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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fallen Snow Angel by Cia Leah

Fallen Snow Angel by Cia Leah
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length Short (49 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Lavender

Rayne Jordan isn't a happy woman. She takes a leave of absence from her job and rents a secluded cabin to recoup from her parents' deaths six months before. She has no family left, hates her life and her job. She doesn't want to even think about Christmas and spending it alone.

While out walking in the snow, she decides to make a snow angel. It was always a favorite thing she enjoyed, but when she rolls over in the snow and starts to make the snow angel, she hears a cracking sound and realizes she is on thin ice instead of solid ground. The freezing water tugs at her and she feels herself slipping further into the freezing water.

Rayne awakens to find herself safe and sound in bed with a handsome cowboy watching over her, attending to her every need. The only thing is, she isn't in the year 2009 anymore, but 1884.

Fallen Snow Angel by Cia Leah, is a nice, pleasant short story. It covers two of my personal favorite genres: time travel and historical Western romance.

Rayne Jordan is a likeable, modern-day woman, who is beautiful with her long, silver hair. She's devastated 0ver the recent loss of her parents in a plane crash, so tries to get away from it all.

When she has an accident and falls through some ice, she finds herself pulled out by the handsome cowboy, Blade Landon. Ill from her mishap, she’s grateful when he takes her home to let her recover. From there, a whirlwind romance happens in the sense of developing quickly, but not in a passionate way.

Blade turned out to be a caring, gentle person, easy to like, a good hero. It’s easy to see how Rayne could fall for him. I thought their first kiss was quite sweet.

This story had good visual and historical details, little things to bring us into the late nineteenth century. I liked the setting and could imagine being there. Some of the writing was distant though, and telling, incorporating such words as "heard" and "felt" which pull us out of a deep rapport with the character. Along with point of view switches, or "head-hopping", there were times I was yanked out of the story.

Overall, I liked this story. I didn’t rate it higher because there wasn’t much tension or conflict, nothing coming between the hero and heroine. He helped her recover, and they fell for each other with no real obstacles to overcome, no character growth or fear that they might not end up together. They get engaged at the end, and I was glad to see that. While perhaps not a gripping tale, it’s still a nice, sweet read. I’d recommend it if you’re in the mood for a gentle story with a Western setting. The author is especially good at creating that atmosphere.