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Posted January 8, 2011
Jane Albright, is a widow. A widow who was married to a worthless man, who gambled away his business, and their home. Franklin Lloyd is the man who holds the note that turns her homestead over to him. Determined to somehow, someway keep her home, she comes up with a plan.
Unfortunately, Jane is not dealing with an honest man, when she makes a deal with Trent Bedlow to haul freight for him to make money to pay off her debt to Franklin Lloyd. She never dreams he will hold her hostage, and take her son to keep her hostage to him. The nightmare that follows is full of horrors that Jane could never begin to dream of. Will she ever escape the madness of Trent Bedlow?
Franklin Lloyd knows that something is not right with the entire situation, but has no idea how to help Jane. She seems to be willingly staying with that snake Bedlow and Franklin is baffled. Once he learns that Bedlow had her son, he understood why Jane would not leave with him.
A story that is full of excitement, and will have you amazed at the debauchery of an entire town. The ending was a bit anti-climatic, but I enjoyed the book greatly. Truly a must read for LFY fans and for fans of historical romance books. I enjoyed this story greatly and was tickled to find that Tracey Cross is one of the names that Tracey Bateman writes under. 316 pages $12.99 US 5 stars.
This book was provided for review purposes from Christian Bookworm Reviews. No payment was received for this review.
Posted October 23, 2010
In 1879 recently widowed and pregnant single mom Jane Albright learns from her late spouse Tom's freight delivery partner Hank of the note signed by her just buried husband to avaricious moneylender Franklin Lloyd. Hank says he and his wife are leaving for Oregon as he has given up on the business. He says he warned Tom not to sign using his homestead as collateral but he did; payment is passed due, which means she and five years old Danny could be homeless.
Desperate to save her home and the freight business, Jane travels to nearby Deadwood, South Dakota to beg for an extension. Franklin grants Jane an extension of six months to pay off her dead husband's note or lose everything. However, as she works diligently earning the respect and admiration of Franklin, Trent Bedlow tells her he loves her. With the help of her friend Molly, Jane sees beneath Trent's veneer of caring and Franklin's wall of indifference to the souls of each. Realizing he is losing Jane and her property, Trent kidnaps her leaving it to Franklin to try to rescue the women he loves.
This is an intriguing Americana romance that brings to life the late nineteenth century in Deadwood, South Dakota. The lead trio forges an interesting triangle as Jane learns the hard way never to judge a book by its cover. Although the climax is abrupt and leaves too much dangling especially since history buffs and romance readers will know what is coming, fans will enjoy this entertaining historical.
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Posted October 4, 2010
If it's at all possible for a book to be re-written, this is the book. The author,Tracey Cross, could have used some guidance and opinions. I wanted so much to like this book as I am a fan of Christian fiction and of Deadwood.The storyline was terrific, but the story itself needed desperate help.I gave this book two stars. One for the excellent storyline and the second for the fact that had it been written better, I would want a continuing series about these characters. The rest of the stars weren't given because of the way the story was written, the holes and many questions that were left unanswered and the sloppiness of the way she threw in the fire at the end. We all know the fire is key because that's what really happened in Deadwood, but she just made it an after thought and couldn't come up with an ending on her own and tossed it in there to make it look better. But there was no correlation between the fire and the story. Poor job.
First off, the paragraph on the back of the book, describes Franklin Lloyd as a greedy moneylender and he was Jane's greatest enemy. Reading the book, I didn't at all think of Mr. Lloyd the way he was described on the back cover. I fell in love with him instantly. If I were I were Mr. Lloyd and this famikly owes me money because of the deadbeat dad, I would want my land too!
Another problem I had with the book was the main character Jane. Very wonderful, independent, headstrong woman with excellent morals. She was very stubborn. Her stubborness was addressed a thousand times in the book and it was very obnoxious. I was starting to think of Jane more as stupid and moronic than stubborn. The author just needs to know when to quit. Trent Bedlow was an excellent character. He played the villian. He was in love with Jane and Jane didn't love him. The dialogue between the two was very irritating to read. Everytime, I read their conversations I was embarrased for the writer. I don't know how many times it was stressed that Jane was proper with good morals and she didn't feel it to be right that he called her Jane, or that it was improper for him to touch her back or arm and she shouldn't live with him. I didn't like how Jane always talked down to him, I just wanted to kick her myself. This is your captor Jane, just play along until Franklin rescues you. It was her attitude for giving Trent reasons for her not to trust him. If she played Lovee from the begining, she might have gotten walking privelages and be able to make the escape or rescue easier. Ms. Cross needs to develop her charcters a little better and work on dialogue. The ending was a mishmosh. You don't know how the rescue came to be. It was like the author got a call that the book needed to be finished in a half an hour and she rushed an ending. You don't know how they ended to be up where they were and how these characters appeared out of nowhere... it made no sense. Molly was in the saloon at the end and disappeared off the face of the earth. Did she burn to death? did she escape? Did she go with Jane and be a happy little family? That was one of the holes. Molly was had a small role in the book, but it was important role because Jane was always worried about her and her well-being. Her character helped Jane figure out the evil in Trent and she was dropped like a biscuit. The children's escape was dumb and confusing. I wish this story was re-written by someone with experience. I would definately read the new version, if that were the case.