Monday, March 31, 2014

With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot

Of the three books: Summer of Promise, Waiting for Spring, and With Autumn's Return, Amanda Cabot outdid herself with the last.
With Autumn's Return brought the reader again to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The main character is a doctor and Cabot shows in great detail and extreme accuracy the prejudices against woman doctors.
Exquisite detail is given to the settings and culture. The reader can almost taste the dust, feel the heat, and hear the bells and chimes of the late 1880's. Adding to the tension is the character's relationship with her neighboring businessman, a young attorney.
Both will work together to save a patient and to save themselves.
Extraordianarily wonderful, this book is a definite keeper. I find myself always looking forward to Amanda Cabot's novels!

The Ruby Ring by Karen Rees
(CrossLink Publishing)
There are mixed feelings about this book by Karen Rees. The author has a simplistic, yet engaging command of storytelling. She's able to bring the reader deep into the story with the dialogue and narrative description.
Research into 16th century was greatly expressive. Little known and rarely spoken of facts gave the reader the sense of turmoil the people of that time experienced. The powerful grip of the church over the people showed how power corrupts.
From a historical point, this book was great, a good read to teach about Tyndale's desire to make the Bible available to all.
From a writer's view, Rees word usuage and sentence structure was exceptional. The descriptions and setting very well done.
From a conserative reader's viewpoint, which also includes a writer's viewpoint, I found that the book blurb did not match the story. It was deceptive considering the ruby ring didn't come into play until well past midway of the book; and, Tyndale was not a major character.
Although I felt the author wanted to be true to the language of that time, I view the words "p**s" and "b**ch" too harsh for a Christian based book. These words, although used in the right context, are vulgar and crude by today's standards. I felt the writer could have been more creative to avoid use of those words; ex: "defile the pope's hem" instead of "p*** on the pope's hem". Another word I felt would push readers away was the use of bastard. Although mild, it can drive many readers away.
Despite the language, I felt the book at times drew out the plot in an attempt to expand the word count. A three star book that has potential to be a five star book...
With the issues I listed above, I will carefully consider any other books by CrossLink Publishing.
***I recieved a copy from the publisher in exchange for a full and honest review***