is the second book in the series about Timber Springs. While this
book can be read on its own, I would suggest reading To Soar On
Eagles Wings first. You can read my review of that novel here.
the novel opens, the town is in danger of severe flooding. Steve, the
local game warden we met in the earlier novel, takes charge of saving
the town from total destruction. Even though the timber company was
told to not have men in the mountains, there is a crew that got sent
up and hasn't been heard from since. Paul, local pharmacist and
Steve's brother-in-law, leads a group of four to find and rescue the
is a great deal of action in this novel as the narrative alternates
between the flooding town and the mountain rescue. The rescue team
has a hard time going up the unpaved road that is flooded in many
though there is lots of action, I think the novel is more about
relationships. There is much going on between Paul and his siblings –
lots of hurt and anger. There is a sudden romance that blossoms
between Paul and Melissa, good friend of Steve's wife. It seems to go
from nothing to intensity in a matter of hours.
had difficulty liking the characters in the novel. Most of them
seemed angry most of the time. I didn't like Melissa. She was so
impulsive and thought she knew better what needed to happen than
those in charge. I did not respect her at all.
found Blare's writing style difficult. Her use of pronouns had me
scratching my head often. Here's an example:
ran a hand through his messy hair. 'Paul, come here please.'
stood over his sibling for a moment...”
“he” is actually referring to Paul but I think with the rules of
English, the pronoun should be referring to Steve, the subject of the
earlier sentence. Here's another:
walked around the table and gripped his hand.”
He gripped his own
hand? No, the “his” is supposed to refer to another person and
indicate a handshake.
also found the hyped up language difficult. A comforter became
“silk-encased feathers.” People did not turn their heads, their
heads snapped. The pop of a fireplace was a crack that ricocheted off
the room's walls. Here is one that really bothered me. The scene is the
rescue men driving up the mountain, and remember this is a novel
about lots of flooding. “Joshua rounded the next curve, and a wall
of water met them.” A flash flood? No, just heavier rain so Joshua turned the wipers up to a higher speed and continued on.
had difficulty with some of the lack of scene construction. For
example, the town is flooding and there are sand bags at storefronts
and a piece of heavy equipment just got swept away by the waters. But
then two women get in a car and drive off. Was the car parked on a
hill? I just could not picture how that could all take place in the
who enjoy hyped up action and aren't bothered by lack of attention to
detail may enjoy this novel. A touching romance is included and the
gospel is clearly presented.
am taking part in a blog tour of this book and you can find links to
other reviewers here.
rating: 3/5 stars.
Blare was raised in Louisiana and Wyoming. She has been writing since
junior high. She attended pharmacy school and still counts pills. She
lives in Wyoming with her husband where she loves to fish, hunt, and
play classical guitar. You can find out more at www.reneeblare.com
and follow her blog at http://reneeblare.blogspot.com/.
Independent Publishing Platform, 346 pages. You can purchase the book
received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate
Lit for the purpose of an independent and honest review.