Pieces of Sky

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Jessica Thornton is a long way from her native England. An author and milliner, she carries the weight of a scandalous secret-a horrible shame that has brought her to the West on a desperate search for the only family she can trust: her brother. No one prepared Jessica for the heat and the hardships-or for a man like Brady Wilkins, a man strong enough to carve out a home in the wilderness, and passionate enough to restore her faith in herself and in her heart.

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Overview

Jessica Thornton is a long way from her native England. An author and milliner, she carries the weight of a scandalous secret-a horrible shame that has brought her to the West on a desperate search for the only family she can trust: her brother. No one prepared Jessica for the heat and the hardships-or for a man like Brady Wilkins, a man strong enough to carve out a home in the wilderness, and passionate enough to restore her faith in herself and in her heart.

2011 RITA Winner for Best First Book

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In her auspicious debut, Warner kicks off the Blood Rose trilogy by introducing the Wilkins brothers—Brady, Andrew “Jack” Jackson, and Patrick “Hank” Henry—of RosaRoja in 1869's New Mexico Territory. On a stagecoach ride destined for disaster, eldest brother Brady encounters prim, proper, and very pregnant Jessica Abigail Rebecca Thornton, a flame-haired authoress, milliner, and British heiress. On the run from her violent, controlling brother-in-law, John Crawford, and searching for her brother, George Adrian, Jessica is in danger of losing her Northumberland estate and determined to find a way to hold onto it. Brady offers refuge, and Warner develops their romance with well-paced finesse and great character work. Along with greedy, domineering John, vengeful ex-con Sancho Ramirez (whose father was RosaRoja's former owner) and his murderous half-brother also threaten the couple's happiness. While following her protagonists overcoming enemies within and without, Warner makes great use of the vivid Old West setting. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425232149
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Series: Blood Rose Trilogy Book 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kaki Warner is an award-winning author and long time resident of the Pacific Northwest. Although she now lives on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, Kaki actually grew up in the Southwest and is a proud graduate of the University of Texas. Kaki now spends her time gardening, hiking, reading, writing, and soaking in the view from the deck of their hilltop cabin with her husband and floppy-eared hound dog.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    GREAT BOOK!!!

    FABULOUS! Fascinating characters, intriguing plot, captivating setting. Could not wait to read the 2nd book in the trilogy- Open Country. I thoroughly enjoyed this author's voice, great humor, and sensitivity. A book I could not put down until I finished it, and then was sad it was over. Pieces of Sky made me laugh aloud and weep salty tears. I absolutely loved it, and would recommend it to ALL!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2010

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    Boring

    This book had so much potential. She should of stuck to one main plot. It just drug on for me, it kept building up and then let you down. The worst was the ending. Having you up and down the whole long book, and then the ending which could of redeemed a lot just wrapped up in a couple simple no feeling pages. It just didnt do it for me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    Wonderful

    This book was such a wonderful find. The plot sounded interesting, and didn't fail to provide great detail and extraordinary character development. I absolutely loved the differences between the two main characters, and how it was discussed and acknowledged and made each other treasure the other even more. The background and historical facts of the Old West have been fascinating. Its been hard to put down and I was thrilled to find out that there will be two more novels. I will be looking forward to reading the adventures of the other two brothers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2010

    I loved it!

    I found this to be a very exciting historical novel. It has everything from a great hero and a lovely heroin to adventure, romance and suspense. Brady and Jessica are such an exciting couple. I could not put it down and am so excited to read the rest of The Blood Rose Trilogy! Kaki Warner is a great new author for your reading lists.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2009

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    This is an exciting western romance

    In 1869, humiliated pregnant heiress Jessica Thornton decides to leave England after being raped by her brother-in-law John Crawford. She heads to the home of her brother George Adrian in the New Mexico Territory fearing it may cost her property she owns in Northumberland to abusive John, but staying might mean her life. However, the coach she rides crashes.

    Brady Wilkins joins the coach, which soon afterward crashes. He gets help and soon takes the English runaway and the other stranded people to his nearby ranch RosaRoja. As she heals and stays behind after the others leave, they fall in love in spite of her delicate condition. However, she fears John will come and harm her host; and he has his own trepidations involving his brothers and the ranch. Their pasts will give them no choice but to bond in love

    This is an exciting western romance that will be on the short list of fans as one of the sub-genre's best books of the year due to the dark grittiness of the plot. The lead couple is a wonderful pairing of "Her Ladyship" and a rancher with both having issues to face. Those issues arrive to haunt each of them and intrude on their growing love for one another. The first of the tales of three brothers, Pieces of Sky is a winner.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    My favorite love story

    I love this book

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

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    Overall Rating:  4.90 // Action: 3.0 / Emotion: 5.5 / Romance: 5

    Overall Rating:  4.90 // Action: 3.0 / Emotion: 5.5 / Romance: 5.0 / Sensuous: 1.0 / Suspense: 4.0 // Historical Flavor: 4.0 // Laughter: 13 / Grins: 5 // Tears: 14 / Teary: 3

    Pieces of Sky: 4.90: 
    This debut book won seven well-deserved awards.  Although the terminology used in the book may have had a modern ring to it sometimes ("they hooked up with Jacob"), it was easy to overlook because the character development was so outstanding and the dialogue interjected during the telling of this deeply-felt, slowly budding romance was phenomenal.

    Hero: 5.0:
    Brady Wilkins:  Loved this huge, bold, handsome, unapologetically, 'all man' rancher.  Brady had a protective streak a mile wide and even though he had some ghosts in his past, he proved that he was a man of his word, a man of integrity, and a man willing to look inside his heart to find redemption and forgiveness.  Absolutely loved Brady's sense of humor.

    Heroine: 4.5:
    Jessica Abigail Rebecca Thornton: Could not help but be impressed with this prim and proper Englishwoman that was strong enough to flee a disastrous situation back home to seek help by searching for her brother in Socorro, New Mexico.  A woman who stood up for herself, had a compassionate heart underneath a layer of steel, and was able to open her closed-off heart so she could recover from several devastating personal losses.  Because Jessica should have fought for her man, there was that moment of disappointment when she delivered her ultimatum to Brady.

    Story Line: 4.0:
    In a very fascinating manner, Kaki Warner showed a prim and proper Englishwoman, who wrote deportment pamphlets, that being a prissy, well-dressed "gentlemen" was not the only kind of man worthy of admiration.  Brady may have been a bit unkempt at times, but he proved he was a man worthy of trust and love by his actions and deeds.

    Action: 3.0:
    Having always enjoyed Western Romances, loved that this book was set in 1869 in the New Mexico Territory.  Although the book started out with a bang, when Brady and Jessica finally ended up spending time at the RosaRoja Ranch, the excitement in story line began to lag as the romantic relationship between them began to develop.

    Emotion: 5.5:
    The emotions that Warner was able to wring from the readers was the pinnacle of success with this book.  Warner displayed an inordinate insight into the human psyche as she had readers laughing out loud one moment and crying copious tears the next.  Very few authors are able to successfully span both ends of the emotional spectrum so dynamically during the telling of their stories.

    Romance: 5.0:
    Loved the way Warner used entertaining dialogue and difficult circumstances between these two strong-willed protagonists to slowly build a layer of trust between them so they could lower their wounded barriers to let love enter their hearts.  In spite of their very obvious differences, Brady and Jessica were finally able to find the path to their happily-ever-after.

    Look at the beautiful words of love that Brady spoke to Jessica (page 308): 
    "You're here."  He spread his palm over his heart.  Inside me.  Part of me forever.  If I raise my hand against you, I hurt myself.  If I disrespect you, I bring shame on myself.  Whether you stay with me or not, that will never change. . . .  
    "But if you stay, Jessica, I'll never abandon you.  Or lie to you.  And no matter what, I'll never stop loving you.  Every day, all day, for all the days I have left.  That's how you fit into my life."

    Sensuous: 1.0:
    Quite frankly, this story lacked the spice, heat and sizzle that a good romance novel should possess.  When Brady was finally able to get past Jessica's fear of male contact, their lovemaking was lackluster.

    Suspense: 4.0:
    Although the suspense remained ever present in the background of the story (because of the three villains portrayed on the pages of this book), it never took on a nail-biting, edge of your seat kind of intrigue that dominated the storyline.

    Secondary Characters: 5.0:
    Warner has a gift when it comes to developing interesting, multi-faceted secondary characters.  The inclusion of these realistic members of the cast added greatly to the enjoyment of the story.  In fact, they were so well-written, that one is compelled to read the next two books of the trilogy to find out more about them -- even the more minor characters like Buck and Sheriff Rikker.

    Historical Flavor: 4.0:
    Warner did a great job describing ranch life and painting a picture of how the countryside appeared back in 1869.  However, sometimes the dialogue (particularly the innuendo) had a modernistic ring to it.

    See Wolf Bear Does Books for a more in-depth, detailed review of *Pieces of Sky*.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    Fizzled.........................................................

    Fizzled....................................................................................
    Starts out good. Brady and Jessica overcome one crisis after another . Rape , murder, death, stagecoach crashes, lunatics. Nothing can stop their love. Then the house burns down. I guess you have to draw the line somewhere. Brady tell Jessica that she should go home to England. It is going to take to long to rebuild and he can't put her through this . Jessica pledges undying love and begs to stay but our hero is to noble to allow it. For cripes sake.........the house, barn and a few outbuildings burned down. Not the state of Texas. And he still has his 88,000 acre ranch and all his cattle. Plus his brothers to help him. I'm not a big fan of the I love you, I love you, I love you but go away its for your own good style of writing unless there is a really valid reason. This was not a good reason. I am a big fan of Kaki Warner and this book disappoints.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Great book, but I thought the ending was a little weak for the n

    Great book, but I thought the ending was a little weak for the numerous hardships she went through.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    So glad I picked it up!

    This was an impulse buy. It had popped up a few times as recommended reading based on previous books I had purchased. I liked the name so I bought it. I started reading and was quickly pulled into the wonderful world that Ms. Warner created. Beautifully written with realistic characters, it is definitely worth your time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Pieces of Sky

    Surprised me! Great writing and story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Wow...love it ...read over again two weeks late ...read it sooo good...nancy.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    A page turner with great characters

    I really did love this book! It is a romance novel that is filled with passion. The characters are amazing, with so much depth that you can't help but care deeply about them, and a murderous villian that you will love to hate. It was a page turner with a great plot that held me captive. I laughed out loud and cried real tears.
    Bravo to the author, Kaki Warner. This novel is amazing and I'm looking forward to more great books from her.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Good Book If you like Romance

    This is a true romance novel. Did not want to put it down. Definite re-read

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    very disappointing

    Unimaginative and boring. Do not waste your time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2010

    touching

    A beautiful book about the power of love and redemption. It has all of the characteristics a romance book should have. Loved it from the beginning all the way to the end. Never wanted to put it down. Definitely a book to re-read.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    Captivating!!

    This book is an easy read that you will FLY through!! The romance, the adventures, the raw emotion - exquisite! READ IT!

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