Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Measure of Katie Calloway...a review

Her heart seeks sanctuary in the deep woods. But will trouble find her even here?

The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway's Georgia home, conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a north woods lumber camp. The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he's hired has the grit to survive the never-ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter. Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love.

With grace and skill, Serena Miller brings to life a bygone era. From the ethereal, snowy forest and the rowdy shanty boys to the warm cookstove and mouth-watering apple pie, every detail is perfectly rendered, transporting you to a time of danger and romance.

In my early scrapbooking days, I created a page in honor of my dad, and had it titled "The Measure of Love." Or something like that. I think. I know I at least used the word MEASURE in it. The "measure" of my dad's love is so much, and that was what I would hope to portray in creating that memory. To invoke feelings of so much love- compassion, grace, integrity- with the word "measure." As I noticed this book being up for review, the title then, of course, struck me. It's unique for a book cover, and with the knowledge of how I had used this little phrase, I was curious to see what Katie Calloway was all about.

She was running away, to escape great harm, with her young brother, and found herself amidst a whole new way of life. A tough life, one that she'd have to suffer even more but through the midst of it all, gain love and freedom for herself and her brother.

The characters were colorful, twists aplenty, scenery truly exceptional. I loved the story from front to back. Serena Miller's words just FLOWED from one to another, and created a wonderful treat. This is a book I will re-read for sure.

This review is of my own words, and I was not required to write a positive review. Thank you to Revell for the complimentary review copy!

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