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A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012


    Quick witted, fun writting style, adorable romance. The author weaves history in with just the right touch and keeps you guessing how it all will end. I'll be looking for more bythis author.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Dodge City Comes Alive

    This historical view of Dodge City is realistic and gives in depth information about photography processes of the time, and the descriptions are in fine detail. The reader feels they are walking the streets of Dodge City. The characterization is well-written and we get several characters’ points of view as it is important. We see our hero’s insecurity, yet also see him as a strong character. The heroine is someone to fall in love with and we learn more of her past as we read. We also see that she can stand up and be strong. I enjoyed that the author brought in a historical figure, Bat Masterson. This was a figure I grew up hearing about through history classes and readings, and Ms Vetsch remained true to the historical character, yet made him real.

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

    wonderful story of overcoming the past

    A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas by Erica Vetsch is a story about the lives of two people who are ashamed of their past; a past that binds them together in unexplicable ways. Ms. Vetsch pulls you into the thoughts, fears, and trials of Adeline and Miles with her excellent writing. We get to see how they overcome their own fears by focusing on the well being of others instead of just themselves.

    Well-written books allow us to see through the eyes of the characters and this one falls easily into this category. I enjoyed the book from beginning to end and look forward to reading more of this author's work.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

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    A Fun-filled Old West Romance

    A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas by Erica Vetsch is delightful-doubly delightful in fact. Not only does the reader enjoy the tale of spunky photographer Adeline Reid and hunky deputy Miles Carr, but that of a second deputy and his shopkeeper's assistant sweetheart as well. Vetsch has crafted engaging characters I liked from the start. Addie's strength is admirable, but its her sheltered heart that drew me in. Miles is bold on the job, but he harbors doubts about his new-found faith that give him an endearing, vulnerable side. Vetsch brings Dodge City to life with her vivid imagery and does an excellent job with historical detail, weaving it in seamlessly. There's plenty of action and mystery to keep a reader flipping pages to find out whodunnit. And the touches of humor are a real treat. If you enjoy an Old West romance with plenty of heart-and a healthy dose of heart-pounding action-this is a story you won't want to miss.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    I enjoyed this book

    This interesting book might take place in Dodge-but it's not "Gunsmoke."
    The setting is not the Long Branch Saloon, with its "attached" brothel. Much of this book takes place in a photography studio, the sheriff's office, the mercantile, and the Wild West's streets.
    The leading man does carry guns on his hips, and he's a deputy working for the legendary Bat Masterson. Of course, the leading lady is the photographer.
    But another deputy, a gal that works at the mercantile, a slick handsome gambler that says he works for the railroad, also play a big part.
    I wouldn't be surprised to see a western like this written by a blacksmith, but a female wordsmyth who creates a symphony with words while she wraps the reader around her plot's baton?
    The whole book has a voice and style I enjoyed. The description is vivid and the characters so believable I probably will think of them when I pass through Dodge again.
    Here are a few samples of Erica's writing:
    Page 15: The smells of ink and beeswax furniture polish drifted over her. Everything in this bank bespoke of prosperity, from the shiny woodwork to the burgundy velvet wallpaper to the gleaming brass hardware. A row of teller windows took up the left-hand wall. Patrons stood patiently in line waiting for their turns, and Addie took her place at the tail end.
    "Lord, please let the bank manager understand.."
    Page 47: Miles' chest squeezed. Just because something was legal didn't make it right. The gambling, drinking, and immorality of Dodge City flew in the face of everything his newfound faith and God's Word told him.
    Page 255: Miles stared down at the unconscious form now sprawled across the bunk in the first cell. "I'm surprised you stood it for as long as you did. He had no call to say those things about Fran. He's sloppy drunk, and he's mean afterward." And more slippery than a pickled onion.
    This is one of those books that caught me in its pages and I found myself reading late into the night and once during a meal.
    I love this era, and I enjoy good writing. I definitely will be interested in reading more of Erica Vetsch's books.
    NOTE: I was provided a review copy of this book.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

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    Fascinating Read!

    Nothing brings Addie Reid more pleasure than standing behind her Chevalier and capturing the potential of a person, and no place proves to be a more opportune locale for her portrait studio than Dodge City, Kansas--Queen of the Cattle Towns. When a dangerous acquaintance from her past steps into Dodge City, everything she has worked to build--and conceal--is threatened. Just sworn in as a deputy of Dodge City, Miles Carr longs to prove himself as a lawman. He also longs to court the beautiful female photographer. When a shopkeeper's murder occurs, Miles's investigation leads him to the portrait studio. As he works to unravel the truth behind the murder, he uncovers pieces of Addie's past that not only threaten to expose his own secrets, but that threaten to tear him and Addie apart. A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City is both entertaining and engaging. Erica Vetsch is careful to never reveal anything too early as she takes readers through unpredictable twists to unravel a plot with layers that will keep you hanging on every word. She constantly raises the stakes, continuing to plunge us deeper into the lives of characters who are just as much a mystery as the plot the itself. Her careful research of the early processing techniques and art of photography is meticulous, and she skillfully takes advantage of every detail she hands the reader. I especially loved the use of early photographic forensics in this novel. While it makes a minor appearance in the pages of this story, its use is fitting and written naturally into the plot. The romance element isn't as strong when compared to most historical romances, but she still arouses the reader with a heart-pounding affair. I recommend this novel to anyone who loves historicals and mysteries. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Great Read!

    A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas by Erica Vetsch ISBN 978-1-61626-506-9 Erica brings the reader to Dodge City, Kansas in 1878. We see cowboys who just brought cattle in, hear the music and ramblings from the saloons, laughter and drinking. We meet Sheriff Bat Masterson. And we meet Deputy Miles Carr, Deputy Jonas Spooner, Addie Reid & Fran Seaton and there is where the story is. Addie Reid has a photography shop and a deep secret. Uncle Carl and Addie had to leave Adeline and start over. Uncle Carl died and Addie takes the blame for having their lives ruined and the stress of everything. She is determined to pay the mortgage and continue her photography. She has to as it is all she knows. If her secret ever is found out she would be ruined once again. And seeing Vin Rutter in town could be an end to all she has. Miles Carr has just be deputized under the great Bat Masterson. He is going to shake his past history of being connected with the wrong people, not that he will let anyone know. He holds his secret close so he won't be judged or hung because of his past. Fran works at the Mercantile. The more she flirts with the cowboys the more they buy and the happier Hap and Wally are. The two cousins inherited the store from their grandfather. They fight often and Hap is a great guy but he'd rather gamble then help out in the story. Fran is looking for that tall dark stranger to come and give her the adventure she craves but her four protective brothers only trust Jonas, boring unexciting Jonas. Jonas has loved Fran and always prayed she would one day be his. Frustration and jealousy hit him every time he walks in the store to see her flirting with another cowboy. When she gives her attentions to Vin Rutter it really bothers Jonas as something about the man seems untrustworthy. On the fourth of July a series of events changes the lives of these four people in big ways. A fire in livery causes Miles to leave his post, when he returns a man is dead. Later that evening they go in the Addie's shop to find everything destroyed and the next night her room in the boarding house is as well. This is well written and she keeps the reader guessing on who done it. Book received through NetGalley for review

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas

    Adeline Reed is photographer in Dodge City, Kansas. She has a past that is less than savory past that she wants to keep buried.
       Deputy Miles Carr also has an unsavory past that he hopes will never get out despite his convictions about not telling.
       When the general store owner comes up dead, Miles is put on the case to find the killer. Addie takes a picture of the scene of the crime and it might hold secrets as to who the killer really is. So they work together to solve the case and find how it's connected to the break ins at Addie's business and boarding room.
       This is a pleasant read. The descriptions draw you into the story and don't let you go until the very end. But, because it draws you in, you don't really realize until you pit it down that the action didn't start until almost the end.
       Addie and Miles' romance is sweet and somewhat simple, while the romance of Fran and Jonas is complicated and requires a rescue by Jonas for the romance to get a shove.
        The suspense part of the book isn't really suspenseful, it doesn't really leave you wondering or even make you stay up all night reading or thinking about it. The reason: it's predictable. I figured out who the killer was about halfway through the suspense portion of the book, but I won't tell who just in case you don't know. Also the killer wasn't a believable one.
       The story did end well though, it tied up all the loose ends nicely, but it just didn't wow me. In fact, I opened this book with high hopes of a suspenseful romance only to close it feeling jilted.
       Overall, it's a nice romance, but the mystery is predictable and unbelievable. I'd recommend this book for teens and adults. I give this book a three out of five.

    I received this book free from NetGalley and Barbour Publishings for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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    Posted November 13, 2011

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