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Monday, August 24, 2009

Sacrifice of the Sage Hen by Susie Schade-Brewer

Sacrifice of the Sage Hen by Susie Schade-Brewer
Publisher: Swimming Kangaroo Books
Genre: Historical, Inspirational
Length: Full (234 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Queen Anne’s Lace

He's trying to escape his past. She's trying to escape her present.

Charlie feels life is going on without her. She's trapped in a loveless marriage, stuck on the plains, away from the mountains she loves, and now her father and her best friend are joining a wagon train to go west, leaving her behind with her husband. Already chafing at the expectations he places on her to act like a proper lady, Charlie longs to break away and fly to freedom.

Dirks Braelon is on the run from his life as a hired gun in Texas. He's ready to hang up his holster, stop killing for a living and try to find some peace for his soul. He may be ready to leave his old life behind, but the people he knew then may not let him.

To find happiness, Charlie and Dirks have to reach back into a story from Charlie's father and find out the true Sacrifice of the Sage Hen.
Charlotte Mary West, Charlie, has always craved adventure and after an unfortunate turn of events, the opportunity presents itself for her and her adopted child to travel West with the wagon trains going to Oregon and California territory. But the journey there will be far more difficult than Charlie could have ever imagined, as well as dangerous to her heart in the form of Dirks Braelen who has a few secrets of his own.

Sacrifice of the Sage Hen weaves an exciting tale filled with tragedy and triumph. The story is rich with characters and lush scenery of the Old West. The whole idea behind the story is intriguing, well-researched and presented.

Ms. Schade-Brewer is a talented storyteller with a great gift for developing believable and endearing characters. The action did drag a little in some areas but overall a well-told and written story.