Monday, December 26, 2011

Valley of Dreams by Lauraine Snelling ~ review

Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House; Lrg edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764209248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764209246

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review.


Book Description

Wild West Wind November 1, 2011
Cassie Lockwood's mother died when she was little, so Cassie traveled with her father's Wild West Show and became an amazingly skillful trick rider, likened by some to the famous Annie Oakley. When her father died, she continued to work with the show, having nowhere else to go.

Now Cassie has discovered that "Uncle" Jason, the show's manager, has driven the show into debt, and he's absconded with what little money was left. Devastated, Cassie decides to try to find the hidden valley where here father had dreamed of putting down roots. She has only one clue. She needs to find three huge stones that look like fingers raised in a giant hand. With Chief, a Sioux Indian who's been with the show for twenty years, and Micah, the head wrangler, she leaves both the show and a bundle of heartache behind and begins a wild and daring adventure.

My take on this book:
I love historical fiction and normally devour them in one sitting but with "Valley Of Dreams" I found myself picking it up and then putting it down, not really caring whether I finished it or not.
The premise of the book sounded good, Cassie grew up traveling with the Wild West Show her parents owned and never imagined her life any other way. When her parents die and the show is disbanded she must figure out what she will do with her life. Her father had always talked about the "Valley Of Dreams" in the Black Hills where he planned on retiring. Cassie decides to embark on the journey to find the piece of land he spoke of.
This book started out really slow and didn't pick up for me. I thought some of the things the main character did really didn't seem very realistic.I would have also enjoyed reading more about the Wild West Show. Also the plot just wasn't very exciting, although the story picked up during the last few chapters, the ending was rather abrupt, I suppose to set the readers up for the next book in the series.
Overall if your thinking about reading this one borrow it from the library. As for me I doubt that I will be picking up the next book in the series.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

rating 2.5/5

1 comment:

  1. I have read several books by Lauraine Snelling, have you read the Red River series? it was great. I havent read this one and am surprised that it would not be a good story as she usually writes some good books. thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
    Paula O


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