Sunday, January 15, 2012

Melinda and the Wild West: A Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho by Linda Weaver Clarke

Historical Romance

American Book Publishing

Release Date:
December, 2006

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 fiancĂ© 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 fiancĂ© 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


  1. Kitties and the award, must be one good book :D

  2. I've heard only good things about this, glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Awesome! This is one of those books I would like to read!

  4. Terrific review! I also enjoyed this book from the first page until the last!

  5. The book sounds fantastic- and I'm sure you deserved the award!

  6. Thanks so much for the interesting review of Linda Weaver Clarke's book. It sounds like an exciting adventure. Congratulations, Linda, for the great review and your new book.

  7. LOVE this book!...and the rest of the series! I am so glad to see you liked it, too! Get them all, Readers, and then share them with others. Linda Weaver Clarke is a talented writer. I will read everything she writes and anything she recommends!

  8. What a gorgeous review! The book sounds wonderful, and the genre is a winner. Lovely stuff...

  9. I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the interesting review.


  10. Love your blog, and i will be adding it to my favorites. Thanks for a great post.

  11. You can't go wrong with one of Linda's books! Great review!

  12. Awesome book and author. Best to you Yvonne, and her. Great review.
    Anna del C.
    Author of "The Silent Warrior Trilogy"

  13. I loved this book. Definitely worth the 5 kitties and the award.

  14. Great review, Linda. I wish you the best with this story and the series.

  15. I have this book and must agree. I'm passing it on to my Mom next time I see her. I know she'll love it. I love the history in the book too.

    Thanks for rating my friends books so high! She deserves it!!! :)

    Hugs, Christine

  16. Great review!! I'll be checking this one out!


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