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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Autumn Song...Review

About the book:
Why does everyone think a girl’s only lot in life is to find a husband and settle down?

Kathleen Muldoon is twenty-three and tired of ranch living. Fiercely independent and determined to become a nurse, she has left her family’s ranch to study medicine under Old Doc Jensen and live in town with her Aunt Mae, who runs a boardinghouse. Daniel Monroe has just arrived in Porterfield to set up his law practice. Sparks fly when he is introduced to Kate at the boardinghouse, but the initial attraction quickly dissolves into an argument—the first of many. Daniel is enamored with Kate but uncomfortable with her independent spirit and dreams of becoming a nurse. 

When trouble erupts between the ranchers and lumberjacks over timber rights, Kate is furious to learn that Daniel has worked out an agreement she believes will destroy her father’s land. Can they overcome their pride and help each other become everything God wants them to be? Set in the late 1800s, the Seasons of the Heart series follows the lives of four women and their families, weaving together their stories of faith, life, and love as they bond in friendship only God could orchestrate.

Kathleen wants nothing more than to be a nurse.  She doesn't want to get married, she doesn't want to fall for the town's new lawyer and she wants her family to let her be.  Daniel just wants a chance to practice law and finds himself attracted to Kate even as he struggles with her desire for independence.  As the two get to know each other, sparks fly and so do challenges.  Together they must manage to figure out their own paths in life and how to merge those paths into one that is pleasing to God.

Second in the Seasons of the Heart series, this is a sequel to Summer Dream.  While it adds depth to have read the first one, it's not necessary and this stands alone well. Like Summer Dream, the language was a bit stilted and formal, but easy to get past.  Kathleen was quite prickly and prone to over reaction which grew a bit tiresome.  However, I liked her and I really liked Daniel.  I enjoyed their story and while somewhat predictable, it was still charming and an entertaining, light read.  I look forward to the third book, Winter Promise.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Charisma Media for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Martha Rogers here.  You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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3/5 Stars

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