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Monday, April 29, 2013

Review of Peace River by Jaclyn M. Hawkes

Peace River – an entertaining historical romance set in 1848 in the American West.


Review by Book Readers

Peace River is the first book in the Rockland Ranch series by Jaclyn M. Hawkes.  The story is about the struggle of a young girl who has an abusive, alcoholic father with a gambling addiction.  Carrie is an heiress to her grandfather’s multi- million dollar thoroughbred farm and is afraid her father will try to take everything from her. The following passage from the book will give the reader an insight into the religious aspect and possibly the inspiration for the title.   "Your grandfather wanted this farm to be in both our names.  He died trusting it would be that way, and that's the way it will stay.  They wouldn't let us take it out of your name legally anyway.  Come.  Dry your tears and we'll figure something out.  The Good Lord is in His heaven, and He is in control.  Remember His promise in Isaiah, 'And I will extend peace to her like a river.'  Have faith.
The police do not understand the danger she is in, Carrie’s love of her horse and fear of her father drive her away from the farm.   Carrie and her world famous stallion end up travelling with two Rodeo cowboys and she falls in love with one of them.
There is a religious theme throughout the story.  Readers who are not particularly religious may find this annoying.    Those comfortable with the Latter-day Saint faith will appreciate the religious part of the book.   But the strong story line and characters keeps one involved and turning the pages.  There is lots of action, adventure, and romance to keep most readers turning the pages.
I found Ms. Hawkes way of developing the characters relationships refreshing.  She leads us along the path of friendship and respect to love and commitment in a sensitive way.  At the same time, Jaclyn keeps us on track with a sense of everyday realism.  I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more from the series.  I would definitely recommend this book for readers who prefer romance with action and a little danger.  


“Carrie walked into the mostly empty diner and waited by the front counter for Anna to respond to the sound of the bell on the door.  The only people in the place were two men in the back part of the dining room working on heaping pieces of pie.  They’d both looked up as the bell sounded and seemed to be openly studying her.  Their expressions weren’t flirtatious or aggressive, just frankly curious, and she discreetly returned their scrutiny.

...She walked purposefully up to their table and they immediately stood up.”


Jaclyn M. Hawkes grew up in Utah with 6 sisters, 4 brothers and any number of pets. (It was never boring!) She got a bachelor’s degree, had a career and travelled extensively before settling down to her life’s work of being the mother of four magnificent and sometimes challenging children. She loves shellfish, the out of doors, the youth and hearing her children laugh. She and her fine husband, their family, and their sometimes very large pets, now live in a mountain valley in northern Utah, where it smells like heaven and kids still move sprinkler pipe.

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