Now, I’m normally more of a Fantasy-reader than a Romance-reader, but there is no doubt I like a good helping of Romance with my Fantasy. And, along with all that, I always find Merry Farmer‘s blog posts insightful and informative, and so I volunteered to be part of her Relase Day blog blits for IN YOUR ARMS, and review a copy…
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So, here is a little bit about the book:
About In Your Arms
Lily Singer has never belonged. Taken from her tribe as a child and raised in a white man’s school, she no longer has a place in either world. Teaching has become her life. When that life is threatened by rumors and prejudice after a string of robberies, she must turn for help to the one man who spells disaster for her carefully ordered existence. Will he save her or steal her heart?
Christian Avery, Justice of the Peace, is used to having things his way. Cold Springs is his responsibility, and when its citizens blame the local Indian population for the mysterious robberies, it’s up to him to restore order and maintain calm. The one person who refuses to follow his lead is the beautiful, native-born Lily. Her defiance turns his life upside down.
But when town gossip shifts from robberies to romance after a foolish indiscretion, Lily’s job and reputation are on the line. She must choose between the only life she has ever known and the only place she has ever felt at home, in Christian’s arms.
Genre classification: Western Historical Romance
My experience with Romance, to date, has been a dabble in the Mills & Boon type, which hasn’t appealed, or Diana Gabaldon’s epic historic fantasy THE OUTLANDER Series, of which I really enjoyed the first few books. IN YOUR ARMS falls somewhere between the two.
One thing I must say is that the last chapter was worth the whole read. Satisfying in the extreme.
I liked that the tale explored the relationship between white folk and people of colour (particularly “Injuns”) in the late 19th century US. This exploration, laced with the double standard for pre-marital sex faced by women, leant the tale a real depth that made the romance (and the sex… yep, herein lies sex) a necessary part of the theme.
Here, you’ll find your favourite romance tropes: a couple who rub each other the wrong way, which eventually helps ignite the sparks that are smoldering under the surface, and the outside/social influences both for and against the couple getting together.
Christian had some great lines that had me giggling. He had a certain boyish charm that, while I didn’t fall head over heels for him myself, had me finding him quite loveable.
Lily had worked hard for her reputation as a good teacher and it was frustrating (in a good way) having to watch her deal with the possibility of giving that up for the sake of following her romantic heart.
Overall, nicely written with some particularly neat narrative turns of phrase and dialogue thrown in.
I received a pre-release review copy as part of the Release Blog Tour.
About the author
Merry Farmer is an award-winning author of Historical Romance and what she likes to call “Sci-Fi for Women.” She lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats and enough story ideas to keep her writing until she’s 132. Her second novel, The Faithful Heart, was a 2102 RONE Award finalist and her unpublished futuristic novel A Man’s World won first place in the Novel: Character category at the 2013 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. She is out to prove that you can make a living as a self-published author and to help others to do the same.
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