Friday, August 3, 2012

Innovative Online Book Tours Book Review: Kentucky Green

Author: Terry Irene Blain  
Title: Kentucky Green  
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing  
Publish Date: June 8, 2012
Buy: Amazon  
Review Copy Provided By: Innovative Online Book Tours and the author
Book Blurb: April Williamson’s heart calls her across the frontier, but only one man—a handsome army scout with a tormented past—can get her safely to freedom. Daniel McKenzie was an army scout—quiet, capable, handsome…and utterly unwilling to be the trail guide April Williamson needed to reach Kentucky. The Indian attack at Blue Licks was but one bitter taste of the American frontier, a massacre that had taken her father just as cholera had taken her mother. But April would not give up on her dream. At journey’s end was independence, and nothing would stand in her way. The young widow was beautiful and determined, but the months of travel involved in her plan would be too hard. Without the general’s order Dan would have told any woman no, but April especially. His secret would destroy her—or she might destroy him. April’s kiss was like the country itself. Restless and sweet, it promised a love that denied every boundary and looked only to freedom and the future.  

Review: I usually prefer my historical novels to be set in Europe, but something about the plot of this novel drew me in and I'm glad I read it. I really thought it would be a lot of cowboys and Indians, but it wasn't and I was totally thrilled to have the characters traveling through Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh, which just received its name in the year that this story takes place!

April is a very strong heroine, but not in an overpowering sort of way. She knows what she wants and she does everything in her power to get it. The conflict between April and Dan wasn't as convincing as I'd have liked, they got together a little to fast for my taste. I wanted a bit more of a struggle between the two personalities.
 I kept thinking about how things in the preset day are so different from the time period of the novel. It is a seven hour drive from Philly to Pittsburgh on the turnpike, by wagon it took them about 2 weeks to make the journey! Wowzas!

The villian in this story is George Wyckford. I don't quite understand him. Essentially he has a gripe with Dan because he won a horse from him in a shooting contest? And he hates all Americans and Indians, and Dan is a quarter Shawnee. He does a lot to make the trip from Philly to Kentucky impossible for Dan, Scotty and April, and he doesn't stop there either. I had a hard time with why he hated Dan so much.

Over all, I enjoyed the characters and their relationships. I definitely like Terry's writing style and will be reading more from her in the future.  

Rating: 3 flowers  

Terry Irene Blain Bio: Terry Irene Blain was lucky enough to grow up in a large Mid-western family with a rich oral tradition. As a child she heard stories of ancestors’ adventures with Indians, wildlife, weather and frontier life in general, so she naturally gravitated to the study of history and completed a BA and MA then taught the subject at the college level. Married to a sailor, now retired, she’s had the chance to live in various parts of the U.S. and has traveled to Hong Kong, Australia, England and Scotland. “My degrees and my teaching experience make me a natural to write historical romance. Writing historical romance gives me the opportunity to pass on stories of who we are and where we come from while exploring the relationship between men and women. What could be more exciting than that?”
Terry Irene Blain on the web


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