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Review: Bride of the High County by Kaki Warner

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Please welcome Ang, who brings you today’s Guest Review of… 
Bride of the High County
Author: Kaki Warner 
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Runaway Bride #3
ISBN: #978-0425247501
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): Paperback (400 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

     Snatched from unspeakable abuse at the age of twelve and given a new identity as the ward of a Manhattan society widow, Margaret Hamilton thinks the safety and security she craves is at last within her reach.  But as she exchanges wedding vows with a ruthless and charismatic railroad mogul, a shocking revelation sends her fleeing her own wedding…with a valise full of railroad stock certificates.
     Now calling herself Lucinda Hathaway, she follows the rails west, determined to make a new start.  But her pursuers are not far behind—one man who wants vengeance—one who wants to silence her about events long in the past—and a third who only wants the truth.  
     But the truth is too ugly to share, so Lucinda keeps running…all the way to Heartbreak Creek, Colorado where she finds three other women struggling to start new lives.  Deciding she’s finally found the home and family she so desperately needs, she puts her ill-gotten railroad shares to use, determined to make their crusty little town a place they can all call home. But it’s never that easy, and as her pursuers close in on her, Lucinda finds that her new start comes with a higher price, but a greater reward, than she ever expected.

What Ang is talking about:

     When it comes to any book romance or otherwise first and foremost I want a strong story line. I want characters that are strong and illicit emotions, a hot and steamy love scenes are a bonus, but it can’t carry a story line. Bride of the High County delivers on all these fronts. The villains are vile, and the hero well, let’s just say I’d like to take a big ole spoon to that yummy dish. Our main character, Margaret, is fierce and independent making our hero, Tait, work for her love and attention in addition to figuring out her baggage and helping her to discard it so they can move on together.
     Kaki Warner weaves just enough suspense to keep the pages turning while sprinkling in the prefect amount of romance to keep the reader’s temperature up.
     My one complaint was with the ending…. it was about 100 pages too long. As a writer I understand that sometimes you are looking at your work and know where you need to end up but aren’t sure how to get there so you ramble around until you end up in the right spot, and so I am not faulting Kaki for the length of the ending. I am, however, faulting her editor. Someone should have reeled in this ending. Someone should have said I see where you are going but you need to find a more direct path.
     All that being said I would give this book a solid B. I enjoyed it despite this issue, and I am fairly certain anyone who has read the other books in the series or who enjoys historical romance will enjoy a trip to Heartbreak Creek.

Angs Rating:

Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)
Purchase Info:
Bride of the High Country (Runaway Brides #3)
Reviews in the Series:
Heartbreak Creek (Runaway Brides #1) 
Also in the Series:
Colorado Dawn (Runaway Brides #2) 
 
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