Friday, March 18, 2016

"Heartbreak Trail" by Susan K. Marlow

About this book:

  “Andrea Carter can ride, rope, and cut out cattle with the best of her brothers’ ranch hands. Yet, her mother has always held the family’s youngest daughter back from fully participating in ranch activities.
  With the approach of her fifteenth birthday, even the ranch boss, big brother Chad, can’t deny that his baby sister is better at ranch skills than some of his cowhands. When Andi announces that her quinceañera birthday wish is to join the upcoming cattle drive, her family is stunned. But after further discussion and multiple newspaper clippings about spirited women who balked at society’s expectations, even Mother agrees that the only way to get this cattle-drive notion out of Andi’s head is by letting her and her cousin Levi go along as Cook’s helpers. Andi is elated. What can go wrong on a two-week drive to Los Angeles?
  Andi quickly discovers that a cattle drive is a dirty, dangerous business with little sleep and the same food day after day. Between late nights, dust, mosquitos, and an abrasive cowhand trying to win Andi’s attention, it is definitely not a holiday. Andi grimly determines she will stick it out. When a river crossing goes wrong and Chad is shot in a gunfight with suspicious men who have been shadowing the herd, Mitch the trail boss finds himself dangerously shorthanded. Andi and Levi can no longer just give Cook a hand. It’s time to pitch in and help Mitch get their cattle to market―any way they can.”

Series: Book #2 in the “Circle C Milestones” series.
(Review of Book #1 Here!) {This series is a continuation of this author’s other series “Circle C Beginnings” (for ages 6-8) and the original, “Circle C Adventures” (for ages 8-14). {More about this new series: “Picking up the story line of Andrea Carter and the Price of Truth, Thick as Thieves sees Andi growing up just in time for her loyal readers to grow alongside her. The Circle C Milestones series will follow Andi from age 14 to 17, as she begins to tackle the more serious issues facing an older audience and--eventually--discovers love.”} }

Spiritual Content- Philippians 4:13 at the beginning; Many Prayers; A Scripture is remembered; an ‘H’ is capital when referring to God; Mentions of God; A mention of a plague from the Bible; A mention of church; A mention of Heaven.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dadblasted’, a ‘shut up’, a ‘sucker’, a ‘what in blazes’, a ‘what in tarnation’, two ‘doggone’s, and two ‘dumb’s; A couple curses are said not written; Almost drowning (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of deaths, blood, gunshots, injuries & wounds (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of threats of pain; Mentions of fighting & hitting (up to semi-detailed); A few mentions of eating cows & camels; A mention of saloons; A mention of throwing up.

Sexual Content- a blown kiss, an attempted kiss & a forced kiss; Being touched (barely-above-not-detailed, mostly the waist); A flirt makes Andi’s insides feel whirly; A jerk says he’s a good kisser; A couple mentions of a kiss; Mentions of beaus, good-looking cowboys & pretty girls; Mentions of protective & loyal cowhands over the Carter women.

-Andrea “Andi” Carter, age 14
                                                P.O.V. of Andi
                                                    Set in 1883
                                                        168 pages

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My personal Rating-
I found this one to be good, but I didn’t really enjoy it due to The Jerk. (Yes, capital ‘T’ and ‘J’.) I was ranting about him out loud while I read. On the positive side, there were quite a few prayers, which was nice. I hope to see Andi growing in her faith as the series continues. :)

See y’all on Monday 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.

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