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Monday, October 10, 2011

The Measure of Katie Calloway...Review

About the book:
Her heart seeks sanctuary in the deep woods. But will trouble find her even here?

The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway's Georgia home, conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a north woods lumber camp. The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he's hired has the grit to survive the never-ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter. Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love.

With grace and skill, Serena Miller brings to life a bygone era. From the ethereal, snowy forest and the rowdy shanty boys to the warm cookstove and mouth-watering apple pie, every detail is perfectly rendered, transporting you to a time of danger and romance.

When Katie flees the South and her abusive husband, she never dreams of finding a new life in a northern lumber camp.  But, in Robert Foster's lumber camp, she finds safety and security for herself and her young brother.  She keeps her past a secret, but as she cooks for these lumberjacks, she comes to care for them and they for her.  She discovers hidden strengths and new love.  Robert learns to open his heart again as this lovely and competent woman takes over his life and his camp.  When her past returns, Katie and Robert wonder if there is a future for them.

I loved this novel.  I couldn't put it down.  Katie and Robert are fantastic characters. And the lumberjacks!  What a terrific supporting cast of rough hewn, yet compassionate men.  I loved every one of them and I laughed out loud in some parts and sniffled my way through others as Katie grew attached to them and they to her.

Serena Miller has crafted a wonderful, charming story rich with adventure and romance.  This is a book I will read again and I anxiously await more.

Thanks to Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Serena Miller here.  You can purchase your own copy here
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5/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. Oooh, not just 5 stars but "This is a book I will read again." High praise! I'll have to look this one up, thanks!