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Posted August 6, 2012
I really enjoyed the characters in this short historical, set in eastern Oregon's rugged high desert in 1918. Gracie is an engaging heroine - lively and a little outspoken for a young woman of her day, but also endearing with her quick, tender heart. Consumed with finding the elusive government agent "Striker," Gracie faces challenges and truths about people that test what she's really made of. She finds herself growing away from sheltered, pampered socialite and into a young woman of grace and strength.
Trevor is also an intriguing character, a hero with great balance of inner angst, flaws, and noble strengths. I enjoyed getting to know Gracie and Trevor and watching the way each of their lives were changed by their unlikely friendship--which included a "proper" but healthy dose of chemistry. I enjoy a love story in which people not only find love, but also find things like healing, grace, courage, and deeper faith in God. Overall, this was a very sweet, enjoyable romance.
Posted June 10, 2012
Gracelyn Riley has lofty ambitions for her life. She wants to become a newspaper journalist, but even more, she wants to interview the dazzling FBI agent Striker, who's adventurous tales keep appearing in the Boston newspapers. When she heads to Oregon to stay with her uncle during the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918, she sees this as her perfect chance to find, interview, and declare her love for the mysterious Striker.
There's only one problem: her uncle won't let her do any investigating on Striker. Her uncle's strictness would of course be because he already knows who Striker is and is trying to protect Striker. So Gracie wiles away the fall season, choring and trying to investigate, and realizing that she's falling in love with the handsome ranch hand, Trevor Cruz.
Who also happens to be Striker.
I enjoyed this novel. It's has a determined heroine and equally determined hero, and boy does that determination lead to some sparks along the way. A cast of interesting minor characters also make the story rather delightful, and it has an ending that I didn't completely inspect. All in all, if you're looking for a fun western with a touch of adventure and a lot of spunk, then you've found a great book in Love on the Range.
Posted June 3, 2012
Gracelyn is sent west to live with her uncle due to a bad out break of influenza. Gracelyn was not very happy about being sent away but once she found out that she was heading to the same area the mysterious special agent “Striker” is believed to be living she grows excited to find him and get an interview so that once she returns east she can get a job as a reporter and not have to live by her parents rules.
Trevor work at Gracelyn’s uncles ranch and when Gracelyn keeps trying to find Striker he realizes he is going to have to keep an eye on her so she does not find out who he really is. The more he is around her though the more he starts to think about having a family yet his past could stop all that. Plus with a bad guy wanting revenge he has to focus on keeping her safe not falling in love.
This was a great book I really enjoyed it. It had a good mixture of romance and suspense to keep it interesting. This is the first book by this author and I hope it’s the first of many!
What I liked: I really like Gracelyn. She was a rich girl but she was willing to work plus she was just fun to read about. He mouth was always getting her in trouble which results in a few laughs. Trevor was also a interesting person and I felt his character was well developed. I also found the storyline dealing with the early FBI quite interesting. The supporting character such as her uncle and James where fun and I kind of hope maybe they will be back in some other books.
What I did not like: I was hoping the suspense part of the plot was going to be a little more exciting and I felt a little let down with how that part ended. I also have to say the cover photo of Trevor is not at all how I pictured him. Not that it matters of course.
Posted May 17, 2012
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Reviewed by Ursula
Review Copy Provided by the Author
Love on the Range is an inspired and clean Christian romance. Gracie is a naive and pampered socialite that is sent to stay with her uncle in Oregon to avoid the flu pandemic sweeping the nation. While she is naive and pampered, she is sweet and accepting of others.
In the beginning, she comes across as snobby, the way she ‘assumes’ certain things about people due to first impressions and appearances. Luckily she gets over that early on in the story, with the help of Trevor Cruz, her uncle’s right hand man.
Trevor has been through more than most men twice his age and has a lot to overcome. He wants a normal life, a wife and kids; but there are things he has to take care of before he can even consider any of these things. Unfortunately, Gracie has a way of making him feel things he isn’t quite ready to feel.
The story is a good one and I enjoyed it very much. Gracie was a bit irritating at the beginning, but I think it was important that she was so you can see how she’s grown by the end of the story. I love the interaction between Uncle Lou, Mary, Trevor and Gracie. The dynamics between them all work well together.
Other than Gracie’s petulance in the beginning, the only thing that I found boring was the constant mention of the elusive Striker; the government agent that was a ghost…Gracie’s desire to find him gets old. I think the story would have worked just as well if Striker wasn’t her single minded focus throughout most of the story.
The Christian theme is strong but not overpowering. Miss. Nelson did an excellent job of intertwining Christianity, history, struggle for women’s rights and an unlikely romance. I would enjoy reading other books by her.
Posted April 18, 2012
Love on the Range by Jessica Nelson
Gracie Riley wants independence. She is the only child to a wealthy Boston couple. Gracie lives the socialite life at home but has a spark of adventure in her. Her parents shocked her by announcing her engagement to Hugh even after she had refused. Now she has a new goal...find Special Agent Striker, interview him and become a reporter for the woman’s magazine. If she can earn a living on her own she could break out of her gilded cage. Opportunities door just opened for her as well through the influenza outbreak. She is being sent to her Uncle Lou's in Oregon and he lives near Burns, the town where the latest reports of Striker sightings have been. Gracie finds her task much harder when she arrives, seems the town wants to protect Striker.
Trevor Cruz lives and works on the ranch with Lou but they work together on more then ranching. When Lou's nosy niece comes to the ranch asking all types of questions about Striker he fears she will stir up more then she realizes. Mendez is in the area, an outlaw who kidnaps women and sells them. Mary is hidden out on the ranch after being rescued from Mendez and the last thing they need is Gracie to bring him to their front door.
A unique story. Gracie believes herself to be in love with Striker and her need to find him is fierce. Yet she finds herself being pulled toward Trevor. The story gives a glimpse of what the reality of an epidemic could have on people...losing friends and family to it. The danger's of the wild untamed lands and the fight for women to be heard...and to wear trousers. I really enjoyed this book. It had unique heroes and heroines and of course it had it's villains as well.
**Received through NetGalley for review.
Posted April 9, 2012
Fresh, New Voice!
I've recently finished debut author Jessica Nelson's recently released Love Inspired Historical, Love on the Range. Set during the flu epidemic of the early 1900's, a young socialite sets out for the West to make a name for herself by finding an elusive lawman, Striker, to interview. She hopes by securing an exclusive with the man both rumored to be a child-killer and the savior of kidnapped women, she would earn a position at a prominent paper and live her life as she pleased, instead of marrying a complete bore at the request of her parents.
I thought Jessica's voice was quite fresh, the pacing of her scenes just right (except the almost-kissing scenes--you really could have dragged those out, for my sake), and her hero appropriately hunky. In fact, the thing I liked most about this book was the hero. Most everything he said was summed up in five words or less, which I thought was quite funny. The heroine would be blabbing and she'd ask a question and get a "Yep" or a shrug, or scowl...okay that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it made him real country-like and a stark contrast to her Boston upbringing. He seemed to have a slight temper too, which I thought added a bit more depth to his character. All male heroes can't be patient and understanding all the time, right? Don't worry; it never got out of hand.
I also enjoyed the history that was woven into the plot. The influenza epidemic that was killing people off by the truckloads, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were both quite interesting elements. I hadn't realized the Bureau was established as such that early in history. It's always fun when you learn something new from a fiction book!
I'm sure we'll be seeing more titles from Ms. Nelson!
Posted April 4, 2012
This book was a delight to read. The opposite personalities of the two main characters provided plenty of spark. And if you like a spunky heroine, you won't be disappointed with Gracie. She delivered some lines that had me laughing out loud. With a little humor, suspense, and lots of romance, this book has it all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2012
Review:Love on the Range Jessica Nelson
A Good relaxing read about a bad time in history. It must have been scary seeing all the deaths from the Spanish influenza.
Gracelyn is from a rich old family Boston who are sending her out west so she won't get the flue. Grace only agreed to go because she found out that the goverment spy Striker lives out their and if she can interview him she will get a full time reporter job. She wants to be independant.
Her parents also arrainged a mairrage for her even though she has told Huge she does not want to marry him. Told parents that she does not want it. But they even annouced the engagement in the newspaper. Her parents stopped her writing articles for a newspaper. Want her to spend lots of time sewing. Father does not think women should work or vote.
Grace does not know her Uncle Lou because her father and him don't get along. At the train station she meets Trevor and talks his ear off. Then she is surprised he works for her Uncle and has a small house on his ranch.
Her Uncle Lou besides Trevor has James and Mary.
Mary was the first woman Striker rescued from kidnapper and has been hiding out on the ranch from him since.
No one talks about Striker what he looks like or lives that knows him or guesses who he is. Grace has heard about the women he has rescued and builds him up and has a crush on the idea of him.
Lot of people think Striker is bad because he has killed a lot of bad men that the goverment wanted,while rescuing the women.
They don't want Grace to go to town to ask more questions about Striker.
I really enjoyed this story did not have to worry about swearing or sex scenes and look forward to more books from Jessica
I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley
04/03/2012 PUB Harlequin Love Inspired Historical
Posted April 1, 2012
Love on the Range by Jessica Nelson
Gracie has arrived by wagon and will stay with Uncle Lou. He has a ranch in Oregon and his housekeeper is Mary. Trevor who picked her up at the station is also watching Mary to be sure none kidnap her or do worse.
Gracie has escaped the disease in the East and hopes to meet the notorious Mr. Striker as she's written some articles for publication.
She can't believe they don't really pray at meals or go to church so she will tag along with Mary when she meets up with friends on Sunday. Gracie did get in the back of the wagon and hitched a ride to town to find out if anybody knew where Striker was. The Government is also looking for him.
She is beside herself when her parents show up with a guest before Christmas. She is still trying to find out more about Striker but she has also done some other investigating not business matters.
Gracie is very opinionated and likes to have her freeedom of speech and dress and it's sometimes getting her into trouble by voicing her opinions and doing things not normal for woman of her station.
Trevor talks to her of God and thinks she can understand the way he feels about that.
Now there is another mystery to solve, it just never ends...
Love tale of the government and talk of how the FBI first started out.
Really enjoyed the ranch live and hidden secrets and other mysteries.
Posted May 11, 2012
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Posted April 13, 2012
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