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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ransom Canyon and Winter's Camp by Jodi Thomas - Book Review

One of my favorite Texas authors, Jodi Thomas, has a wonderful new Texas-flavored novel out that I am so pleased to tell you about. This book, and the e-book prequel, is the beginning of a new series that promises to be one of her best works ever!

Here's is more about the books:

About The Book:

From New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas comes the first book in a compelling, emotionally resonant series set in a remote west Texas town—where family can be made by blood or by choice.  

Rancher Staten Kirkland, the last descendant of Ransom Canyon's founding father, is rugged and practical to the last. No one knows that when his troubling memories threaten to overwhelm him, he runs to lovely, reclusive Quinn O'Grady…or that she has her own secret that no one living knows.

Young Lucas Reyes has his eye on the prize—college, and the chance to become something more than a ranch hand's son. But one night, one wrong decision, will set his life on a course even he hadn't imagined.

Yancy Grey is running hard from his troubled past. He doesn't plan to stick around Ransom Canyon, just long enough to learn the town's weaknesses and how to use them for personal gain. Only Yancy, a common criminal since he was old enough to reach a car's pedals, isn't prepared for what he encounters.

In this dramatic new series, the lives, loves and ambitions of four families will converge, set against a landscape that can be as unforgiving as it is beautiful, where passion, property and pride are worth fighting—and even dying—for.

Winter's Camp

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas has captivated readers around the world with her sweeping, heartfelt family sagas. To introduce her brand-new series, Jodi tells the story behind the unforgiving Texas landscape and how one man claims Ransom Canyon—and a timid beauty—for his legacy…

A wanderer’s life was all James Randall Kirkland had known since he was an orphaned boy in San Antonio. And while years of adventure had satisfied his younger self, now he’s longing to put down roots of his own and is prepared to go it alone. But when he sees the Apache slave woman with the startling blue eyes, the course of his journey is changed forever.

Ever since the Comanche raided her village and took her for their own, Millie hasn’t known any kind of freedom. After years of being outcast, beaten and traded from tribe to tribe, she’s unprepared for James’s patient tone and gentle ways. Still, as her handsome savior slowly earns her trust, Millie struggles between desire and fear, sure it’s just a matter of time before James tires of her and her burgeoning feelings are nothing but another wasted memory.

My Thoughts:

Both "Winter Camp" and "Ransom Canyon" capture the flavor and the mystique that is unique to Texas.  Employing her award-winning storytelling skills, and featuring strong characters with a small town setting, Jodi Thomas brings her readers into the heart of her story that includes a bit of mystery, a lot of romance, and a generous helping of western flair that makes this novel and any upcoming novels in the series one that Jodi's fans will be sure to look for and enjoy!

I really enjoyed the e-book novella, "Winter Camp," which was set 100 years in the past and gives the background for the story found in "Ransom Canyon." Jodi presents the history of the area in West Texas accurately while keeping the story intriguing and fast-moving. It is a well done piece of historical fiction and perfect as the kickoff to this new series.

If you enjoy series that include memorable characters, a fascinating storyline, and close relationships, then the "Ransom Canyon" books will be right up your alley!

Watch for "Rustler's Moon," the next book in the series, coming in January 2016!

About The Author:

Jodi Thomas

New York Times and USA Today's bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels "Distinctive...Memorable," and that in her stories "[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes."

In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN'S REWARD. She also received the National Readers' Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008).

While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

My thanks to Jodi Thomas for providing the review copy of this book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.  Also, I purchased the novella for my personal collection.

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1 comment:

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I'm a big fan and can't wait for the next book in the series :)