Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"Trails & Targets" by Kelly Eileen Hake

About this book:

  “A Darlyn in Distress
   Beatrix Darlyn holds her family together. Plentiful prayers and unconventional interests enliven hard work on the family farm, but talent with a trigger won’t pay her father’s debts. For the sake of her three sisters, Bea pushes her pride aside to take a leap of faith.
    A Reluctant Rescuer
   Greyson Wilder can’t outrun the pain of his past—but he does his best to bury it. A man who’s outlived all his loved ones can’t find a better business than selling the skeletons of slaughtered buffalo. There’s no one to care for, but no one to disappoint—until a sharpshooting farm girl waylays him with an irresistible offer.
    An Unlikely Partnership
   When their plans go awry, Greyson finds himself saddled with the sisters, who surprising skills might be the ticket to surviving the Wild West. Whether it’s trick shots or throwing knives, these women aim to succeed and never miss a target. Can Greyson convince Bea to set her sights on him, or will they both miss their shot at love?
    Join the Dangerous Darlyns as the adventure begins, with Trails & Targets!”

Series: Book #1 in the “Dangerous Darlyns” series.

Spiritual Content- Mentions of Church going, Church going, Hymns are sung, Jonah & the whale, and Mary & Martha; a Mention of cleanliness being next to godliness; Jodie says it’s God’s job to watch over her from Heaven; Grey doesn’t think he’s worthy of God; Bible reading & many Scriptures from Philippians are quoted; Strong Faiths & Faiths grow; Talks about God & Trusting Him.  
*Note: There’s a town called Devil’s Lake; “They must go to Devil’s Lake to raise h*ll”, “before you catch h*ll”, “h*llish”, “heaven and h*ll”, “sure as h*ll”, and “go to the devil” are all said at least once.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘darn’, a ‘dumb’, a ‘hush up’, a ‘shady’, a ‘shoot’, three ‘hush’s, three or four forms of ‘heck’, four forms of ‘stupid’, six forms of ‘biddy’, eleven forms of ‘idiot’; mentions of plucking ducks & chickens (semi-detailed); Hunting (barely-above-not-detailed); Drinking, Saloons, Gambling, wanting to drink; Talks of buffaloes & their bones (semi-detailed being the highest); Mentions of cigar smoking; Guns, shooting, and aiming (barely-above-not-detailed); Blood (barely-above-not-detailed).

Sexual Content- two forms of ‘hoyden’ and two ‘wh*re’s; a semi-detailed kisses; Wanting to kiss; Notices, Gazes & Touches (highest for all being semi-detailed); Men state at the Darlyn sisters (which makes Jodie want to get rid of them all); Grey falls in love with Bea quickly & thinks improper things (only one is mention, “snuggling under the covers…besides Bea”); Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Beatrix “Bea” Darlyn
-Greyson “Grey” Wilder
                                        P.O.V. switches between them, Jodie, & Miles
                                              Set in 1889                                                    
                                                   328 pages

Pre Teens- 

New Teens- 
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Early High School Teens- 
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Older High School Teens- 
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My personal Rating- 
(and a half)

{ Because of the minor cussing and h*ll being mentioned/said many times, ratings were lowered. }
I was really-really-really excited to read “Trails & Targets”! (Again, a girl with a gun—I like those stories! ;) ) I think I put too much pressure on this novel & comparing it to “Plots & Pans”. While I laughed many times, loved the growing Faiths, the talents of the sisters and liked that they was only one kiss; I had to give a lower rating because of the minor cussing. But, I will be reading the rest of the series when they come out. :)

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Shiloh Press Run) for this review.

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