Review of Crossing the Wide Forever By Missouri Vaun

Crossing the Wide Forever

Most people know I love a good historical fiction novel especially set in the developing American frontier. So, when I saw that Crossing the Wide Forever by Missouri Vaun on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it. I was not disappointed.

 

Here is a short blurb about the book:

Cody Walsh leaves Arkansas for California. Lured by stories of opportunity, even for women, Cody disguises herself as a man and prepares for the arduous journey west. 

Lillie Ellis leaves New York to accept a post as a schoolteacher on the frontier near a small homestead she just inherited from her uncle. Lillie’s ultimate desire is to become a painter, and she hopes the Kansas frontier will offer her the freedom to follow that dream. In the nineteenth-century, a young woman has few options in the East that don’t revolve around marriage and motherhood. Lillie is interested in neither.

Cody rescues Lillie after a chance encounter in Independence, Missouri. Their destinies and desires become entwined as they face the perils of the untamed West. Despite their differences, they discover that love’s uncharted frontier is not for the weak in spirit or the faint of heart.

 

I really enjoyed this book. I liked how it was from the point of view of both Cody and Lillie. When they had conflicts, you could understand them from both of their points of view which made the characters very relatable. I also thought their romance was sweet. It seemed to develop naturally and not be forced like in a lot of lesbian fiction. The story also kept me on the edge of my seat. The ending was amazing one of the best ending I have ever read. I also appreciated that Cody was portrayed as butch. The only problem I had with the story was sometimes phrases were used that took me out of the period setting. But that was only in the first portion of the book.

 

If you like historical romance novels I would highly recommend this book. Also, if you like strong butch women this is a great book for you.

You can purchase a copy of Crossing The Wide Forever by clicking here.

 

 

A big thanks to Bold Strokes Books and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review Crossing the Wide Forever.

 

 

 

Review of Bittersweet by Nevada Barr

I really enjoy historical fiction so when I saw Bittersweet by Nevada Barr on my recommended kindle books I decided to take a chance on it. I mean what could be better than lesbian romance and historical fiction.

 

Here is the Goodreads blurb if you are interested:

In her very first novel, award-winning author Nevada Barr reveals another side to her remarkable storytelling prowess with this heart-wrenching yet tender tale of two women whose boundless devotion to each other is continually challenged in nineteenth century America.

 

I was not disappointed by Nevada Barr first novel even though it was not what I originally thought that it would be. I was expecting more of a classic romance novel with couple scenes of lesbian smexy time set in the old west. You will get no smexy time from Bittersweet. The novel focuses on the lives of Imogene, a spinster teacher, and Sarah, her young student, and their struggles to build their lives together in the old west.

 

I thought the characters were very relatable and their story was engaging. You couldn’t help but feel for Imogene and Sarah. Every time it seemed that their life was finally going well you could expect something to happen that would ruin the little life that they were able to build for themselves. The book is very emotional. I might have shed a tear or two towards the end.

 

I thought the book would have been better if it made it clear earlier on how Sarah truly felt about Imogene. It was confusing trying to guess if she saw her as more of a friend or a lover. It also has some very graphic rape scenes that are not suitable for every reader.

 

This touching historical novel is now one of my new favorites. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone that likes historical fiction. But if you are looking for a traditional romance novel this might not be the novel for you.