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Posted February 11, 2014
As one who reads 3 or 4 books per week I have to admit this one took me over a week to finish. While well done and interesting I found it very sad. While accurate for the time I am sure it was difficult reading for me... Also, I read the first book in the series and our female heroine did not appear in Book 1... Therefore the first chapters of Book 2 were largely repeats of Book 1.. I thought that was unusual. Also, the primary characters in Book 1 were all but invisible in Book 2. This is just different from most of the series books that I read. Overall, well written and well done. I will definitely read Luke's story when it is available.
Posted July 22, 2013
Lori Austin is an amazing author! She spins a tale that makes you feel as though you are experiencing it right along with the characters. It takes place during and after the Civil War and the entire premise made me sad - love lost (but was it really lost?). If you read the first one in the series first you'll have met a number of the characters. This book takes place both before and after that story. It explains the background of a number of the characters, which is a lot of fun.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 19, 2013
Annabeth Phelan had grown up tough. With four brothers, she had too. Working at an army hospital was hard, but she handled it, especially when she got to work with Ethan Walsh, a brilliant doctor who’s known for saving lives. As with everything in war, soon things get complicated. When she’s asked to prove that Ethan isn’t a spy, she readily agrees thinking she’ll prove him innocent. When lies start to come to the surface, Ethan and Annabeth find themselves in a difficult situation. Can their love and desire for one another be enough to hold them together?
The second book in the series Once Upon A Time in the West does not disappoint! Lori Austin delivers a captivating story of love, betrayal and redemption. From well-developed characters to a phenomenal plot, this story has all it all. I loved reading Ethan and Annabeth’s story and can’t wait until the third book in the series comes out! I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great historical romance with a western theme! This book was received from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review.
Heat Rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilP
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Posted May 27, 2013
Fantastic book! Lori Austin knows how to write a captivating story. She gives all the details, which allows the reader to put herself into the story and knows exactly what's going on and why. This is the second book in this series. Book 1 was really good! This one, book 2, was amazing!!! Never a dull moment! I can't wait for the next book in this series :) Thank you Lori Austin, you continue to keep us coming back for more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 21, 2013
In my opinion there are three things that make a book good. Great characters, a fast paced story with lots of twists and turns and an unpredictable ending. An Outlaw In Wonderland by Lori Austin has all three of those ingredients. I don’t consider myself a fan of romance novels, in fact in the past I would have seen the cover for this one and avoided it. That being said, this is the second book I've read by Lori Austin and I’m happy to say that my perception of romances was wrong. the characters in Lori’s books are deep and the plot of her story is complex and fascinating.
An Outlaw In Wonderland is the second book in The Once Upon A time in The West series but it is a self-contained story and you won’t get confused if you haven’t read the first one. The story begins with Dr. Ethan Walsh working as a doctor in a confederate hospital. His passion is to save lives and see the Civil War come to an end. He notices the skills of his matron, Annabeth Phelan and makes her his head nurse. Annabeth has another task also, she has to find the Union spy in the hospital.
I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline because I thought the best part of the book was trying to figure out what was going to happen next. From the description you get the idea that the story is mostly going to take place in a confederate hospital but it doesn't take long for it to move on to other locations. My one complaint of this book was that at times it felt like it was moving too fast and a little more time should have been spent on scenes such as when some secrets were found out in Freedom Kansas.
My favorite character in the book was Annabeth, she is a strong female character and nothing like I would expect a woman in a romance novel or a woman in the old west to be like. You see her grow and change throughout the book and even though she is a woman in a time where women were not looked at as equals to men, everyone takes her seriously because she comes across as tough and smart. In one scene after she helps deliver a baby, she says to the woman’s husband: “kiss your wife.” Then Ethan points out when Annabeth uses a certain tone everyone does what she says. I felt this scene really showed the kind of person she was.
I also liked in the story how Lori Austin makes the west come alive with her descriptions of Kansas, the confederate hospital and prison. I really got a feeling of what the time period was like and felt the author did her homework. The love story between Annabeth and Ethan was excellent. There were some great plot twists that made me wonder how this couple was going to end up together. It was obvious how they felt but there were a lot of things keeping them apart and it was interesting to see how they would overcome the obstacles.
I think An Outlaw In Wonderland works on a lot of different levels and even if you are not a fan of historical romances you will enjoy it. Lori Austin is the pen name for Lori Handeland and now that I’ve read a couple of her works I’m looking forward to more in the Once Upon A Time In The West series and to reading her other works as well. Another thing Lori has done for me is make me sorry that I avoided the romance genre for so long, does anyone else know of any good romances out there?
Posted July 5, 2013
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