The Measure of Katie Calloway
By Serena Miller
Revel; Baker Publishing Group
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.