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Book Title: Texas Wildflower|
The author of the book: Susan Wiggs
ISBN 13: 9781420129885
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.5
Date of issue: June 1st 2012
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I had owned this book for more than ten years and had never read it, so I finally read it to belatedly get in my Western romance for the February sub-genre of the month over in the Romance Lovers for the Challenge-Impaired group. I've read quite a few of Wiggs' historicals and liked them, but it's been a couple years since I've read one of hers. I was hoping this one would be good, and it was alright, but mostly I'm just happy to finally have accomplished getting it off of the TBR pile. I'd really rate it more like a 2.5 Stars or even 2.75 Stars, it was ok, and I liked some aspects of it, but it's definitely not one I can see myself wanting to re-read really. It wasn't bad by any means though. I enjoyed the setting in Texas, and the political aspect of the characters fighting to avoid foreign control, before Texas was a state. I found that really interesting, because it's not a period of history I'm real familiar with. I also liked how Shiloh was determined to do her thing, be a spy or find ways to get important papers, even if it pissed Justin off. I liked how she stuck to her guns about that. At the same time though, I found their constant arguing and hot and cold, on and off, irritating at times. Justin was always too quick to anger, and she wasn't much better. They were like two spitting cats most of the time. It got a little aggravating, though I could understand it, at least on Shiloh's side. She was forced into marrying this guy, a stranger, and her family's all 'Well, he seems like a good man, maybe it's what you need.' Huh?! I'd be madder'n hell my family did that to me. And then he tells her she can't go out anymore, and she most definitely can't continue her detective stuff, and she's not welcome to help him with his missions either. Like, sorry toots, you're stuck at home now. Screw that. So I was glad she wasn't so meek, though she had her moments where he ways of sticking it to him were kinda dumb. Like, oh, leave me at home huh? I'll show you! And then she proceeds to clean and fix and paint the house and make it all homey. Durp, I think that was his goal there, girl, so how's that revenge? Same with the making herself all pretty. The story definitely showed that first book/early book signs. It had the interesting base, but the characters were immature at times. But I still was entertained, I enjoyed the last half especially, once they go to England, and then to Washington, and Justin's parents' home, and back to Texas, and then especially once Shiloh struck off on her own to Mexico on that last dangerous mission. Then it really got interesting. So it wasn't bad, but I just didn't like the characters' on and on with the misunderstandings and bickering. Then, the stunt Justin pulls there towards the end, after Mexico, and you think it's going to be happy, she's got good news to tell him, and then... boom, he turns like a dog on her over some unfounded accusations from the bad guys, and months go by in misery... Arg! I wanted to punch him! Repeatedly. The end was rather abrupt too, in my opinion, and almost too easy of a resolution. But. I liked Shiloh's father, and Ina, and the others around the ranch, most especially Ina and Nate hooking up and getting a little HEA, that made me grin a bit. Still think the end was too abrupt though, like... I dunno. So, I'm glad it's finally off the TBR, and happy it wasn't a total bust, wasn't the best book ever but wasn't terrible either. I'll put it with the other books I have by Wiggs, and there's no doubt I'll still be reading books by her :)
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Read information about the authorSusan Wiggs's life is all about family, friends...and fiction. She lives at the water's edge on an island in Puget Sound, and she commutes to her writers' group in a 17-foot motorboat. She serves as author liaison for Field's End, a literary community on Bainbridge Island, Washington, bringing inspiration and instruction from the world's top authors to her seaside community. (See www.fieldsend.org) She's been featured in the national media, including NPR's "Talk of the Nation," and is a popular speaker locally and nationally.
According to Publishers Weekly, Wiggs writes with "refreshingly honest emotion," and the Salem Statesman Journal adds that she is "one of our best observers of stories of the heart [who] knows how to capture emotion on virtually every page of every book." Booklist characterizes her books as "real and true and unforgettable." She is the recipient of three RITA (sm) awards and four starred reviews from Publishers Weekly for her books. The Winter Lodge and Passing Through Paradise have appeared on PW’s annual "Best Of" lists. Several of her books have been listed as top Booksense picks and optioned as feature films. Her novels have been translated into more than two dozen languages and have made national bestseller lists, including the USA Today, Washington Post and New York Times lists.
The author is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book. Readers can learn more on the web at www.susanwiggs.com and on her lively blog at www.susanwiggs.wordpress.com.
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