Monday, November 24, 2014

2 out of 5: A New Beginning by Jennifer Mueller

By Jennifer Mueller

Published: October 23, 2014
Book Blurb:

Emma's life hasn't been easy, but when she got married nine years earlier it was supposed to get better. Then the Civil War happened leaving her alone with Charlie, Jacob's son and little else.

One year together in all that time before he announces they have a new home in Cimarron, New Mexico. What else should she expect but him leaving her in the house alone again the very day they arrive?

But when Jacob gets himself killed it starts a new beginning, if only they had a way to keep food on the table. And Matt Colton riding up with cattle solves more than one problem.

Is it possible to trust a man so good looking after what Jacob put her through? One part says yes, but the other doesn't have a chance to find out before Jacob's past is looking for her to pay his debts.


Review by Scarlett Roberts, rating 2 out of 5
This story had a lot going for it. I'm a sucker for a hot cowboy (who isn't?). I enjoyed Emma as the heroine. She had been hurt by her husband but it didn't make her bitter. She was still willing to help people and open herself up when she didn't have to.  It was hard for her to trust another man again,  but Matt was a good man and eventually she saw that and accepted it. I think that's something a lot of women can relate to. 

Sometimes the writing didn't flow smoothly. There would be a conversation between two people then all of a sudden you're at a different location with different people...that made the reading sort of stop-and-go for me at times.  I also thought the relationship between Emma and her stepson was weird and maybe just not written well?  Half the time it seemed he was a good kid,  that Emma had done right by him. The other half of the time she was thinking he was going to be a good-for-nothing man just like his dad; and the side storyline of him getting a girl pregnant, running off and getting married. It didn't really fit in with the main storyline all that well,  kind of muddied the water. 

All in all, this was a good read. I think with a few characters cut out who didn't really contribute anything to the story,  and more time devoted to Emma and Matt,  this could be a really excellent read. My rating, 2 out of 5.

Reviewer, Scarlett Roberts

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