I love books that have lots of romantic tension in them, especially when that tension is ricocheting back and forth between two people who should not be attracted to each other for some reason. That is definitely the situation in this book. The Horseman’s Frontier Family is part of a continuity series, which means that different authors are writing the various books in the series, but they are all connected stories. This is the second book in the series, however, I had no problem jumping right in and reading this book without having read the first one. The story is strong in its own right.
This is the first book that I have read by Karen Kirst and it will not be the last. I really enjoyed her writing style. The Horseman’s Frontier Family was easy to read and the story flowed very smoothly. As I mentioned above, there is a lot of tension in the book. The premise is that two people are vying over the same stretch of land during the Oklahoma land rush. That would make for a tense situation no matter what. But this book ratchets up that tension by pitting a man and a woman against each other, both from families involved in a long-standing feud. Gideon, a widower, just wants to settle his land and stay separate from others. Evelyn, a widow with a child, believes that the land is hers, claimed by her late husband.
Something that I really enjoyed about this book is that I was able to be frustrated and angry about the situation without disliking either main character. Both Gideon and Evelyn were nice people. Did they sometimes say or do things in anger that they regretted later? Yes. They were very real and human characters. Both had huge hurts in their backgrounds and the more they got to know each other, the more things they discovered that they had in common, and the more attraction they felt for each other. This is just such a good book! I highly recommend it to fans of historical Christian romance and I plan to read the rest of the series, as well. (5 stars)
I was blessed to win this book in a drawing and was not required to write a review, I but happily do so.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Karen Kirst was born and raised in East Tennessee near the Great Smoky
Mountains. She attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she
received a B.A. in Speech Communication. A lifelong lover of books, it wasn’t
until after college that she had the grand idea to write one herself. The
pursuit of her dream would take longer than she first anticipated…years, in
fact. In the fall of 2010, she got the happy news that Harlequin Love Inspired
Historicals wanted to publish her manuscript-a true blessing from God. Now she
divides her time between being a wife, homeschooling mom, and romance
writer. She and her husband, along with their three boys, recently said goodbye to military life and are thrilled to be back home in Tennessee.