Monday, November 7, 2011
The Outer Edge of Heaven
Jaclyn M Hawkes
"He'd just fixed an explosion with a pocketknife and a quarter."
All her life Charlie Evans has done what her parents have told her to, even to the point of graduating in the major they picked out for her and considering law school. But with their continued pressure on her to conform to their ways - especially when they start pushing her to marry a divorce lawyer, she has to escape. Following her best friend to his uncle's farm in Montana, she hopes to find a respite before facing law school. What she doesn't expect to find is the ever attractive Luke Langston, her best friend's cousin. Being thrown into a large family and ranch life is nothing like anything Charlie has ever experienced, and she finds she is liking it more and more. But when unexpected danger surfaces, everyone will have to decide where their priorities lie.
My Opinion: This book had an interesting premise but I think it fell just a little short. The overall plot was fine, though a little unfounded in the justification of actions. Charlie was a good enough character, but she didn't seem to have the depth needed for real personal growth nor proper reactions to the events in the story. She seemed a bit irrational at times with a character that didn't seem to fit with her background. Luke was a good though shallow character without much of a backbone. The romance was light and the interactions between Charlie and Luke were dry and repetitive. Fo was a good character as well as the other side characters. (Just a note, this is an LDS book - not that it's preachy, but there are many factors that wouldn't make much sense to a non-LDS familiar audience.)
I received a free copy of this book to review. No other compensation was given. The summary and review are 100% my own.