Friday, January 5, 2018

Beneath a Prairie Moon | First Line Friday, Book Review

Happy New Year! This is the first "First Line Friday" of the year! :) And I've got a fantastic book for the first one! Beneath a Prairie Moon doesn't release until March, but you will definitely want to get it on your list to read! I know that I say this with every new release Kim Vogel Sawyer publishes, but... I think this may be my absolute favorite of hers!! Just re-reading the first line makes me want to stop and read the whole things once more. But I haven't time for that. So, here's just the first line...

"When're you goinna have your letter ready, Mack?"

What's the first line of one of your favorite books?
(or any other one, if you'd like)
Connecting with Hoarding Books for First Line Friday! Hop over and connect with your first line!

My Review

Be prepared for gushing.
Because I love, love, loooooved this book! So a cohesive review may not be possible.

This is probably my favorite of Sawyer's so far. I did NOT want it to end and when I passed it along to my sister, she said the same thing. I just wanted to stay with Abigail and Mack and Helena and Bill and Spiveyville. They were all so real and believable. They each had their struggles, their strong points, and their weak points.

And the men of Spiveyville. Oh wow. I mean, two women of prestigious, Eastern training coming into a town to train sixteen westerners who want mail-order brides? That is such an amazing idea and Sawyer executed it very well! I loved seeing the growth of the various characters, the vastness of their personalities. Yeah... I just loved the characters here!

As always, Sawyer portrayed strong, Christian characters (when applicable) or young Christians who needed room to grow. There wasn't a ton of preaching in this book because the characters lived out their Christian lives. That was so very refreshing to see!

The setting was completely amazing! I loved the many etiquette tips woven throughout the book and in Abigail's personality. It made it feel true to its era.

I forgot at times that the basis of this book was "mail order bride." There really wasn't much romance until the end. It was more of solid friendships being formed and developing into a relationship. There were a few hints of things, but nothing portrayed at all.

This really was just one of the sweetest, most exciting, and un-put-down-able books I've read this year!

*I received this book from Blogging for Books and happily provided my honest review*


Susan Dyer said...

Happy Friday!

My First Line Friday comes from a book I’m reading now, Any Day Now by Robyn Carr.

So, this is what a new life looks like. Sierra Jones opened her eyes on a sunny Colorado morning to that thought.

Have a great weekend and stay warm!

Suzie Waltner said...

Happy Friday! Can't wait to read this new one from Kim Vogel Sawyer with that ringing endorsement!

I’m featuring Valerie Fraser Luesse’s “Missing Isaac” over at my blog, but the first line of the book that is currently sitting in front of is:

“It was no surprise to me that I’d lost track of time.” (from A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner)

englishmysteriesblog said...

Wonderful author!! Happy Friday!

Beckie B. said...

Happy Friday! I'm featuring Oath of Honor over on my blog, but I'll share Life on The Porcelain Edge by C.E. Hilbert here -- Tessa Tarrington's life was in the toilet.

Becky Smith said...

Happy Friday!

My first line(s) is from the Prologue in Susan May Warren’s new book Troubled Waters, which I finished last night:

“Oh, this was a bad idea. Epically, abysmally, horrendously bad.”

Beth Erin said...

What a lovely cover!

Death had a way of creeping up on a soul, and Ivy Thorpe was determined that when it visited her, she would not be surprised.
The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Amanda Tero said...

@ Susan – thanks for sharing! I like that first line.

@ Suzie – oh yes, you should!! :)

@ English Mysteries – YES! :)

@ Beckie – wow, that’s a punchy first line!

@ Becky – I love that first line!!! I need to put Susan May Warren on my TBR-soon list!

@ Beth – yes, I love looking at the cover. :) And yet another mention of “The House on Foster Hill.” One of these days I will read it!!

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