Sunday, January 15, 2012
Melinda and the Wild West: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho by Linda Weaver Clarke
American Book Publishing
EBook (Available in paperback)
Melinda Gamble is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. She’s leaving the safety of her Boston hometown, as well as her family and her former fiancé to accept a teaching position in the wild west. Against everyone’s advice, she’s determined to make a new life for herself with her aunt and uncle in Bear Lake, Idaho.
She immediately learns why the west is called “wild” after she’s held at gunpoint by Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch gang, attacked by a bear and nearly dying of hypothermia during a huge blizzard. After only a few months of being out west she’s had more excitement than she ever had in her lifetime back east.
Things really get interesting when, Gilbert, the father of one of her students takes a liking to her as does the school’s superintendent, Henry. Melinda never expected to be in the middle of a romantic triangle – especially since her former fiancé from the east isn’t giving up either.
Linda Weaver Clarke has created a beautiful story of love, strength and endurance in this first book of her Bear Lake series. Melinda is a character readers will admire and cheer for. Each character will touch the reader’s heart and hold onto it until the very last page and beyond. The author does an amazing job of blending fiction with true historical facts. It’s very obvious she did much research for this book and definitely got it right. I loved every minute of this book.
Any book that has such memorable characters deserves 5 kitties and my Socrates Great Book Alert!
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
For reading challenges:
2012 ARC Reading Challenge
2012 EBook Reading Challenge
Romance Reading Challenge 2012
2012 Where are you reading? Challenge