Crissa Engleson comes to the town of Willow Springs to start a new life when she attracts the unwanted attention of a minerand falls in love with a handsome Express rider. Laugh and cry with Crissa as she escapes her past to find love and helps the townspeople along the way.
|Publisher:||Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)|
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5 STARS Willow Springs is a western romance. It is exciting, full of drama, action, romance, and rich characters. You won't want to put the book down. You are never sure what is going to happen next. Crissa Engleson has had some hard knocks in her young life. It only gets more exciting the more you read. She has landed in Willow Springs, UT all by herself. She is on the run from her past. She has two men who want her. Crissa gets a job in the inn. Crissa makes good friends all the way. She is a from Sweden. Drake Adams is a pony express rider. His father is a big mine owner. Garth Wight is a miner. He is also a mean drunk. Molly Henderson is a widow and mother of Will and Amy. She owns and runs the inn. I like Will and Amy. Willow Springs does briefly mention Mormon church. Does not preach. It does deal with abuse of husbands and fathers, rape. Does not get into anything graphic. It is a clean read. It is also full of nuggets of history, about, mining, crossing the west, and medicines. It adds to the richness of the story. I wanted Crissa and Drake to end together but every time I thought would end up well for them something else would happen. Their are so many twists and turns in the story. I was given this ebook to read for the purpose of giving a honest review and being part of Willow Springs blog tour.
This book was a crazy, roller-coaster ride! I began reading Willow Springs thinking it was going to be a nice historical romance, with some twists and some tension, but all of it fairly tame. I was wrong. The twists were pretty big and the tension was pretty intense in places! There was also plenty of drama. I wasn't quite sure if everyone could make it to the end unscathed and if they even should after what happened. Let me just get this off my chest... Drake and Crissa skirted around each other quite a bit even though it's clear they both are into each other. I just wanted them to communicate. It was so frustrating sometimes! Of course all of that added to the tension and some of the drama. Crissa definitely had her reasons for holding back with her past (the author did marvelously at letting her past slowly unravel as the story progressed, which helped drive the story as well). Drake on the other hand... Well, it's a good thing I still really liked him. :) He was a golden boy: hardworking, charming, respectful, kind, dependable... He also wasn't afraid to tease and help Crissa. Then there was Garth. I had a hate/love relationship with him. He had so much potential. Talk about a bittersweet love triangle! This story had some great characters, including the villains. I liked that the villains weren't always apparent, nor were they all evil. There were some shades of gray there. One was a little senile and crazy, but very well written. These villains really drove the plot in places. Between them, not knowing what was going to happen and when, if Crissa would be safe, and who she would end up with (maybe with no one at all?), it was a really entertaining read! Overall, Willow Springs was a surprisingly suspenseful story in places, but also sweet, full of friendship, heartache, danger, and romance. If you enjoy reading this genre or are looking for just a good, quick read, then I'd recommend grabbing a copy. Source: I would like to thank Cedar Fort for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.
The quote on the book cover IS SO TRUE! "New love and old secrets collide on the Utah frontier" The author creatively weaves you down the story on one path of thinking only to throw in a twist, or another secret, that expertly guides you down another path of thoughts... SO. SO. SO. GOOD! COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! Crissa has come to Willow Springs to escape the secrets of her past. Caught between the love she has for Drake and the secrets that Garth uncovers she is forced to marry to keep her secrets from surfacing. Only after she is married does she uncover other secrets of the town and the people she has kept her secrets from.... Does she run again or does she stay and protect her new friends? "Laugh and cry with Crissa" in this splendid tale of love on the western frontier. I REALLY LOVED THIS ONE!
I just had a family reunion and hearing the stories of my great-grandmother's life made me really appreciate how difficult it was for the immigrants coming to America in the 1800s. Crissa's family came from Sweden and due to a debt, she was placed in a position that she never would have dreamed herself in. She finds herself in Willow Springs, trying to get a new start in life, and lands right in the center of a lot of unwanted attention. There were moments in the story where I almost felt lost--I kept thinking there was more to the story and characters, or even some back story that I was missing out on, but for the most part, things came together. There was a mystery element, on several different levels, that was fun and kept the storyline moving right along. The characters were a lot of fun. I enjoyed the good friendships that Crissa made, wherever she went. I enjoyed the romance that blossomed and was heartbroken at the twist. In fact, there were a lot of twists and turns that really kept me on my toes and had me wondering about what could possibly happen next. Content: no language; there are a few LDS references and general religious thoughts/scripture; mild-moderate violence (a lot of deaths, shootings, mention of rape and abuse--not graphic); mild romance (kissing). I would consider it a clean read for an older reader.