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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

A Book Review and a New Job

TO FIND YOU AGAIN by Maureen McKade


It has been seven years since Emma Hartwell's capture by a tribe of the Lakota Sioux. But her recent rescue by the US Cavalry feels like anything but salvation. She has been forced to leave behind her beloved child, and return to the family who can't accept her, only to be shunned by the townspeople as an outcast. Emma is haunted by her life with the Elk tribe. She sets off on a dangerous journey, fueled by a fierce love of her son and fears for his safety, in an effort to find the tribe and reclaim him.

Only Ridge Madoc stands in her way. A former army scout with a keen tracking sense and a keener sense of justice, Ridge has been sent by Emma's father to bring her back--a task that will give him the chance of reclaiming some of the land that was rightfully his. But, he never expected a woman as determined and courageous as Emma. Now, Emma must appeal to Ridge to help her with her desperate quest, and Ridge must struggle with his desire for a woman who no longer has a place in his world...

This book confirms it. I'm definitely in a western frame of mind. Nothing else in my towering TBR appealed to me but this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. While I can't say it was as an emotional read as her book A REASON TO LIVE, it was still very satisfying.

Ms. McKade does not write wimpy women or women who do the TSTL things that drive us all crazy. Emma Hartwell is very much a woman of her times who is coping the only way she knows how with the circumstances she is in. My heart was in my throat when she had to make the decision whether or not it was in her son's best interest to be raised by her or the Lakota tribe he knows and is accepted by. If you knew you would be bringing your child to a place where he would be shunned, not allowed to go to school, spat upon and hated would you still take him back to your world? Or, would you leave him some place where you knew he was loved and adored and would never be judged as being "half"? Could you do it even if you couldn't stay and raise him yourself? What would you do?

Ms. McKade did a great job presenting this dilemma and all the realistic arguments pro and con a mother would be making before a choice is made. That sequence in the book is wrenching and emotional.

Ridge Madoc is just the sort of self contained and stoic man of the west I enjoy reading about most. He is very reminescent of Louis L'Amour heros. While a tough man of his times, he not only is respectful of Emma as a woman, but respects her as a person who has survived very difficult circumstances and who deserves and has earned the right to make her own choices.

So I finish this great historical that was published in 2004 to read this post at AngieW's site that included parts of a letter from author Brenda Joyce about the state of historical novels in the romance genre. It made me wonder when did we readers stop buying them? I don't remember making a conscious choice not to buy historicals. I have noticed there haven't been as many to choose from.

I hadn't read a good western in some time until Wendy spoke about Maureen McKade and it sent me to the bookstore to buy the recently released A REASON TO LIVE. You just don't hear about or see many historicals on the store book shelves any more. Wendy's comment today was that we need diversity. Amen to that! I'll never understand any industry...music, books, TV, movies glomming to whatever is hot at the moment and dumping everything else. Is it that complicated to be diverse?

A final note...I've taken a part time job. Yeah, who knew? I thought I was retired too!! It's just two days a week and that's all I want right now. So my first day is tomorrow. Then since my son is on fall break we will be taking off a few days so I probably won't be around much this next week. Don't you just love the Fall?

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Anonymous Sarah McCarty said...

Hey Rosie, *waving*

Congrats on the job! Based on your coments, I just bought A Reason to Live. Looking forward to reading it.

5:22 AM PDT  
Blogger Kristie (J) said...

Hey - I'm reading this one at the moment too. It's going a bit slow - not because I'm not enjoying it - but I tend to read more than one book at a time and I'm also reading other ones - and I'm also in a bit of a slump. But from what I have read so far - it's good. I still have A Reason to Live TBR.

And congrats on the job! Sounds perfect!

6:43 AM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Sarah, a Reason to Live is a very evocative book. I hope you enjoy it.

Kristie, sometimes after a particularly great read like my Deborah Smith book was I have a very difficult time picking out the next book. My slump has fits and starts, but for some reason when I picked up this one I could just start reading.

7:30 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats and I have this one on my wishlist! Glad it's a goodie!

11:26 AM PDT  
Blogger Lori said...

This sounds so good. I love western historicals!!! (waving hi to Sarah *g*) Thanks for the rec, Rosie.

6:10 PM PDT  
Blogger Holly said...

Wow. This book sounds really good. I'm in a slump myself at the moment, so maybe this is what I need to break me out of it.

And CONGRATS on the new job!

9:51 AM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Thanks everybody for the congrats on the new job. Of course, it's only been one day, but I think this is just what I've been looking for.

Holly, I hope you give McKade a try, she's really very good.

11:28 AM PDT  
Blogger Holly said...

I put her on my wishlist for now. I had a very low book budget for the month and I already spent it. So it'll have to wait. I did bump her up to the top, though.

12:04 AM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Holly, you should try the UBS for this one. It's been out for awhile and I know A REASON TO LIVE was even in my local UBS.

12:21 AM PDT  
Blogger ReneeW said...

This one sounds like a tearjerker and very emotional. I put this on my TBB. I'm jealous, I wish I could go to part time but Bob won't let me :) Congratulations.

10:53 PM PDT  

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