Okay, I’ll be the first to admit this title is really cringe. But! All hope is not lost! Hedlund is a pretty reliably good author, and it was my confidence in her writing that persuaded me to pick up this book to review. And I’m pleased to report, my confidence did not let me down. Now, this was no earth-shattering, heart-wrenching read, but it was light and pleasant and good for a boring afternoon. I thought the characters had great personalities and really kept my attention, and while this setting/genre of novel is not one Hedlund usually ventures into, I thought she handled it well. There were a few moments that made me squint at the pages and go, “That doesn’t seem like it would be geographically accurate”, or “That seems pretty cliché”…but c’mon, I came here to relax and unwind, not analyze the geography of the 1800s Midwestern United States.
All in all, I thought it was cute and it kept me hooked. And if the arguably overused western-cowboy formula isn’t broke…why fix it? Although I do have to say, I liked other novels of Hedlund’s better, and they’ve seemed a lot more original (especially in terms of settings). Ultimately, I would recommend to anyone looking for a light, feel-good read to ward off the winter blues.
Thank you to Net Galley and Bethany House for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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