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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Desperate Journey **Debra Parmley**

Publication Date: July 22, 2008
Genre: Historical/Suspense/Adventure
Series: N/A
List Price: $4.40
Sensuality: PG
Stars: 4/5


Sometimes a journey of the heart is the most dangerous journey of all. Sally Wheeler learned the hard way that men aren't always what they seem. Now she will stop at nothing to track down the bigamist husband who stole her child and abandoned her on their failing Kansas farm. Even if it means traveling with a handsome maverick who could change her mind about men.

Free after spending seven years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Rob Truman aims to balance the scales of justice on the man who sent him there—Luke Wheeler. His quest doesn't include falling for the one woman who will lead him to his quarry, but Sally's courage in the face of her fear touches his soul.

Through dangerous days and nights on the trail, neither Sally nor Rob can ignore their growing feelings for each other. Yet both are haunted by the poor judgment that, in the past, led them down the wrong road. Love—and trust—are luxuries neither of them can afford.

But as the bullets start flying, love may be all that saves them—and Sally's son.

Warning: This title contains ornery mules and ornery men. Get ready to see how the West was really won – one relationship at a time!

My Opinion:
My favorite character in this book would have to be Moss. The way he talks to himself, his feigned gruffness, makes him a cutie. I love a gruffy man.

I had a blast following Sally's journey to Texas. Even though the adventure was terrible and at sometimes heartbreaking for the characters, I learned a lot from them. For us in the 21st century, a trip to Texas might entail a long or short airplane trip (depending on where you live) or possible a slightly uncomfortable car ride. For the characters in A Desperate Journey, a trip to Texas is a dangerous journey full of feral Native Americans and hunger. I'm delighted that Ms. Parmley didn't sugar coat the trip, making it unrealistic. She showed us how the trip might have gone if the characters were real people and for that I'm impressed.

Sally's determination fuels mine. Sure, I'm not itching to snatch my kid away from an abusive hubbie, but I do have people and things that are troublesome (we all do, don't we?). The way she never gives up, helps me to be courageous just like her! Characters that we hero-worship help us (or just me. Either way, it helps) to be strong in real life situations. For example, I have a bunch of medical problems that usually go on all at the same time. I read Sally's determination and strength and want to be just like her.

This book really engages a reader's emotions. I can't even count how many times I teared, laughed, and became rapt with excitement. When a book captures emotion to that length, you KNOW it is a great book, destined (hopefully) for best-sellerdom.

I really liked this book! You know my opinion now, check it out yourself, then tell me how you like it!


Historical fiction lovers would enjoy this thrilling adventure! Anyone that is a fan of justice would enjoy delving into this read.


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