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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Made the Grade: Wagon Train Cinderella by Shirley Kennedy

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Paperback - Pages: 202; Kindle Edition - File Size: 678 KB | Expected Release Date: February 3, 2015 | Publisher: Kensington Books : Lyrical Press | Obtained: NetGalley

"Wagon Train Cinderella" by Shirley Kennedy

Authors' Book Description : Love can lead you out of the wilderness…

Callie Whitaker is a mistreated stepdaughter who’s been made to feel inferior all her life. When her family takes a wagon train journey to California, Callie begins to realize she’s not the “Little Mouse” everyone said she was. Among others, rugged guide, Luke McGraw, makes her aware of the courage, beauty, and intelligence she never knew she had–and in the process, falls in love.

From Goodreads: Ms Kennedy did such a wonderful job of making the story so realistic, that at times I felt like I was on that wagon train with Callie and her family. .

From Goodreads: There will be a lots of twist and turns in the good and bad in this read and the readers attention will be their front and center turning the pages to see what will be coming next in this enlightening as well as entertaining read.

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. Callie (an adopted daughter who is actually treated like a servant instead of family) follows her family on a wagon train from Tennessee to California. Throughout the journey, Callie comes into her own and becomes independent, learning that she is stronger than she thought.

I liked the beginning and its steady buildup. However, I found that while the ending might have been more historically accurate in regards to the toughness of the trip, I just wasn't happy with how it turned out, even though I appreciated the HEA. Mostly I felt this way because I found romance to be lacking in this novel. Callie & Luke seem to be a good pair but as the novel mostly consists about Callie's growth it’s was really hard to tell. I was happy she stayed away from Magnus though.

Overall, I recommend this to those looking for a historical Women's Fiction novel.

Purchase This Book Here : IndieBound (Paperback) : Wagon Train Cinderella

Author's Novel Extras : Never an ugly romantic heroine! | Inside Wagon Train Cinderella | Wagon Train Cinderella hits #717!

Book Teaser(s) :
"What is it about you that I find so damnably attractive?"
She stepped back, held out her faded skirt and gave him a little curtsy. "The stylish way I dress perhaps?"
His face lit. "That's it! You make me laugh. You make me think of you in the middle of the night. You..." He seemed at a loss for further words, so instead pulled her back into his arms. ~ within Chapter 10
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Shirley, then please check out her website.

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