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Posted May 30, 2012
I was excited to begin this book as it takes place at the turn of the century in 1901. I enjoy period romances and I thought it was just want I needed; no bad boy alpha-male in sight, just a simple man with a seemingly simple life...
Jim Kinney's life is anything but "simple", as he is an underpaid stable hand and unfortunately, in his foreseeable furture, also born deaf. Catherine Johnson, a previous New York schoolteacher, who has just arrived in this Nebraska small town, will soon teach a one-room school which will also help her escape the sad memories of losing the only man she has ever loved.
While shopping in town one afternoon, Catherine witnesses several men torturing Jim and in their dunken state, they beat and eventually tie and drag him from the back of a frightened horse. Luckily, Catherine is able to stop the chaos but not before Jim's injuries are so severe that he is bed-ridden for several days.
Most people in town only think of Jim as "slow" and would never take the time to realize he's anything but. Socially, stable hands are at the bottom of the heap, although, Catherine notices Jim's obvious intelligence and as he begins to heal, Catherine also decides to take charge of his education - teaching him to read, write and sign - and that's when a forbidden attraction grows between them.
I really wanted to like this story, although it fell short due to the way this author presented it's third person narrative, hurried nature and lack of character development - not to mention the fact that I was quite truthfully, bored. This book showed great promise, however, the way it was told just couldn't keep that promise - at least for me.
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Posted December 20, 2014
Bonnie has an exceptional gift for letting us see through the eyes of her characters. Jim is caught in a silent world and in a time where those who are not "normal" are thought to be weak minded. Catherine is an amazing heroine; strong, kind, giving and willing to stand up to those would cause harm. As she teaches Jim sign language she begins to learn who the real man is inside, she finds someone passionate, gentle, caring and intelligent. I liked that she saw Jim as whole and an equal. I read this one in one go it was so good.
Posted September 5, 2014
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Catherine Johnson has traveled to a small town in Nebreska to become the town’s teacher and to escape the painful memories of her dead fiancee. She never expects that she would have to come to rescue of the deaf man after she seems him brutally beaten. She also never expects the instant connection and attraction she feels towards him. But taking another risk on love may require more courage than she possess, especially with the huge difference in their social stations.
I grabbed this book on impulse as I wanted something a little bit different, and it isn’t often you get a deaf hero, but I admit to a little bit of disappointment. Not because the book is awful, it just never managed to snag my interest and have me eager to read more. It was all a little ordinary.
I did like the hero Jim, it was hard not to, he was so completely and sometimes naively in love with Catherine, that it was almost heartbreaking. My heart wanted to shake Catherine and ask how she could even think of rejecting a man so perfect. However, my head reasoned that what she was feeling was probably completely right and someone of her station would think twice before committing to a virtually penniless odd jobs man with no prospects, deaf or not.
There was also a slight intrigue element in this book, with a baddie in the background trying to buy up the town. Which, our hero and heroine managed to get embroiled in. It was only a small part of the story and was basically used to usher the romance along, but it did add some excitement.
Not one of my favourite reads, but also not awful, it just never really caught my attention and I imagine this will be a book that I quickly forget.
Posted August 4, 2014
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