Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was one of my first Colleen Coble books, and I chose it because I needed something more chill than the last book I read. And, in a way, it was more relaxing. Somewhat.
I’m a big fan of westerns, and there were elements of this book I enjoyed because of that. There was the expected cattle drive, branding, and horses; as well as more unpleasant stuff, like wild animal encounters and even a snakebite. However, there wasn’t really the other part of 99% of westerns – the clear-cut villain who’s out to get the main characters. Now that I think about it, this book felt so rambling because the villain was too scattered. Because of this, there was no real climax, at least how I think westerns should have climaxes. You know, the part where the good guy has a showdown with the badguy, usually with gunfights and chasing among big boulders. The plot just felt like a lot of scrambled bad events that got resolved too quickly and didn’t really connect. More of just day-to-day bad occurrences instead of a cohesive plotline. The whole plot with the coins and everything just fell flat, and the way everything wrapped up was dismal and way too quick.
Lucy and Nate were ok characters, but they felt like … characters, not real people. I just never connected very well to them, especially to Nate. Also, their romance situation was weird. Like, can we please stop having these books where a huge part of the plot is the characters trying to decide if they’re married in a physical sense or not? Like, please. I don’t want to read about it. Thankfully, Coble didn’t allow it to become inappropriate at all; it was just a little irritating to have to read when every other book seems like a marriage of convenience. (But that’s also my fault for not really reading the summary thoroughly…) The moral wasn’t super strong, but there was definitely an emphasis on trusting the Lord and not trying to control things.
Overall, this was an ok, quick read. I don’t know if I’ll be reading the next in the series, but if you’re looking for an average Western, this one’s for you.