“Colorado Dream” was written by Charlene Whitman and published in 2016. It is a sweet historical western romance, and is book 5 in The Front Range Series. The book stands on its own. I received the e-book for free via the authors newsletter where she asked for reviews. I’m not being paid for my review.
Synopsis (my summary):
In 1877 a young woman dreams of being a concert violinist. She travels to Colorado to purchase a higher quality violin from a master instrument maker. There she meets the hero who is on the run from an angry rancher and his troubled past. The hero is a cowboy who can tame any wild horse.
Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent
Ratings (1-5 scale):
- Overall: 2
- Hero: 1.5
- Heroine: 1.5
- Read more than once: No
- Read others in the series: No
The story starts by telling the reader about an argument that just happened between the heroine and her father. It then moves to telling the reader about where the heroine lives and about her desire to leave. In order to pursue her dream of being a concert violinist she has to get a new violin. From a violin maker in Colorado. The story explains why she picked this violin maker instead of one down the street. Then she takes her meager savings and runs away to Colorado.
Chapter two introduces the hero. It starts with him running as he is being shot at. It takes a while for the story to unfold as to why he is being chased. He almost dies; and is rescued by a doctor who happened to pass by. As he is in recovery at the doctors home he hears the heroine playing a violin outside.
There were several characters running around. The two main characters made up the bulk of the point of view’s the story was told from. There were times when the point of view would switch to a minor character.
The author took time to research the area, people that lived during the time, and the time period itself.The writing in the novel reflects this; and uses slang and wording from that time period. It can be a bit awkward and confusing at times.
There is a lot of telling in the story; as well as repetition that slows down the story. It also got to be a bit tiresome. It also had complex, run-on, awkward sentences.
4/7/2017 added in Rating Legend.
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