Friday, August 3, 2012

First Chapter Review: Liberty Belle by Patricia PacJac Carroll

It's been so long since I did one of these, I almost forgot the format. Life has been crazy since we've returned from vacation. It will probably stay that way for a few more weeks until the girls return to school.

BLURB: Set in 1859 Denver, Liberty Belle is a story of finding freedom and forgiveness. A jilted bride, a wayward sheriff, a small boy, outlaws, and a gallows provide plenty of action, romance, and hope.

Liberty Longstreet was left at the altar, but that wasn’t the worst of her day. She awakens to the fact that she needs to declare independence from her controlling mother. Wanting her freedom and to find a man of her choosing, Libby leaves home for faraway Denver. She just doesn't count on being robbed, falling for a wayward sheriff, or being accused of murder. Sheriff Wade Calder throws down his badge in a quest for revenge. Instead, he takes responsibility for his enemy’s young son. Wanting only to be free, Wade runs into Libby, and she wins what is left of his heart. Unfortunately, he has nothing to offer her until he picks up his badge. His honor is restored, but it may cost Libby her life. Together they learn the cost of freedom and the wealth of forgiveness.

COVER:  Beautiful. The female lead on the front, the male lead turned away from her and riding off, it speaks to the conflict of the story.The mountains behind make you think of Denver.

FIRST CHAPTER:  Liberty Auraria Longstreet is getting ready in the church dressing room. Soon she will marry Thomas Garvey. Not that she wants to, but her mother's dying wish is that the girl marry well. When Thomas doesn't show, chaos erupts. As Liberty is leaving the church, a handsome lawman comes to her aid. He quickly disappears, but not before Liberty sees him toss his badge on the ground. She's not sure how her mother is going to take the news of her being left at the altar, but her thoughts are suddenly filled with images of the angry lawman whose badge she picked up.

KEEP READING:  Yes. I can't say I was blown away by the opening chapter, but there is enough conflict and mystery to make me continue. Carroll has created a sympathetic and confused main character in the beginning. Liberty doesn't want to marry a man she doesn't love, but her mother is dying and she wants her mother to be happy. Then she gets stood up by the guy she didn't want to marry in the first place. The day is not lost, however, because she meets this gorgeous lawman.

The author has set up this story well. While its sparse on setting details, I like that the conflict took center stage. This looks like it will be a fun read.

This book is currently FREE for Kindle!

  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982067348
  • Publisher: PacJac Publishing; 1 edition (May 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086WMFES
  • SRP: $14.95

  • I downloaded a free copy of this book to my Kindle. I received no monetary compensation for this First Chapter Review.

    1 comment:

    Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

    Thanks Cheryl,
    Hope you enjoy the rest of the story.
    : )