Friday, 16 December 2011
Book review - Valley of Dreams by Lauraine Snelling
When Cassie Lockwood's mother died, Cassie began travelling with her father's Wild West Show. Along the way, she became an amazingly skillful trick rider and sharpshooter, likened by some to the famous Annie Oakley. When her father passed away, she continued to work with the show, having nowhere else to go.
Now Cassie has discovered that "Uncle" Jason, the show's manager, has driven the show into debt, and he's absconded with what little money was left. Devastated, Cassie decides to try to find the hidden valley in the Black Hills of South Dakota where her father had dreamed of setting down roots. She has only one clue. She needs to find three huge stones that look like fingers on a giant hand. With Chief, a Sioux Indian who's been with the act for twenty years, and Micah, the head wrangler, she leaves the show and a bundle of heartache behind and begins a wild and daring adventure.
Will they find the valley before winter closes in on them?
My review: I must say I have never been this disappointed in a book before. That publisher's blurb tells only half the story - literally. There is one storyline about Cassie and her friends and then suddenly there is a completely different storyline about others you have never been introduced to.
The writing was mediocre at best. A huge portion of both stories could simply be cut out and thrown away as it added nothing to the plot at all. Hearing about how one brother hates to milk the cow is sufficiently stated once, we don't need to be reminded 4 more times. Telling us about mundane tasks in great detail did nothing to add to the intrigue.
I was patiently waiting for the story lines to merge and they finally do - on the very last page! To completely leave us hanging. Now I know this is the first book in the series, but you finish one book before you write the next - this book is NOT finished - it simply ended! It is like the publisher missed inserting the last chapter.
I would not recommend reading this book unless you have all books at once so you can continue the story and plenty of time to read all the boring parts.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".