Monday, May 1, 2017

"Road to Harmony" by Sherry Kyle

About this book:

  “It’s 1907 and a cattle thief is loose in Harmony Valley. Elena Seifert wants to help her father guard his dairy farm, but everyone thinks that's a man's job. When her childhood sweetheart returns to Harmony, her heart is torn between Jonas Bollinger, her secret love, and Lars Rissler, the wealthy middle-aged storeowner her parents hope she marries.
  Jonas never imagined he’d be back in Harmony Valley, but his pa isn’t well. When Jonas makes a promise he wishes he didn’t have to keep, he is torn between loyalty to his family and the woman he has loved since he was a boy.
  The thief continues to strike, while a dispute among dairy farmers stirs up discord in the Valley. Is a truce possible so everyone can live in harmony? And will Elena and Jonas find the inner peace to choose love and still do what is best for their families?”

Series: As of now, no.  

Spiritual Content- 1 Peter 3:8 at the beginning; Scriptures are read & thoughts over; Many Prayers & a blessing over food; A bit of witnessing; Church going, hymns, a pastor & sermons; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; The thief mentions that if he was a praying man, he’d pray to God for help; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of thanking & praising God; Mentions of churches, church going, a pastor & sermons; Mentions of faiths & Christians; A few mentions of when Jonas rededicated his life to the Lord; A few mentions of those in the Bible; A few mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of miracles; A couple mentions of being an angel; A mention of a Bible.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘dumb’, an ‘idiot’, two ‘stupid’s and three forms of ‘blast’; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); Sarcasm & Eye rolling; Pain, passing out & being kidnapped (up to semi-detailed); Shooting someone (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of a thief, stealing, stolen cows, hunting & traps; Mentions of blood, gunfire, shooting someone, & a wound (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of blood, injuries, & saloon fights (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of almost being shot; Mentions of a break-in & a broken window; Mentions of an agreement that almost gets physical; Mentions of drinking, saloons, whiskey, drunks & card games; Mentions of a pipe, smoking, tobacco & a cigar; Mentions of illnesses, diseases, & deaths; Mentions of having to put a horse down (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of shady business dealings, illegal shipments, jail, & a murder; Mentions of blackmail; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of the San Francisco earthquake & deaths; A few mentions of wanting to hit someone; A few mentions of injuries; A few mentions of cow manure; A couple mentions of switches;

Sexual Content- a finger-to-lips touch, a cheek kiss, a head kiss, two (not romantic) kisses, and two semi-detailed; Hand holding, Touches, Embraces, & Tingles (up to semi-detailed); Imagining being kissed & embraced (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting to kiss someone (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting touch someone’s hair; Nearness & Flutters; Noticing & Smelling; The thief says he “hasn’t had a female in a long time”, especially never one looking as “pure as the driven snow”; The thief mentions buying “a night of lovin’ with one of the women [at the saloon]”; Mentions of noticing & touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of kisses, kissing & wanting to kiss; Mentions of marriage convinces & being married in name only; Mentions of feelings, old loves, & fancying someone; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of blushes, impropriety, & intimate conversations between opposite genders; A few mentions of saloon girls; A couple mentions of stealing kisses; A couple mentions of wondering if a kiss will happen; A couple mentions of causing a scandal; A couple mentions of a honeymoon; A couple mentions of a broken heart & a breakup; A couple mentions of swooning; Love, being in love & the emotions;
             *Note: Mentions of women’s figures & curves; A man (not Jonas) mentions that women are the weaker sex & that he’ll tame his wife in no time.

-Elena Seifert
-Jonas Bollinger
                                P.O.V. switches between them & the thief (five times)
                                              Set in 1907
                                                        273 pages

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My personal Rating-
While I remembered enjoying the author’s previous historical, “Watercolor Dreams”, better, I still enjoyed this one! It was interesting historical read set in California in the early 1900s. There were many times I wasn’t sure how it would end, but the ending was the best, of course. I did enjoy the author’s other historical book much more, this was a quick, good read. I really liked how the title was an important part of this book and mentioned often. :)

See y’all on Wednesday 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 Author for this honest review.

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