Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ripples Along The Shore by Mona Hodgson

Ripples Along The Shore by Mona Hodgson by papertapepins

by Mona Hodgson

Can a War Widow Escape Her Grief—and Find God’s Promise—on a Wagon Train West?
When Caroline Milburn steps off the boat and back into her hometown of St. Charles, MO, part of her wishes she could step right back on board and sail away. St. Charles, though home to her beloved friends and quilting circle, hasn’t felt like home since the death of her husband. And living with her sister, Jewell’s family hasn’t provided much balm for her grieving heart. Caroline knows something needs to change—but for now she’s stuck sharing her sister’s home, and enduring the anger and bitterness of her brother-in-law.
But change is brewing in St. Charles. A group of brave souls are preparing to head west on the Boones Lick Wagon Train, led by the mysterious and handsome Garrett Cowlishaw. Despite her dislike for Mr. Cowlishaw, who served as a Confederate soldier in the war that killed her husband, Caroline is tempted to join the wagon train and start fresh somewhere new.
When the lovely young widow makes her intentions to travel west known, Garrett Cowlishaw forbids her—a single woman—to travel with them. Will one man’s prejudice destroy Caroline’s hope for a new future? Or will the ripples of God’s love bring the answer she needs?
This was a disappointing book. I've read other novella length books that were able to have both a beginning and a satisfactory ending. This book delivers neither. All of the subplots are continued on from previous books and the conclusions to the various problems of various and assorted characters will have to wait until the next book, it seems.

But wait, you say, isn't this the last books in the series? Yes, but there is a new series coming that apparently continues on with these same people and will hopefully wrap up some of the stuff left hanging here. Not that I'm going to continue reading about them.

This isn't really a story. It's the middle of a story, and even at that it's not all that original or exciting. Very disappointing work from an author who has already proven she's capable of much more. My recommendation? Pick up the Sisters Of Cripple Creek series instead.

I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

About This Author

MONA HODGSON writes historical romance fiction for WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers. She is the author of Two Brides Too Many, Too Rich for a Bride, The Bride Wore Blue, and Twice a Bride in THE SINCLAIR SISTERS OF CRIPPLE CREEK SERIES and THE QUILTED HEART eNovella Series--Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along te Shore, and Prairie Song, Book 1 in the HEARTS SEEKING HOME SERIES. Her writing credits also include nearly thirty children’s books, contributions to eleven books for adults, and hundreds of short stories, articles, and poems in newspapers and magazines. One of Mona’s favorite things to do (besides writing or eating dark chocolate) is to speak at women's retreats and schools, and for women’s groups, librarians, and at writers’ conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Mona lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob. Check out www.monahodgson.com to learn more.

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