Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Review–Plots and Pans

plotsandpansOrder dictates Tucker Carmichael’s life—his orders. On a cattle drive, a moment’s hesitation can mean death. The Chisholm Trail is dirty, dangerous, and no place for women.

After years at school, Jessalyn Culpepper has come home and is determined to show everyone that a woman can manage everything from cooking to cattle—whether they like it or not!

Tucker tries to manage his partner’s headstrong sister, horrified when she wants to join the cattle drive. But when they need a chuck wagon cook, Jessalyn seems the only solution.

Will God stir up love along a trail filled with their Plots and Pans?

My Rating: 2.5 Stars

I’m really torn with this book. I have to admit, I haven’t finished it yet. This is the first time that’s happened. I got about 75% done and decided I had to set it aside. I do want to finish it at some point, but I thought it best to quit for now.

The thing is, the writing is very good. Very witty and entertaining. I loved that when I started reading it. And I even really like Jess! That’s definitely saying something since I typically like less than a quarter of the female protagonists I read about. I had really high hopes when I started this book. Where things went wrong for me, personally, was the internal monologue of the characters. As I said, it’s incredibly witty, but . . . there was just too much. It took up the majority of the book, and I began to feel as if nothing was actually happening. There was no antagonist that I’m aware of unless one shows up in the last quarter of the book. It was just the conflict between the two main characters. I guess I’m just used to quite a bit more action and less monologue.

On a good note, it has a good cast of characters. As I said, I really like Jess, and Tucker is an interesting character as well. My favorite besides those two was Desta. I really liked her part in the story. So if you don’t mind a more slow-paced Western romance with a spunky female protagonist and entertaining banter, you’ll probably enjoy Plots and Pans a lot more than I did.

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I am not much for Western romances. My mum loves them, and I read a few, but I am more like you I think, in that I need a bit more action. I do like the covers though ,they are always fun.