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Posted March 20, 2014
I enjoyed both the story and the characters. Our heroine, Molly is one you just want to see come out on top. She's been through a lot (read the blurb and the book rather than me restating them here), and you can't help but feel for the girl. Matt has had his share of tough times, but most of it's self-inflicted. He struggles with guilt, and then with his feelings for Molly, but you can't help but cheer when he finally "gets it." There is one moment between the hero and heroine, a touching moment while they're in each others' arms, immediately following a harrowing event. The author did such a wonderful job with the chemistry and building up the romance. The secondary characters were some of my favorites, at least a few of the men. I wasn't especially fond of Matt's parents, though I can't say why, but you'll read the book for the other characters anyway. I want to know more about Logan (Matt's brother), Nate (he managed to be my favorite), and Cale (there's just something about him). I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Content Note: There was one graphic scene that lasts a few pages. I liked that it was set up in a way so I knew when to skip over it. Not that I mind scenes like that, but I prefer to skim or skip them entirely. There was also some language, but nothing excessive or distracting. It was appropriate for the time period and characters. Just an FYI for readers who like to know.
Posted February 4, 2014
I love a good old-fashion Western Romance where men are men brimming with testosterone and good looks and women are women wearing petticoats and acting helpless. Kristy McCaffrey has created just such a story in “The Wren” but like a good stew has thrown in unexpected elements that include Molly Hart who’s come back from the dead after an absence of more than ten years and Matt Ryan, a hero at once vulnerable and bigger than life. Kristy’s descriptions, not only of the Texas landscape but of the individuals who populate it are breathtakingly real. You get to see gorgeous sunsets, hear birds chirping and feel the breeze on your skin as well as experience our heroine’s confusion as she faces a future with people she hasn’t been around since childhood. It leaves one both sympathetic and optimistic as we make our way through a tale of love and intrigue. This talented writer leaves us thirsting for more of the same.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 21, 2013
Ms. McCaffrey has created a heroine you can cheer for, a hero who is almost too good to be true, and a setting so well-drawn you can feel the dry western breeze on your cheek.
Molly and Matt have had huge obstacles to overcome in their young lives, which they've not only survived but grown stronger. Unfortunately, the troubles aren't all in the past, including an unknown killer and dealing with their own insecurities. Meeting again for the first time in ten years, they find a way to handle the new challenges and work their way toward making a life together.
This historical romance set in the US west of 1877 was a strong debut novel with a story that has some incidents that will make you cringe yet a conclusion that leaves you feeling good.
Posted September 27, 2013
This story is set in North Texas 1877. It is a true Western, ranchers and Indians, the goodies and the baddies, throw in a touch of romance, and you have all the ingredients for an exciting and entertaining read, and the author did not disappoint.
The hero is Matthew Ryan (Matt) ex army and Texas Ranger. He has been viciously tortured by a Mexican outlaw, and now has a permanent limp. He has been consumed with guilt over the loss of Molly.
The heroine is Molly Hart.
As a child Molly adored Matt, and even though he was a young man and she was only a child he was very fond of her.
When she was 9, Molly is kidnapped by raiders and handed over to an Indian tribe. After 10 years living with Indians, she returns home only to find that her parents had been killed in the raid, and another little girl who was thought to be Molly was buried beside them.
She meets up with Matt and discovers she still has strong feelings for him, but he doesn’t believe that she is Molly, the little girl he had been unable to save on that fateful night.
The Wren, a slingshot that Molly used to use, and a few other childhood revelations, soon convince Matt that she is indeed Molly. Molly now has a battle on her hands to win over the townsfolk who think she is tainted because she has lived with Indians, and to persuade Matt that he is the man she loves and wants to spend the rest of her life with.
This is a beautifully written story by an author who obviously knows her genre.
Posted March 7, 2013
This story is very captivating, but in a subtle way. McCaffrey doesn’t feel the need to draw her readers in with over the top scenes and descriptions. She takes real life (for the time period and setting) and draws the reader in with immaculate writing and flawless scenes. The story is very insightful and informative while also being extremely heartfelt.
McCaffrey does a brilliant job with her descriptions and scene setups. Her descriptions are so detailed that you feel like you are on the ranch with the characters. That said, she never once writes a scene that makes the reader feel like they are bogged down in description. Every single word that McCaffrey puts down on paper brings the reader further into the story, and closer to a brilliant conclusion. Although you can guess the general gist of the conclusion well before you get there, it’s all in the journey, and McCaffrey makes that spectacular.
Although very few people have been through situations such as those faced by the main character she is still a very approachable person. All of the characters are developed in such a way that you can identify with them, which allows the reader to immerse themselves more fully into the story. There are definitely situations and aspects that set them apart, but McCaffrey’s stunning character development keeps them very realistic and down to earth. The development of all of the major characters includes a full personal history, which adds to this realism. I love these characters, especially the fact that absolutely none of them seem at all fake or made up, regardless of the fact that this is a fictional novel.
This is one of those stories that makes your heart ache at times, while at others makes you fell all warm and fuzzy inside. I’m crying happy tears right now. It’s very rarely that a romance novel can move me this much. I can still feel it tugging at my heartstrings.
Please note that I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Posted January 14, 2013
Love a good Western Romance set in the old west? I sure do. This weekend I had the leisure time to kick back and read a little. I picked The Wren by Kristy McCaffrey. I wasn't disappointed. This book has all the elements I love in a western romance. Adventure, grit, outlaws, romance, and family. The hero Matt Ryan you'll absolutely fall in love with. He was a Texas Ranger who's now back at the family ranch, and heroine Molly Hart, who is spunky, can ride horses, and is strong enough to make it through whatever adversity is forced upon her.
I give this book a five star review. The storyline was fast paced and interesting, and as I mentioned earlier I fell in love with the hero myself! My only qualm was the cover. Though very beautiful, when I saw the book, I didn't think Western Romance at first.( This is just me though, I like to see sexy cowboys looking rugged and wild on the covers :) The author did a great job all around with this story, and I'll definitely be reading books two and three!
Posted December 30, 2014
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