Monday, May 11, 2015

Book Review: Softly Falling by Carla Kelly

Title: Softly Falling
Author: Carla Kelly
Enjoyment Rating: ****
Source: Digital Copy
Content Alert: A clean read

When Jack, a Wyoming ranch foreman, is given the job of fetching Lily Carteret for her alcoholic father, the ranch clerk, he's not sure what to expect. When Lily, a beautiful biracial girl who had been raised by her uncle in England, steps off the train, all of her expectations of life in Wyoming are unmet, especially the one that her father, who has lost all of his land in a card game (to Jack), will care for her. Instead, as the worst winter in memory sets in, Lily and Jack are the ones who must care for everyone else on the ranch. As they show their true grit, they also fall in love.

One thing I love about Kelly's books is that they focus on ordinary characters, and Kelly allows a slow build up to the romance. Softly Falling reminded me a lot of Ivan Doig's wonderful Dancing at the Rascal Fair (a slow burn of a story that takes place in a similarly wintry Montana). This one is perfect for curling up with on a rainy day, but maybe not during a blizzard.

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