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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Miner in Petticoats by Paty Jager

Miner in Petticoats by Paty Jager
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Western/historical
Length: Full (334 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Zinnia

Shouldering the burdens of his family and the mining community, Ethan Halsey devotes himself to providing for the growing families of his brothers.

However, Aileen Miller, a widow, also looking out for her family’s interests, refuses to part with the land he needs. As they battle—one to push his dream to reality and the other to prove no man will hurt her again—their lives become enmeshed and their hearts collide.

Author Paty Jager has faithfully reproduced the setting and attitudes that permeated this period of western expansion. The main character, Aileen Miller, is both strong and intelligent. She is a no-nonsense woman who refuses to be taken advantage of, so when Ethan Halsey approaches her to buy part of her land, she balks, refusing until he gives her a deal that she can’t refuse. A widowed mother of two, Aileen Miller is wary of males in general and Ethan Halsey in particular in this historical romance

Ms. Jager pens a tender love story that is quite nice as it develops between Aileen and Ethan. Unfortunately she also introduces several very cartoonish villains and a final act of violence at the end that simply overwhelmed the many fine elements in the story.

Miner in Petticoats is a good, and for the most part enjoyable, read. The historical content was interesting and the love story quite satisfying. On occasion the pacing of the book faltered inviting me to skip scenes, but each time it was able to regain the needed momentum and pull me back. Although I enjoyed it for an afternoon, it won’t go on my keeper shelf.