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Guest Review: A Rainbow for Christmas by Mary Montague Sikes

Posted February 19, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: A Rainbow for Christmas by Mary Montague SikesReviewer: Tracy
A Rainbow for Christmas by Mary Montague Sikes
Published by Oak Tree Press
Publication Date: November 16th 2011
Genres: Westerns, Historical Romance
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As they prepare for their wagon train trip, a gunslinger kills Meg's brother, leaving her to manage the trip--and the care of her orphaned niece-- alone. Meg must ignore her fears and complete the trip to Denver, where she will meet the man who has arranged to marry her, a deal made by Meg's father. Meg's trepidation about her future grows with each mile west, as do her feelings for the handsome wagon master, Cade. "What's a girl to do when she's crossing the prairie by wagon train to marry one man, but falls in love with another along the way? A Rainbow for Christmas will entertain you with its story of love overcoming everything nature--and a very bad man--can throw in Cade and Meg's way." Mary Montague Sikes is a native Virginian who grew up in the historic city of Fredericksburg in the shadow of Civil War battlefields. Motivated by her surroundings, she started writing and painting at an early age. A Rainbow for Christmas is her first Western novel. Sikes is also the author of the Passenger to Paradise romantic suspense novels.

Having been raised on a farm but yet a very gentle woman, Meg is scared and rightfully nervous about travelling to Denver by wagon train. Her brother and sister and law have both died leaving her with her 5 year old niece, Eliza. Her fears about travel lesson as the days go by but her worry over her upcoming arranged marriage to a man she doesn’t know grows each day. Her worry is compounded by the fact that the wagon master, Cade, has not only become her friend but she finally admits to herself that she’s fallen in love with him. When she hears from her fiancé that he will NOT happily take Meg’s niece into her home she’s not only mad but even more concerned about what to expect when she gets to Denver. She knows she doesn’t want to marry this man but she has to in order to save her family’s farm.

When Meg arrives in Denver and has to say goodbye to Cade she’s heartbroken but when she meets her fiancé her life turns upside down. All she wants is Cade but he’s not around and she has to make the best of a bad situation.

This was a very sweet novella. I liked Meg from chapter 1 and didn’t stop. She proved that she was strong, resilient, kind and loving and not afraid to stand up for herself. Her fortitude was a huge plus in my book. Cade was a man who was torn. He had decided never to marry after his wife and child had died but Meg set him on his ear and he wasn’t prepared for the feelings he had toward Meg and Eliza.

The story, while getting in to a bit of background on both main characters didn’t get too emotional. I felt for the characters situations but I wasn’t completely engrossed in their story. The part about Meg’s brother being killed was a bit odd, I thought.  I think we could have been told about his death and then moved on as it explained why Eliza was an orphan.  Meg worried that his murderer was on the wagon train with her but nothing ever really came of it once she found out one way or the other.  As I said it was a sweet story and a good way to pass some time but wasn’t too deep.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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This book is available from Oak Tree Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.


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What I Read Last Week

Posted January 28, 2013 by Tracy in Features | 4 Comments

Well I don’t know if this is “officially” Blue Monday but it certainly feels that way to me. I was helping my parents pack all weekend long and they are loading the truck with their belongings as we speak. Tonight will probably be the last time I see them for a darned long time and, well, it’s hard. I know there are phones and of course Skype but it just won’t be the same without them within driving distance! I’m very sad, to say the least.

Because of my youngest kiddle being sick last week and of course being at my parents’ house all weekend I didn’t get all that much reading done and NO m/m. That’s just wrong. lol!

I started off the week with A Rainbow for Christmas by Mary Montague Sikes. This is a western historical about a woman and her niece who are heading to Denver to start a new life. Meg has been promised in marriage to a man she’s never met but she HAS to marry him so that she can save her family’s farm. She meets the wagon master, Cade, and falls in love with him. She scared and confused and doesn’t know what to do. This was a very sweet novella. There were some parts that I loved and other parts where I wondered why there were in the book at all as they seemed like filler. It wasn’t too terribly deep but a nice way to pass some time. 3 out of 5 (Read for Book Binge) 

Next was a historical called When She Was Wicked by Anne Barton. This story was about a seamstress who is trying to feed her mother and sister and pay for doctor bills and medicine for her mother. She resorts to extortion but a man she picks, a duke, decides that he’s going to catch the thief who is trying to take advantage of him and his sisters. Instead of jail the duke hires her to make new wardrobes for his sisters. The pair fall in love but their stations prevent them from being together…or do they? This was a nice historical but nothing that rocked my world. I didn’t understand the duke’s motivations for letting Anabelle into his home and family life and there were some other issues I had with the story. 3 out of 5 (read for Book Binge)

Next up was Kiss Me by Codi Gary, Cheryl Harper & Jaclyn Hatcher. This is an anthology that’s being released on Feb. 5th for Valentine’s Day. It’s got 3 V-Day novella’s in it and their cute. I’ll post my review for this later this week. 

Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt was another wonderful book in the Maiden Lane series. Godric St. John got married 2 years earlier to a woman he didn’t know because he was bribed by her brother to do so. The woman, Megs, was pregnant by another man. She’s been living in the country the entire time and they don’t know each other at all. Megs, however, has decided that she needs a baby (having lost the first) and heads to London to seduce her husband. Both Godric and Megs have issues with betraying their dead loves and this doesn’t make things easy between them…and then there’re the issues with the Ghost of St. Giles. This was the kind of book where you’re completely engrossed and then it’s over and you’re saying – hey! I want more! lol It had a slightly different feel to it than previous books in this series but still really great. (releases Feb. 26) 4.5 out of 5 

Last for the week was Angels’ Dance by Nalini Singh. This story is a prequel novella as it takes place 400 years before the current books started. This is Jessamy’s story and if you’ve been reading the Guild Hunter stories you’ll know that she’s the teacher from the Refuge. She also has a damaged wing that can never be repaired so she can never fly. She meets Galen who is joining Raphael’s court to become his weapons master. The pair fall in love but Jessamy’s not sure if she can trust herself to give her heart to a man when she knows she can’t leave the Refuge. I just adored this story. I loved Galen. I loved Jessamy. I really loved their story and the way Singh wrote it. This was so very good, and definitely worth reading. 5 out of 5

My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth Essex

Happy Reading!

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