May 5 2006
Dear Mrs. Eagle,
Some of your books have a permanent place on my Top Ten List. Rich, satisfying, emotional books that make me laugh and cry. You write about Native Americans better than almost any other author out there. And when you decided to diverge more into women’s fiction and wedding planning, I was sad to lose yet another favorite author. Imagine my delight when I learned that your latest book would be a return to what I love about your writing. See my disappointment with what I eventually finished reading.
While this isn’t up with your best, it’s still better than the average romance novel. It starts very strongly with the hero, Birch Trueblood and heroine Rochelle LeClair meeting up after years apart when Birch is hired to help the spirits hanging out at Rochelle’s aunt’s historic house. Rochelle and, surprisingly, Birch are both cynical about the whole idea but as the book progresses, they find themselves wondering what their relationship might become. But the story bogs down in the second half with lots of random actions that sort of drift about until suddenly it ends with a too fast declarations of love, a quick wrap up and The End. You throw in several secondary characters who really have either no action in the story or are set up for some kind of payoff that never appears. It’s a long book (almost 400 pages) and I get the feeling that it needed a bit more editing or fleshing out or something. I’d definitely say it’s mainly for fans and should not be used as an intro to your books.
I’m not sorry I read it but it mainly serves to remind me of past favorites and to hope for better again in the future.