Review: Callie’s Honor by Kathleen Lawless

Callie’s Honor by Kathleen Lawless
Release Date: August 8, 2011
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Page Count: 310
Source: ebook provided by the publisher

After her husband’s unmourned death, Callie Lambert looks forward to peaceful years on her Oregon ranch, doing things her way. Yet all too soon a handsome stranger shows up, a man who chips away at her façade without even trying and turns her dreams of solitude upside down. Rafe Millar seeks only revenge for his brother’s murder, and then he will move on. Settling down is not for him, not anymore. But something in Callie’s defiant green eyes and proud spirit makes him care more than he wants to—until he discovers the murdering scoundrel is not only Callie’s neighbor but a rival for her hand in marriage.

Review: Callie’s Honor is a wonderful historical novel; the mixture of intrigue, adventure and romance makes it stay in readers’ minds long after the last page is turned.

The plot was highly entertaining; there were a few very nice additions and changes to the rather common format of Western historical romance novels, which made the novel feel very fresh despite the popularity of the genre. Though, despite this many of the ‘twists and turns’ in the plotline were actually quite predictable; it would have been even more enjoyable if some events hadn’t been hinted at quite as much as they were, since because of that it made it impossible for readers to be surprised when the truth of events were revealed.

The main characters were both written very realistically, with flaws and weaknesses, which made them both very interesting and likable. However, with the exception of some rather unsavoury characters, there weren’t many secondary characters with proper roles in the novel, which was a shame since the inclusion of a few more important secondary characters could have helped with the issue of the predictability of the plot.

The two main character’s relationship was very nicely written; it was good that it strengthen over time and didn’t progress too fast. This was true to the characters since it would have been unrealistic if they rushed into a relationship too quickly because of each of theirs’ pasts.

Despite these few minor flaws in the novel, Callie’s Honor was an excellent historical romance and highly enjoyable to read.

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