Tuesday, April 3, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Lady Lavender by Lynna Banning

Lady LavenderLady Lavender by Lynna Banning

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

QUICK TAKE: 3.5 stars out of 5 (rounded up to 4)

A captivating historical western read with well drawn colorful characters. Civil war hero Washington Halliday is now working for the railroad, and his job is to clear off a widow and her little girl on property belonging to the railway. Jeanne Nicolet is from New Orleans and determined no one is driving her off her property. She grows lavender (hence the name). Wash is a fine hero, honorable but damaged inside, not only from the war but from a broken heart from some years before. Jeanne for her part, trusts no man. How these two get past all their issues is touching. However, the story ran out of steam for me toward the end. Too many subplots and extraneous characters bogged down the ending for me personally. A very good read nonetheless.

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