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Posted March 9, 2014
Reviewed by Judy
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Jake and Cecelia are particularly well-drawn characters as the reader actually can feel their present and past pain through understated action and terse dialogue. While their poor choices, intentional or accidental, may be questioned, their common humanity comes through as the paramount focus of the story.
As in old tales of knights in shining armor or heroines tied to the railroad tracks, Jake rides up just in time to avert disaster. Through skillful plotting, his appearance doesn’t appear coincidental or ‘campy’ but rather moves the underlying story right along. Well-crafted realism is a strong point here.
Redemption Ridge lives up to its “sweet romance” designation, something for which there is definitely an appreciative audience (this reviewer among them). However, the story would have been just as powerful if the ‘language’ had been used somewhat more sparingly–the same audience goes for that, too.
The story is definitely recommended for a quick, satisfying read, though with a strong language warning.
Favorite Quote: A good chunk of her life had been spent with raw emotions and impulse as her companions.