Willow Springs by Carolyn Steele
Crissa Engleson, an immigrant from Sweden, fled Boston hoping to start a new life, unknown and unencumbered, in the West. The quiet Pony Express town of Willow Springs in the Utah desert seemed the perfect spot until the intrigue of her past and rivalries of the town’s leading families envelope her. She falls in love with an Express rider, Drake Adams, but their courtship is thwarted by blackmail and treachery. Crissa must decide which is stronger: her desire for Drake, her own safety, or her love for the two young children left in her charge.
When I heard about Willow Springs I was doubly intrigued by the historical Western setting and the inclusion of a Pony Express rider (did anyone else watch The Young Riders in the early 90's?). I also loved the cover. It would definitely catch my eye at a bookstore or library.
The author did a great job of capturing my attention with the beginning of the story. I was very interested to find out about Crissa's past, and her future. I was also pulled in by the setting, and the other characters.
Willow Springs has a lot of twists and turns. While I like suspense, and definitely don't want completely predictable stories, the drama was a bit excessive for my taste. But, if you enjoy (or don't mind) a soap opera feel to a story, give Willow Springs a try.
About the Author:
Born and raised in Utah, Carolyn Steele was introduced to western novels at a very young age by her grandfather, the son of a gold miner. She has been writing technical and marketing communications for most of her adult life. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in numerous national magazines. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Utah. Married and living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Carolyn loves researching obscure history then weaving it into stories. She also enjoys family dinners with her children and grandchildren, photography, travel, golf, reading, and all forms of needlework.
Title: Willow Springs
Author: Carolyn Steele
Publisher: Sweetwater Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc.
Published: August 2014
Source: I received an eCopy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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