Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Book Review: "Claim: A Novel of Colorado" (The Homeward Trilogy)

Claim: A Novel of Colorado
Author: Lisa Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
ISBN: 9781434767066
Genre: fiction, Christian

Synopsis: (taken from Goodreads.com)

"Sent west by their father to make a new life, the St. Clair siblings have done so—but hardly as he’d wished. Beautiful, headstrong Moira, after pursuing a career on the Paris stage, has returned to Colorado Springs—older, wiser, and certainly much poorer—to see if there’s anything left of a relationship she’d left behind. Older sister Odessa and her husband, Bryce, are struggling to rebuild their ranch after a devastating winter. And then Nic, the prodigal son, turns up—broken, haunted, and sick about leaving his sisters.

At last the family is reunited. But Dominic is still at loose ends, seeking a peace that has always eluded him. Only as he mines an old claim deep in the Rocky Mountains and begins a romance with a local schoolteacher does he begin to understand how passionately he is loved—by God, his family, and a good woman. But even as he relinquishes his fury, Nic discovers there is one last battle to fight.
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My Comment:

I always jump at the chance to read part of a series to see if it can be read as a stand-alone or if one has to read the series. I have been caught on this many times, not finding any mention in the synopsis by the publisher or the book seller. My frustration gets even worse as I find out that I can no longer get the rest in the series.

Although I found this a very good read, I found I was lacking in the background of many of the characters. With "Claim" being Book #3 in The Homeward Trilogy, I'm sure there's a great deal I've missed.

I did enjoy the writing style of the author. She certainly has a way with presenting the story and holding one's attention. I also found the story line to be very interesting and very exciting in places. The characters felt believable and quite real, but I feel I can't do this book justice without reading the first two. I know it has been said by others that this can be read as a stand-alone, but I feel like I've just missed quite a bit and don't quite agree. This is one book that I feel needs the others to really do it justice. I am putting the first two on my 2-purchase list. I really don't want to miss this trilogy - "Claim" certainly has piqued my interest in the whole series.

If you would like to read the series in order, Book #1 is "Breathe" and Book #2 is "Sing" (which I would highly recommend doing).

If you'd like to find out more about the author or her books, please visit Lisa at: http://lisatawnbergren.com/

This book was supplied by B&B Media for me to honestly review.

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