Friday, June 25, 2010

Book Review: A Love of Her Own by Maggie Brendan

Since I had never before read a book by Maggie Brendan, I wasn't sure what to expect.

April travels from her home in Colorado to Montana, where her brother is getting married. She meets several people who welcome her to their town and attempt to become friends with her. April refuses their offers of friendship and finds fault with everything that happens. She meets a man who tries to win her heart, but April is still gun-shy after a previous failed relationship. It takes quite a while for the townspeople and the wannabe beau to convince April that she needs to stop being so selfish and to open her heart and life to love.

After reading the synopsis, I saw that this would be another prairie romance, which I sometimes hold my breath while reading, hoping the plot line will not be too predictable.

Love of Her Own, A: A Novel (Heart of the West)
Well, I must say, I released my held breath soon after beginning A Love of Her Own. It turned out to be a rather pleasant story, although I became pretty annoyed at April's behavior. She was a spoiled brat, complaining constantly about everything. But as I read more, I saw that the extreme attitudes were somewhat necessary in order for the author to show the changes that came about in April as the story progressed. I came to like her at the end. I think the only thing I would change about the book would be more conflict between the characters and a little more excitement. There were a few tense scenes, but not enough for me.

All in all, Ms. Brendan's book is an enjoyable read, especially for those who are ardent fans of "prairie romance".

Available June 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

(I received this book from Revell Books for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)

1 comment:

Carrie said...

My favorite Prairie Romance of all times is O Susanna, by J.R. Williams and, honestly, I can't even tell you if it was REALLY good or not. I read it when I was 15 and I fell head over heals in love with the story. So much so that although I've ditched countless other "romantic tales" - this one has traveled with me and is still staring at me on my bookshelf, waiting for a re-read. I read your review here and kinda feel like visiting a prairie myself. =)

Fun stuff!