Monday, May 17, 2010

DiAnn Mills's A Woman Called Sage ~ Reviewed

A Woman Called Sage: A Novel (Paperback)
DiAnn Mills
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Zondervan; Original edition (April 13, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310293294

Book Description:

Sage Morrow has everything---an adoring husband and a baby on the way---until five ruthless gunmen change her life forever. Now accompanied only by her magnificent hawk, she's a Colorado bounty hunter bent on retribution! But the stakes are raised when two young boys are kidnapped. Will the hunter become the hunted?


DiAnn Mills' contemporary suspense novels have been favourites of mine for sometime. I wondered whether I would feel the same draw to an historical story, even though it was written by DiAnn. I should have know she could pull it off!

While it is DiAnn's blend of suspense and romance that usually draw me in to her stories, it was her unique character Sage Morrow that made the story for me. Trauma and tragedy have created in Sage a ferociously independent woman bent on revenge for her husband's slaying. DiAnn's trademark suspense is present along with a forbidden attraction that the upright Marshall Parker Timmons feels for Sage, her heritage and occupation destined to ensure political suicide for his future plans. A Woman Called Sage is a satisfying and enjoyable read.

Reviewed by: Rel Mollet

Bonus Review:

Sage is an inspiring Native American woman in the old west. Her strength and determination won my admiration. The numerous obstacles to her goals include prejudice (from other people), emotional barriers, spiritual hardness-of-heart, multiple gunshot wounds and ignorance of what happened in the past that set murderers against her.

Sage turns her back on God and sets out to bring outlaws to justice herself, as a bounty hunter. When she finally finds her husband’s killer’s, she’s forced to work with a US marshal.

Marshal Parker Timmons is a strong character as well. He’s a man of strength and integrity. He has faced his own set of difficult circumstances including a brother and a couple of friends who were murdered. He demonstrates his character under adversity.

Mills writes a captivating story, which I could imagine watching on TV as an old Western. I enjoyed the tight spots the got in to—some dangerous—as well as the interaction between the two. I’m a fan of Native American culture so that aspect of the story intrigued me as well.

A Woman Called Sage has an interesting plot and Mills keeps it clear for the reader. Her description is good and not overdone. Her characters are well-defined and grow as they journey toward their goals. A Woman Called Sage is not deeply life-changing, but it is a good romance novel with interesting aspects to the story, which are uncharacteristic of simple romance novels.

*I received a copy of A Woman Called Sage for the purpose of review.

Reviewed by: Terri Thompson

Bonus Review:

Sage is a woman who is half white and half Native American. Her husband, an undercover Marshall, gets killed by outlaws, so she becomes a bounty hunter to try to find the men that murdered him. In the mean time, she meets another Marshall, named Parker Timmons, who lost a brother to these same outlaws. Together, they join forces to seek justice.

I really enjoyed this book. Sage was a very strong woman, and though her faith faltered when her husband was murdered, she comes out stronger in the end. I also enjoyed seeing how she was able to take care of herself and live off the land, based on what she learned from her Ute relatives. She also had wild animals as pets, which I thought was interesting – a hawk and a wolf.

If you love adventure books with a Christian theme, you will love this book.

Reviewed by: Laura Porter

1 comment:

rbooth43 said...

I love reading about independent women,as I am one.A woman Called Sage sounds like a great read.