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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Review: West Winds of Wyoming (Prairie Hearts #3) by Caroline Fyffe



Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Montlake Romance (September 30, 2014)

From Goodreads.com: In Book Three of the Prairie Hearts series by USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fyffe, two broken hearts just might find a second chance at love.

When widower Charlie Rose shows up looking for work at the struggling Cotton Ranch, no one knows he’s secretly trying to outrun trouble—and he intends to keep it that way. He wants to start over fresh in the small town of Logan Meadows, where his blind daughter can grow up safe…and where danger can’t find him.

Feisty and independent, Nell Page is determined to protect the Cotton Ranch, despite threats from the bank…and the mysterious stranger lurking on the ranch’s borders. In spite of her better judgment, Nell instantly feels drawn to handsome, dependable Charlie. The more they ride together through the beautiful Wyoming mountains and plains, the more their feelings grow into a love that could be strong enough to last forever. But will Charlie’s past catch up with him and dash their hopes for a future together?



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 My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

My Review: To begin with, although this is considered book #3 in the Prairie Hearts series, it can be read as a stand alone novel. There are characters from the first three novels included in this story, however, you don't need to know their back-stories in order for this one to make sense. 


That being said, I have not (yet) read the other stories in this series. And based on my feelings of this particular novel, I'm not sure if I will or not. 

I did enjoy several aspects of this novel. I enjoyed the "non-romantic" aspects; such as the rustling of the wild horses, and the interaction with the rest of the townsfolk. I also thought that the "romantic" aspects were very true to the characters. There was an appropriate amount of hesitation, jealousy, and OMG SO ROMANTIC moments that it kept my attention.

However... I felt the overall story was slow moving. There was deceit, mystery, romance.. all the  things that make a good story. Unfortunately, they were so few and far between that it kept me from declaring this story one of my favorites. The final conflict (the one that kept Charlie from revealing his true name and story) felt so rushed and added that it was anti-climatic instead of adding to the plot. 


DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. 


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West Winds of Wyoming (Prairie Hearts #3) is available from Amazon.com

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