Review: Only When the Loon Sings by Beverly Wells

Only When the Loon Sings by Beverly Wells
Release Date: January 27, 2012
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Pages: 342
Source: ebook provided by the publisher

Searching for true happiness, as well as escape from a controlling family, Morgan Prescott answers a Brides Wanted ad and leaves New York City’s high society life for the wilds of Washington Territory. Her spirit and intelligence carry her through the shocks that await her–streets of ankle-deep mud, life in a one-room cabin, the hazards of cooking–but they are no help when she loses her heart to the one man she can’t have.

Private investigator Luke Kincaid, a major stockholder in the Union Pacific Railroad, goes undercover as a logging camp foreman to apprehend the railroad’s saboteurs. All he needs is a mock wife to strengthen his act, but once he agrees to Morgan filling the role, he finds himself longing for much more–a love he’s forbidden to accept or give.


Review: Only When the Loon Sings had potential to be a reasonably enjoyable historical romance, however it didn’t come close to realizing this potential.

The plot of Only When the Loon Sings was rather original, in that the obstacle that blocks the two main characters from having a relationship is the fact that Lucas is already engaged. This obstacle seems especially insurmountable since Lucy, Lucas’s fiancée, is actually an extremely nice character who suffers from ALS. However, the major problem with this plot is its execution; it takes a very fine balancing act of just enough chemistry between the main characters for the novel to be constituted a romance and not so much that it feels like Lucy is being betrayed on her death bed and unfortunately Only When the Loon Sings doesn’t completely master this balance.

The main characters’ romance seemed rather weak and fake most of the time, this was probably caused by the fact that for most the novel it didn’t develop past each of them silently admitting their attraction to the other.

The main characters, while reasonably realistic, weren’t particularly interesting or intriguing. There were a few secondary characters that were at times more likable and interesting than the main two characters, such as Lucy and a few other members of the town.

Only When the Loon Sings is an alright historical romance and some fans of historical romances will doubtlessly enjoy it, however it doesn’t manage to live up to it’s potential and as a result it isn’t a particularly addictive read.


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