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Friday, September 23, 2011

Sweetwater Springs - by Alex Taylor Wolfe

Author: Alex Taylor Wolfe

Published: 2011

Format: PDF provided by author for review.  Also available on Amazon. 
From Amazon:

In the spring of 1900, Katie O’Hare returns to Sweetwater Springs ten years after being orphaned by a murderous act that left her with nothing but an old pocket watch and scattered memories. Reluctantly she begins to fall for Tyler Reynolds, a rugged young cowboy with a troubled past. As their romance deepens, they find themselves tragically connected to a secret that puts their love and their lives in danger.

This was the first historical romance I've read in quite some time.  I found it to be a wonderful re-introduction to the genre.  Here we have the story of Katie, returning to where her life was forever changed.  

Immediately I liked Katie.  She seemed mature beyond her actual teen years.  We meet her as she is on a stage coach, coming around the bend into her old hometown.  She is filled with about every emotion you can imagine, returning after a decade of being away.  The author did a wonderful job of painting the scenery for us, I could almost feel myself craning my head to see around the corner in anticipation!

We get to see Katie reintegrate herself into some semblance of a reality.  And then she meets Tyler Reynolds.  Welcome, rugged, handsome, sexy cowboy! 

Katie and Tyler definitely have their share of ups and downs, miscommunications and misunderstandings.  And boy oh boy, that "getting to know you" stage really takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to these two new lovebirds.  There are several points where you think "awww heck, just throw in the towel you two, the odds are stacked against you!" while you are secretly hoping they can get through and over everything before them.

I found this story to have a large heart within it.  There was action, romance, drama, fear, love, hate... there was even some guns involved!  If you are into a clean romance, historical fiction, or historical romance, then this will be a nice read for you.  I enjoyed it very much!