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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BOOK REVIEW- A DANGEROUS PASSION



This story is centered around the building of the railroad as it goes across the West.  The West is still pretty much the Wild, Wild West. Henry Stevens is General Manager for the Railroad; a man who will do whatever it takes to get the job done.   But he's made enemies and someone has come to investigate him.  That's when Lucy Forbes, enters the picture with her father, who is the one sent to investigate Henry's ways. Lucy is young, beautiful, and smart.  There is an attraction building between Henry and Lucy.  But Henry is used to being in control, is very ambitious, used to moving people around like chess pieces and Lucy longs for freedom adventure. Sounds like the Wild West isn't going to be the only challenge.
It took awhile to get into the people and the situations in the story.  As the story went along, I began to see that Henry had a whole lot more on his plate than it seemed at first.  Both personally and professionally.  He is well written as a forceful, often arrogant man, who seemed to think he knows best in all situations.  But there are glimpses into this man's personality; of carefully hidden emotions of caring for others.  The railroad workers call him, "The Chief", and recognize the toughness and authority he carries.  Lucy was someone who at times, I wanted to smack at first.  Probably because she often went off making judgements without the evidence at first.  I also saw in the story that she had reasons to be so mistrustful and protective of her father and his position.  I guess if I was giving this review a title would be, " A Lot of Misunderstandings".  There are quite a few mysteries going on, so that probably made the story seem to go a bit slower, but a little after half way, it really began to gather steam. Sure Henry and Lucy were still fighting each other and still trying to get what they wanted without risking too much but then the other parts of the story began to come together.  Other people of interest were Henry's sister, Claire, Billy (an orphan boy) and the Garrity, the Sheriff.  While I liked the story, I don't think it was one of my favorites so far. 
By the way, I did really like the cover picture for this eBook. 


"I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review." 

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