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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful Story

After the death of her first husband, Elizabeth Evans has vowed that she would never marry an "army man" again. She couldn't bear the pain. But when she is kidnapped by some rogue Spanish men, she is immediately taken by the handsome Jake Nelson, her rescuer. Throughou...
After the death of her first husband, Elizabeth Evans has vowed that she would never marry an "army man" again. She couldn't bear the pain. But when she is kidnapped by some rogue Spanish men, she is immediately taken by the handsome Jake Nelson, her rescuer. Throughout the next two weeks, Elizabeth and Jake find their mutual attraction somewhat disarming. As they spend time together, while they are taking Elizabeth back to a safe location, they begin to fall in love. Unfortunately the same men who had kidnapped Elizabeth are still on the hunt for her, and Jake has a feeling that they won't stop until Elizabeth is dead.
I though this book was very well written, with great descriptions of everything from the terrain, to the way people looked, to the way they spoke, and such detail is important in a story such as this one. One of the only bad things was that I am not sure of the historical accuracy of a few of the things mentioned HOWEVER I am no history major by any means, and I could be completely wrong! I would recommend this book to those in highschool and up, and I sincerely hope you will buy it!
Sincerely,
Libbi H.

Bethany House Publishers gave me this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

posted by Libbi_Heart on September 8, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Interesting plot, but too formulaic

First, I'll say that when I read Christian fiction, I expect a degree of predictability and stock roles. It's part of the fun (same as romantic comedy movies). This book, however, never moved beyond the cookie cutter romance.

DID LIKE: the setting is interesting, wit...
First, I'll say that when I read Christian fiction, I expect a degree of predictability and stock roles. It's part of the fun (same as romantic comedy movies). This book, however, never moved beyond the cookie cutter romance.

DID LIKE: the setting is interesting, with the threat of war between Texas and Mexico. The plot moves pretty quickly, more action than most Christian fiction. The book begins with the heroine being kidnapped so it starts on an exciting note. One big plus is the absence of any of those annoying filler sub-plots.

DIDN'T LIKE: the characters are not drawn out. We're just hit over the head with what they are. Elizabeth Evans is the typical, spirited heroine. Jake Nelson, the Texas Ranger who rescues her, is a caricature. He's strong, silent, tough, cool, and did I mention strong? He's told a lot of women good-bye, and being married is the laaaast thing on his mind---you know the rest.

The book is very disjointed. I often found myself turning pages back to see if I'd missed something. In one scene, Elizabeth launches into a rant about how Jake thinks children and needlepoint are the only contributions women can make. It comes out of nowhere and with no basis. It's just a choppy scene inserted to build tension, and that's a pattern in this book. The author's writing is clunky at times to("She lowered her eyes, unsettled by a tug of attraction to this big, slow-talking man. The wrong man"). Groan-inducing.

Finally, there were some absurd improprieties for the time. E.g. Jake kissing her in her nightgown, inviting her to stay at his place overnight, bringing her coffee in bed, etc.

If you like romances where the characters are constantly fighting their feelings, kissing furiously, clamming up (repeated every 20 pages or so), this is the book for you.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Bethany House as part of their Reader Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review.

posted by Wooble85 on October 19, 2011

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

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    A good story line that seems to have a few inaccuracies.

    I am not a historian by any means, but this book is perhaps one of the obvious historically inaccurate books I've read. A River to Cross is about the very quickly progressed romance of Elizabeth and Jake. In the very beginning he rescues her after she kidnapped by Mexicans who are in a feud with Texans. From that point on he is trying protest her from being kidnapped again since they want her as leverage considering he status as someone's in government's daughter.
    As I said there were many inaccuracies from what I could tell. There were two very obvious things to me though. One was that the lead characters kissed a lot. I'm very sure public affection was not that approved of in the 1800s, but yet these two were at each other's lips almost every chapter. There is nothing wrong with that, but it doesn't seem to match with how reserved most women, and society viewed conducting themselves in public. Now if she was working in a saloon under a mistress, and trying to seduce men it would have made more sense. The second thing was only one sentence, but it bugged me the entire time, because I've always known this. There is one woman who is insecure about her body, so she wears her dresses baggy to conceal that she feel she is overweight. If anyone knows anything about whatever then you know thin was not in for the women of the 1800s. Men loved women with lots of curves, and were voluptuous. A woman would have not been trying to conceal, but instead play up in the best way she could that she was extra endowed in certain areas, such as most notably the breast! Have you ever watched a movie from those periods that tried to cover those up?
    I did finish reading this book, which at least says that it vaguely kept my interest enough for me to do so. After the first few pages the action seemed repetitive, and the romance wasn't very deep. It seemed everything was happening, to just be happening. It was thankfully a quick read, so it didn't have to keep my interest long.
    If you are a fan of these historical, Christian, romance novels, then you'll probably love it. I'm not a consistent fan of them. I'm struggling to find many that know how to make deep, believable characters.

    This complimentary copy was provided by Bethany House in exchange for a review.

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