Thursday, November 14, 2013

Prairie Hummm......Book Review

Where to begin with this review? I have mixed feelings about this book, so overall I guess it was just ok. This isn’t the normal type of book (a historical romance) that I would normally choose to read. I wanted to read a fiction book though since the last few that I have read have been nonfiction. After looking through my choices, Prairie Song by Mona Hodgson was my winner.

To begin, the back cover made it sound like an interesting story. Good way to start. The cover artwork is nicely done, another good starting point.

Now on to the story; as I began reading the characters were inviting. The story revolves around several characters, which helps to move the story along and add more depth and interest. The main character is Anna Goben a young woman with a rough life, who dreams of something better for her family and has convinced them that they need to join a wagon train and head out on a fresh start. Anna is a likable character in the story. In fact one thing that I really enjoyed was the depth of each person in the story and how they all seemed to have their own little side story happening. This is what makes a character seem like a real person, not just words on a page.

Then the story kept going, and going, and dragging on. Mid way through the book it starts to bog down a bit and seem repetitive in way, like about 50 pages or so of the book could have been condensed down. And pretty much at this point in the story you can figure out what is going to happen. This makes it pretty predictable. A fact that I feel is hard to avoid with a romance story. You just kind of assume the guy is going to get the girl, they will fall in love, and live happily ever after. Prairie Song wasn’t quite able to get past the predictability of the romance.

Then suddenly over the last few chapters I was drawn back in to the story and hooked again. This is the point when I wanted to just keep reading so that I could get to the end (in a good way.) So, overall it started well, dragged in the middle, and ended on a high note.       

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this reviewing purpose.