Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Stephen Bly's Wish I'd Known You Tears Ago ~ Reviewed

Wish I’d Known You Tears Ago
By Stephen Bly
Published by Broadman and Holman
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7166-1

In this closing book of the Horse Dreams trilogy, restless Indiana schoolteacher Develyn Worrell has finally found her groove. Ready to savor summer’s end in a cozy Wyoming town from her childhood, she exhales for a time of peace and contentment. Then a sudden series of random troublesome events resets the pace.

Such chaos would be overwhelming to Devy, except for the steady friendship of Cooper Tallon. He may lack the charm and flash of other cowboys, but always seems to have just what her heart needs. And with her trust in the Lord still growing, she’s actually looking forward to whatever happens next.

Stephen Bly is author of a hundred books, mainly westerns, historical and contemporary, written from a Christian worldview. He writes with the philosophy, “Make the reader laugh and make them cry, and if the plot drags, shoot someone.”

He achieved his goal with me, though more on the side of laughter than tears. Time and again I laughed out loud, usually at some cowboy’s witticism. This book is very relational. It has mother/daughter issues, wonderful friendships and romance. Add in a bit of mystery, some personal struggles, cute western guys, and an ornery burro, and you’ve got one fun read.

I would recommend starting this series at the beginning with book one, Memories of a Dirt Road. Although I read and enjoyed Wish I’d Known You Tears Ago, without first reading its predecessors, I was confused about some of the story lines and how the characters connected.

Learn more about Stephen Bly and his books at http://www.blybooks.com/
Reviewed by: Janet Rubinhttp://janetswritingplanet.blogspot.com/

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