Sunday, August 17, 2014

Review: Willow Springs by Carolyn Steele

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Willow Springs 
Willow Springs by Carolyn Steele
Published: August 2014, Cedar Fort Publishing & Media, 240 pages
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Description: Discover true love on the Utah frontier! Crissa Engleson is searching for a new life in the town of Willow Springs when she attracts the unwanted attention of a miner—and falls in love with a handsome Express rider. Laugh and cry with Crissa as she escapes her past to find love and helps the townspeople along the way.
My Review: I just had a family reunion and hearing the stories of my great-grandmother's life made me really appreciate how difficult it was for the immigrants coming to America in the 1800s. Crissa's family came from Sweden and due to a debt, she was placed in a position that she never would have dreamed herself in. She finds herself in Willow Springs, trying to get a new start in life, and lands right in the center of a lot of unwanted attention.

There were moments in the story where I almost felt lost--I kept thinking there was more to the story and characters, or even some back story that I was missing out on, but for the most part, things came together. There was a mystery element, on several different levels, that was fun and kept the storyline moving right along. 

The characters were a lot of fun. I enjoyed the good friendships that Crissa made, wherever she went. I enjoyed the romance that blossomed and was heartbroken at the twist. In fact, there were a lot of twists and turns that really kept me on my toes and had me wondering about what could possibly happen next.

Content: no language; there are a few LDS references and general religious thoughts/scripture; mild-moderate violence (a lot of deaths, shootings, mention of rape and abuse--not graphic);  mild romance (kissing). I would consider it a clean read for an older reader.

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