Monday, November 14, 2011

Valley of Dreams by Lauraine Snelling

Cassie Lockwood is the star of a Wild West Show owned by her father and 'uncle Jason'.  She is a trick rider and sharp shooter right up there with Annie Oakley.  After Cassie's father dies she finds that her uncle Jason has made some bad investments and the show is bankrupt and closing down.  With a handful of money, a couple friends from the show, some livestock and a dream, she heads to the land that her father so often talked about.  Will they get there before winter and will her father's Valley of Dreams turn out to be what he said it was??

One of my favorite series is written by Lauraine Snelling.  I love her stories about the Bjorkland family and the town of Blessing.   I was super excited when I seen she was starting a new series.  When I began Valley of Dreams it instantly captivated my attention but about half way through I struggled with it.  I found it lacking in adventure/excitement and everything was drawn out.  Then I got to the last couple chapters and found I was once again captivated by it.  As the book drew to an end I was so enthralled that I was sad that it came to an end and that I will have to wait for the next book in the series to find out more.  I do feel that it was probably so drawn out in an effort to establish the characters, history, story line, etc. but it definitely needed a little more oomph in the middle.   This series definitely has potential.  I am already looking forward to the next book...if it just wasn't for that saggy middle.  I'm hoping the next book in the series is packed full of excitement!  After all when you have a character that is compared to Annie Oakley what more can you hope for!

***This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

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