books you find and look forward to your reviews!