I really like Debra Ullrick. She writes a story that immerses the reader. I felt for the characters and the storyline was good.
I loved some of the descriptions:
...he looked "like a peacock in a goat show"... or, "that man was phonier than a fifteen-cent piece". I love these!
do question the description of one of Jake's mail order bride
applicants. She is 5 foot 9 and 145 pounds. She is considered "stocky"
and "strong as an ox". What the whaat? Seriously? 5'9, 145 lbs STOCKY??
I'm 5'2 and 135 lbs and am yes, marginally stocky. But if I grew 7
inches and yet only gained 10 pounds I think people would agree that I
was painfully thin. By the way, did people even weigh themselves back
then? Ok. I digress...
Being married to an
Englishman I also thought the description of Leah's possible love
interest was extremely stereotyped and very much an American view of the
English. For example, no one says theyre having a "spot of tea". I
seriously doubt they ever did (but I may be wrong on that). I'm nit
picking here but it bugged me a little while I was reading it. Also did
you know every Englishman wears a top hat and has crooked teeth? Just
In this book I felt that the
first two chapters were clumsy (sorry!) with a lot of telling and not
enough showing. It seemed silly and I actually put it down and read a
couple other books before picking it up again. But I'm glad I did go
back to it because it really was excellent once I got into it. (and once
I recognized the characters and was like Hey! Kitty the Pig is back!
Oh, let me look at this..).
For those who are reading Debra
Ullrick for the first time, I need to mention that this is the third in a
series. They are stand alone but you might want to read them in order
so you can follow the characters as they grow up. Her other two are "The
Unlikely Wife" and "The Unexpected Bride". "The Unlikely Wife" is my
favorite but they are both very good.
Some may be surprised that
with all my complaints I still gave it 4 stars. Well I felt that even
with its flaws I really enjoyed it so to me that's worth 4 stars.
Bottom line: It's good, if you don't think so JUST KEEP READING!!
is no sex, no cussing and the only violence is a description of how her
father died when a tree fell on him. It is mentioned more than once and
might disturb some sensitive readers.
*UPDATE* Ok, it was just bugging me and I had to look it up. When were scales invented for weighing people? Here's what I found:
"The first coin operated
scale was brought to the US from Germany in 1885. A few years later, in
1889, the National Scale Company manufactured the first coin operated
scale in the U.S.It was huge, weighing more than 200 pounds, but it was
one of the first automatic vending machines. Drop in a penny, and you
got to see your weight.
Soooooo, since this story takes place in
1886, (only one year after A SCALE was brought from Germany) it is
unlikely that someone off the street would have been able to weigh
themselves. This wasn't an option until 1889.
Just a point.