Monday, June 8, 2009

The Wagonmaster

Title: The Wagonmaster
Author: Nita Wick
Publisher: Freya’s Bower
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ISBN: 978-1-935013-47-1
Genre: Western M/F, Historical
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Dr. Adelaide Jennings needs to get to her father in Baker City quickly. He is dying of consumption and she knows only too well that there’s no cure. She went through all the hard work and bullying in order to qualify as a doctor, only to learn that the best she can offer her father is comfort in his final days. She may not be able to cure him but Addie has always been a girl of action so sets out to get a place on the last wagon train heading to Oregon this year. She knows there will be protest and she knows that biding her time for a safer route to her father would be the more sensible option but when Addie decides she wants something, she can be a very stubborn girl indeed. Something Joshua Reynolds is about to find out.

Josh thought the matter was settled. The members of the wagon train that he was escorting along the trail had clearly made up their mind; this journey was no place for an unmarried young lady. However, the good doctor doesn’t seem to understand and Josh really doesn’t have the time to play her little games, however much passion and determination she shows. He certainly isn’t going to agree to such a ridiculous idea as taking her for his wife, no matter how noble her motives. However, it seems that Josh is about to learn very quickly that this strong, independent woman doesn’t take no for an answer.

The Wagonmaster has everything I love in a story; good, strong characters that I cared about, despite being in turn frustrated and amused at their predicament, combined with an interesting, believable plot that kept me reading to the end. The West, my favorite setting for romance, was portrayed well and I lost myself in the harsh yet beautiful surroundings. At just the right length, I didn’t get impatient as Addie and Josh danced around each other, attempting to predict one another’s feelings, while trying to keep a hold of their own. The mistakes both characters make as they grow to know and understand each other make their relationship all the more believable. The tease of what is to come, with characters so perfect for each other and yet being the only people not able to see it, was more than enough to keep the pages turning, with satisfying results. Add a storyline that twisted and turned, providing humor and lighthearted moments, well balanced with the pain and heartache of life in the territories and the result is a fantastic read that I highly recommend to fans of the genre.


Nita Wick said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed The Wagonmaster, Rose! And what a lovely, well written review. Thank you!

Rose said...

Thank you so much for the kind words Nita! It was an absolute joy to read The Wagonmaster and a pleasure to share my enjoyment with others :)