The Week: 18th – 24th July

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On the lake in Canberra late Sunday afternoon.

Canberra Lake Burley Griffin 23rd July 2016 Australia Winter Nature Sun Sonya Heaney.

And driving over Lake Burley Griffin yesterday afternoon.

I have been reading for fun in the past week or so, and loving it. There are times when the review books I get are amazingly good, and other times I find myself thinking reading is homework! So I’ve bought some books and am rereading some favourites, including books by Toni Blake and Lisa Kleypas. I also picked up books by new-to-me authors Janice Preston and Angel Smits.

The aeroplane that landed with no fuel, no engines and no power.

On the 23rd of July, 1983 Air Canada flight 143 landed on a racing track in Gimli, Manitoba after experiencing both a fuel shortage and the failure of both engines.

‘London’s most expensive apartment’ on sale for a cool £150 million in Admiralty Arch

'London's most expensive apartment' on sale for for a cool £150 million in Admiralty Arch

Another week of terrible news in the world. I’m sure everyone’s talking about Munich (HOW many attacks will they get in the space of a few days?) – my aunt was just there.

My The World Is Terrifying rant of the week:  How about Trump all but announcing he won’t fulfil America’s NATO obligations, and will essentially let Putin invade NATO countries?! (He already supports the invasion of Ukraine, but this is the first time most people paid attention to that fact.)

Something that won’t make the news is the car bomb assassination of a Belarusian journalist who lived in Ukraine and wrote against Putin, and other violent Russian/pro-Russian attacks on Ukrainian journalists in Kyiv.

Trump supports Putin

This needed to be reinforced:

Photo souvenir gladiators who work at Rome’s top tourist attractions have been banned by the city’s new mayor

Photo souvenir gladiators who work at Rome's top tourist attractions have been banned by the city's new mayor.

The Unofficial Top of Summer

So glad people are FINALLY acknowledging that those “peasant tops” everyone has been wearing for a few years are actually Ukrainian designs! Some brands (cough-Valentino-cough) were actually using traditional Ukrainian and Belarusian patterns, and not acknowledging it!

Ukrainian tops in fashion.

The RITA Awards

Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2016 RITA® and Golden Heart® Awards on July 16 in San Diego, California.

Book Cover Trends: The Man Holding Stuff

Rock Solid by Samantha Hunter

My review of Sawyer’s Rose (The McCades Of Cheyenne #1) by Kim Turner

Sawyer's Rose (The McCades Of Cheyenne #1) by Kim Turner

 My review of Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt

Sawyer’s Rose (The McCades Of Cheyenne #1) by Kim Turner

Sawyer's Rose (The McCades Of Cheyenne #1) by Kim Turner

As if he doesn’t have enough to handle between running outlaws out of Cheyenne, keeping his brothers out of trouble, and avenging his father’s death, Sheriff Sawyer McCade’s meddling mother just dumped a mysterious mail-order bride on his doorstep. One woman can be more trouble than a band of renegades, and while this one has him all stirred up, he’d rather get to the bottom of the story she isn’t telling.

Rose Parker had it all—until a web of danger and deceit sends her running to Cheyenne posing as a mail-order bride. Escaping the evils of New York seems sensible until she meets the unsuspecting sheriff who didn’t ask for her, has no intention of marrying her, and won’t rest until he uncovers her secret and sends her back home.

Sawyer’s Rose (The McCades Of Cheyenne #1) by Kim Turner

I do enjoy Western historical romances to break up my Georgian/Regency/Victorian stories. Sawyer’s Rose had an interesting premise, with a mail order bride – who really isn’t one.

I understand that the hero had no idea his mother had ordered him a wife until the day she actually arrived, and I also liked that aspect of the story. However, it was not the heroine’s fault he wasn’t told, and I think he was mean to her in a few childish ways at first. He didn’t have to marry her, but he didn’t have to be openly nasty.

For this reason, I thought it was odd that the heroine was attracted to him from the start. I would have kicked him to the curb!

There is actually quite a bit going on in this story, with secrets gradually revealed. I prefer it when authors do what this one did, keeping you turning the pages because you only get bits of the story at a time. The heroine had big secrets we didn’t understand for the first half of the book.

I think that there were a few places where the story could have been tightened a bit. There were a few points where the focus shifted from the hero and heroine, and I wasn’t as interested – I wanted to know what was going on with those secrets!

This is a solid 19th century Western, with some obvious hints at future books. I would have enjoyed it more if it had been a bit shorter, but you could do worse.

 

Review copy provided by NetGalley.