Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Review: Spinster's Folly

I was a little hesitant to pick up this book because it's the fourth in a series, (The Owen Family Saga) but I've been reading a lot of historicals lately and this one looked promising.  Marsha Ward is known for her attention to detail and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could read this as a stand alone and really get into the characters even though I hadn't read the previous three books in the series.

It's the story of a family in the Colorado territory, trying to make a go of it,  The oldest daughter, Marie, is afraid she will never get married because there aren't a whole lot of suitable young men for her to consider.  There's a neighboring farmer's son, whom her father chooses, a cowhand who is sweet, but not of her class, and a sophisticated man from town who professes his love.  Marie's choice takes her in unexpected directions and down a path of danger.  It really is a riveting story that takes you back to the time period.

I think Ms. Ward did a wonderful job on her descriptions and on making the characters come to life.  There were a few instances where our heroine seemed a bit naive and I guessed the ending pretty accurately, but I really enjoyed the journey.  It was a quick afternoon read and it immersed me in the lives of this family.  I wasn't sure I liked westerns per se, but Spinster's Folly showed me that I really can like a western--especially one as well-written as this one.

Here is the back copy:

Marie Owen yearns for a loving husband, but Colorado Territory is long on rough characters and short on fitting suitors, so a future of spinsterhood seems more likely than wedded bliss. Her best friend says cowboy Bill Henry is a likely candidate, but Marie knows her class-conscious father would not allow such a pairing. When she challenges her father to find her a suitable husband before she becomes a spinster, he arranges a match with a neighbor's son. Then Marie discovers Tom Morgan would be an unloving, abusive mate and his mother holds a grudge against the Owen family. Marie's mounting despair at the prospect of being trapped in such a dismal marriage drives her into the arms of a sweet-talking predator, landing her in unimaginable dangers. This fourth book in the Owen Family saga is infused with potent heart and intense grit.


Marsha Ward said...

Thank you for reviewing SPINSTER'S FOLLY, Julie. I appreciate your comments.

Donna K. Weaver said...

I really enjoyed this book. I also didn't know if I'd get into the western aspect, but it was great. Marie's naivety made me want to smack her at times. =D

Donna McNeil Gonzales said...

Makes me really want to buy this book, and the other 3.

Shaunna said...

don't you want to smack a lot of heroines? Hey we aren't all as tough as you are..although I'd like to

Debra Allen Erfert said...

I think we all can agree we'd like to smack Marie around a little bit for her poor choices, but without them where would the adventure be?

Marsha really takes the reader to the west with her writing.

Eunice Boeve said...

Sounds like a really good story. I read about it somewhere else and thought the same thing, but got busy and forgot to check it out. Thanks for the reminder.