Monday, January 27, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: "The Measure of Katie Calloway"

The Measure of Katie Calloway
By Serena Miller
Copyright 2011
Revel; Baker Publishing Group
Adult Fiction

I like Old West books.  Lots of different ones, actually.  Anything that brings me back to those days as a child when I read the Little House on the Prairie stories.  Maybe it's just the nostalgia.  Or maybe I lived in the Old West in a previous life. Who knows!  Regardless, every time I see a book cover of some prairie girl, I just want to pick up the book and give it a read. 

So that's what happened with The Measure of Katie Calloway, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a neat little story inside.  The main character is a young bride whose husband has just returned from the Civil War and has a brand new bloodthirsty personality.  Katie finds herself, and her little brother whom she is raising, in a very dangerous situation.  When the husband plots to kill Katie, she takes her brother, a horse and a little bit of money and skedaddles.

Katie finds herself in a small town in the West where she runs into a logging camp manager who offers her a cooking job.  She snatches up the job and heads out into the middle of nowhere to cook for a bunch of men.  Lots of fun adventures, a little romance, and a decent climax all made for an entertaining and quick read for the fan of historical fiction. 

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