Saturday, September 10, 2011
A River to Cross by Yvonne Harris
This story revolves around Texas Ranger, Jake Nelson, and Elizabeth Madison, senator's daughter, and aspiring journalist. They meet under unpleasant circumstances-Elizabeth's kidnapping by outlaws-yet there is an immediate, unwanted, attraction between the two. Still trying to get over past losses, they don't want to further complicate matters by falling for each other. Meanwhile, Jake and his fellow Rangers have their hands full dealing with renegade Mexicans wanting to overthrow the government and put lives in danger. With the clock ticking, Jake and Elizabeth face some important decisions about their future...
If you enjoy westerns, hunky men, strong damsels in distress and fast paced adventure then you'll like this book. It's a fairly light, quick, read with just enough action to propel you to the next page. Nothing too unpredictable happens but there is a sweet romance between the main characters, along with plenty of action. If you're looking for something deep, angsty, or soulful you won't find it here. This is closer to pleasant escapism, not reality, which isn't a bad thing as long as you're prepared for that. One thing that was noted by several other reviewers, and I agree with, is that it did feel a bit modern throughout. I didn't find myself fully immersed in the period, which might have been corrected by more research and the addition of small historical details relating to that particular time. It didn't seem quite as authentic or intricate as some of the other books I've read recently.
I still found A River to Cross to be a fun, end of summer adventure, with all the elements western romance lovers enjoy. If you're in the mood for some southern flair, Texas Ranger style, give this one a try!
A complimentary copy of this book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.