Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Soda Springs: A Can't Put Down Book

Author Carolyn Steele did it again, she wrote another wonderful book that I just couldn't put down.   If you are a fan of historical fiction with a little bit of romance, you will love this book. I was given a copy of this book to review.

The Book

“Father!” Tessa jumped off the porch, skipping the four steps and landing with her bare feet on the dusty cobbles, making a soft thud. She raced toward the man silhouetted by the flames. “Father, what are you doing?” She whispered her shout as loudly as she dared, fearful of waking the rest of her family. “Stop!”
            “Go back inside,” he hissed at her, scarcely turning his head in her direction as he tossed a jacket into the fire.
            “Your uniform . . .” She gasped in horror. Flames consumed the gray woolen coat and trousers. “Why?”

When Tessa Darrow discovers her father burning his Confederate uniform, she has no idea that his secret torment will devastate their family and drive them from their home in North Carolina. In 1865, her family treks along the Oregon Trail until tragedy strikes, leaving Tessa and her father to build a new life in Soda Springs, Idaho, a town settled by a group of exiled Mormons. For Tessa to find happiness in her future, she must learn to forgive and grow from the hurt and hardships in her past.

This sweeping story illuminates an oft-forgotten era in LDS Church history and highlights the history of Soda Springs, Idaho--referred to by early travelers as "an oasis on the Oregon Trail." Filled with drama, humor, and enduring love, it's a thrilling read for history buffs and romantics alike.

My Review
   I was almost late getting my kids to school as I just wanted to keep reading, it is one of those page-turning books.  I loved the pace of the book, the story moved along nicely but it pulled back just enough making me want to keep reading to hurry and find out what happens next.
  As I read, I found myself transported back in time and wondered what life would really be like living as a pioneer.  I love the honest feel to the story, everything doesn't work out perfectly and it feels real.  It is a clean historical romance that will leave you smiling.
  I definitely recommend this book.

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  1. I love books that you just can't stand to put down. It's been a long time since I've read one. I might just have to give this one a try.

  2. Emmy, I have to agree with you. I was transported right back to the 1860s to Idaho as I read this book. The descriptions of the locations, and the time period, made me want to dress like a pioneer and eat some cornpone. I love historical fiction, and this one has some romance thrown in for good measure, which adds to the intrigue. Who will Tessa end up with?
    I hope you will hop over to my blog as I review this book on Sunday, December 13. I hope to see you there!