Title: A Vision of Lucy
Series: Rocky Creek Romance
Book Number: Three
Author: Margaret Brownley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Trouble seems to follow Lucy Fairbanks wherever she happens to go, so it’s no surprise that she found herself in a pickle again. When Lucy is trying to get a photograph of the elusive and possibly mythical white mustang she discovers something else entirely. A Wells Fargo stage robbery.
When she somehow finds herself right on top of the problem riding out of control, she is rescued by a man who’s only way of stopping her nervous habit of chattering away is to give her lips something else to do, like kissing.
David Wolf has secrets and is on a mission to get back what was stolen from him as a young boy. He just can’t seem to get a particular chattering woman out of his mind. After getting shot because of and healed by that very same woman, he gets to know her and she him. But he knows that it could never work because of his mixed blood.
As soon as I started reading the first page of this book I was ripped into the story. The book starts out with no lack of action; within the first few pages Lucy is already facedown on a runaway coach that she has no idea how to drive.
Despite knowing that she would make it through the ordeal safe and mostly sound, I got knots in my stomach and was absolutely enthralled with how well the tension and fear was translated through the pages of the first chapter.
And the quality didn’t diminish after the first chapter. Chapter after chapter is filled with colorful descriptions conjuring up mental images of not only the landscape and characters, but of moods and feelings as well. Each sentence of the book captures the feelings and lets the reader experience it first hand. Every emotion is handled in such a way that makes you feel just what that character is feeling at that moment.
Speaking of characters, there are no want for more in this book. In fact, there are just enough where if your not careful you’ll get confused. Plus there are at least three romances throughout the course of the storyline, not counting Lucy and David’s. The characters, however, could be called a lot of things but shallow is not one of them. Each character has a story and though there are characters where their background doesn’t really take the spotlight, their story is still told to some extent. The characters in this story are memorable and even the unlikable characters are ones that I’ll remember for years to come.
Like I said before there are at least four romances including Lucy and David’s. The supporting character’s romances are quick and certainly a shock to the men, but Lucy and David’s romance takes the course of the 336 pages to develop and grow and even though I would have liked to have some of the limelight be shared with the other romances (or at least two of them) I’m very happy with how they were handled and developed.
Lucy and David’s romance is a mixture of stolen kisses and them searching for David’s treasured box that was stolen by four older boys that shoved him down a river around twenty years prior. Most of their romance is filled with sweet moments that can’t help but make you smile, but it has it’s parts where you want to knock some serious sense into David.
The whole mystery of the book is who the other two boys were that fateful day in David’s life. After they find the third (who it was didn’t really surprise me) and after talking to them, they realize they have to find the fourth man in order to find the prized box, but no one is willing to tell who he is.
Who the final man is and the culprit to a great amount of things comes to light and you discover the reasons and secrets hidden behind their choices. The final man really caught me off guard and the person that ties everything up certain throws me for a loop. The reasons why this person did what they did were off kilter and totally insane, but somehow it worked. I don’t fully understand how, but it did work.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was going to be just another western with a female photographer, but I was pleasantly surprised. This book is great for teens, adults, and maybe even the occasional mystery reader. I definitely give this book a four out of five.
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