Thursday, January 23, 2014

Into The Land of Shadows by Kristy McCaffrey

Title:  Into the Land Of Shadows
Author:  Kristy McCaffrey
Published:  December 5th 2013 by Prairie Rose Publications
Length:  230 pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  historical romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Ethan Barstow has come to Arizona Territory to search for his younger brother, Charley. It’s been five years since a woman came between them and it’s high time they buried the hatchet. He soon learns that his brother has broken more than one heart in town, has mysteriously and abruptly disappeared, and that an indignant fiancée is hot on his trail.

Kate Kinsella pursues Charley Barstow when he skips out of town without a second thought. Not only has he left Agnes McPherson alone and pregnant, but everyone still believes that he and Kate are engaged, a sham from the beginning. An ill-timed encounter with a group of ruffians has her suddenly in the company of Ethan Barstow, Charley’s brother and a man of questionable repute. As they move deeper into the shadows of the Arizona desert, family tensions and past tragedies threaten to destroy a relationship neither of them expects.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

McCaffrey has yet another hit with this one. It will definitely stand the test of time. I found myself firmly placed in the time period. McCaffrey does a brilliant job of developing not only her scenery but the storyline itself in a very visual manner. The fact that her characters never take the easy route makes the story all the more compelling. I was thoroughly entranced throughout.

McCaffrey’s characters are brilliant as well. Not only are the main characters compelling individuals that you want to see succeed; they are individuals with heavy pasts that they must learn to deal with. Getting to know them was very emotionally rewarding. The supporting cast was also quite varied, well developed and suited the story perfectly. I loved how they interacted with each other and how they always stayed true to form.

McCaffrey makes history your present while reading her work. This was a brilliant read that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone.

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