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Posted September 11, 2013
Although I really enjoyed the writing style of Ms. Gaffney, I didn’t realize how much con artists posing as a nun and a blind man would bother me. Hopefully, you’ll have a better time of it.
Author: Patricia Gaffney
Source: Open Road via Netgalley
Posted June 25, 2013
Crooked Hearts is a Must Read!
I absolutely loved Crooked Hearts by Patricia Gaffney. The concept of this novel was fresh and new; nothing like any other romance that I have read in the past. The writing of this historical romance was awesome. It transports you into the story so it’s like you are right alongside the characters investing you into the story so you cannot wait to find out what happens next.
The story starts out with you meeting a nun who is travelling to collect donations on a stagecoach. Sitting across from her is a blind man, Reuben Jones, who is preying on unsuspecting travelers. However, they are both con artists trying to con money out of travelers to pay off debts that they have accrued. When their stagecoach is robbed and they lose all the money they have collected, they decide to work together to get their money back. The hardest part of this arrangement will be to trust each other since they are both lying to each other and are really good at cons. This story takes you on wild rides meeting other con artists and many adventures ensue. But will they be able to pull off the perfect scam before they lose everything?
This novel was supposed to be taking place in the 1880s. The one downfall that I found in this book was that to me it did not seem to stay “in character” for the whole novel. Parts of it seemed like it took place in the 1800s but for the most part it seemed like it was happening now. However with that being said, I do not feel like this took anything away from the story itself, I just found I had to keep reminding myself that it was in the 1800s. Overall, I highly recommend reading this book if you like romance and you want to read a storyline that hasn’t been overdone.
Posted January 12, 2012
It’s wonderful to see Patricia Gaffney’s historical romance becoming available as ebooks; she writes some of the best prose in the genre and shouldn’t be missed. You never know quite what you’ve going to get from Gaffney, in terms of period, characters or style: Crooked Hearts, the story of two charmingly larcenous characters in late 1800’s California, is one of her funniest books, as Rueben and Grace try to outwit each other, are forced to join forces, and wind up falling in love.
There’s just something irresistible about romances in which both characters are on the shady side; I'm still smiling at how both of them find themselves willing to give everything up for love, despite neither trusting the other an inch.
If you've never read Gaffney's romance and are wary of the "old skool" elements in some of her books, this would be a great place to start; it hasn't dated at all.
Posted March 24, 2013
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