Well, I’m back from my self-imposed break that really shouldn’t have been so long. I mean, it’s been at least two months since you’ve heard from me last and I am sorry about that. I did enjoy not being under the restriction of posting a review after reading my books but it’s time to get back to it!
My first book of the new year is The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo. The setting took place in Texas and around the time of the Battle of the Alamo. The main characters are Ellis, a descendant of Maribel who is the main character in a previous Bride sequel book and Clay. Ellis and her family moved from New Orleans to Texas for the promise of adventure. Her father and brother love the land so much that they volunteer to fight in the Texas Revolution. Clay is supposedly working for President Jackson at the time and was responsible for carrying out special missions to help the Texans win. This is very unclear to Ellis at first as she has him tied up while in her care after suffering from gunshots. Honestly, even knowing the backstory of Clay’s character, his motives were unclear to me also. He was supposed to have meetings with important people involved in the war and was supposed to be closely acquainted to President Jackson. He didn’t seem to play an important part in the war though and never appeared to successfully complete any of his missions including a personal goal to find the family treasure that was very valuable according to his late grandfather.
Their romance was the only aspect of the book that seemed to be fully completed. And as with the other books in the sequel their love didn’t seem based on anything real and long lasting. Clay claimed to be in love with the high-spirited Ellis who only seemed that way when others described her as so or when she argued about her own personality traits and decisions.
One part of the book that the characters share is the calming effects of memorizing Psalm 91. One verse says, “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust”, which I thought was a great point of the author to make. God is our connection and he is the most important part of our relationships.
I enjoyed reading the book because I always learn something when there is history involved. Some parts of the book were quite realistic and still involved adventures that kept me interested as a reader. Unfortunately, a majority of the events seemed very watered down. I rate the book a 3 out of 5.