Monday, October 15, 2012

# American Tapestries # book review

Book Review: American Tapestries

When pampered Jacqueline Abington secretly elopes with the family gardener, she asks another woman to take her place on the much anticipated maiden voyage of the Titanic. Tessa Bowen hails from a poor corner of London but has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime—a ticket to sail to America aboard a famed vessel. But there’s a catch: she must assume Jacqueline’s identity. For the first time in her life, Tessa stays in luxurious quarters, dresses in elegant gowns, and dines with prestigious people. Then a wealthy American man takes an interest in her, and Tessa struggles to keep up the ruse as she begins falling for him. When tragedy strikes, the game is up, and two women’s lives are forever changed.

When picking up a book that you know is about the Titanic, if you're like me, you cringe just a little inside. After all, you know how it's going to end, right? Well, not in this case. While a good portion of the book takes place on board, the true story isn't the ship but the individual lives and how they weave together to tell a beautiful story. The characters were all very easy to relate to and you found yourself hoping and praying that everything would work out for them. I won't give away what happens but if you're looking for something to read that isn't all about explosions or fantasy, pick up this book for a quiet evenings reading. Now, if I only had a fireside to go with it...


A young woman traveling the Oregon Trail in 1842 must rely on a stranger to bring her to safety. But whom can she trust with her heart?

For two thousand miles along the trail to Oregon Country, Samantha Waldron and her family must overcome tremendous challenges to reach the Willamette Valley before winter. Together they weather autumn storms, hunger and thirst, and the dangers of a wild and unfamiliar country. But when their canoe capsizes on the Columbia River, they must rely on handsome British exporter Alexander Clarke to rescue them from the icy water.

Alex escorts Samantha and her young brother, Micah, to Fort Vancouver. There Samantha is overwhelmed with men vying for her affections, but the only one who intrigues her-Alex-is the one she cannot have. When his betrothed arrives unexpectedly from England to escort him home, Samantha becomes determined to create a home for herself and Micah in the fertile valley far away from the fort. But how will an unmarried woman support herself and her brother in the wilderness alone?

Then Micah disappears into the wilderness one rainy night, and Samantha must rely on the man she loves-the man she’s trying desperately to forget-to rescue her brother before it’s too late.

This is another one for the history buffs and romance lovers among us. Actually, this is one of those books that fits into so many categories. It's a Western, it's a Historical Romance...heck, it's just a good read. Unlike a lot of romances where the hero and heroine of the story are butting up against each other constantly, these two don't come together until closer to the end. It seemed to work for them and speaking of working, can you imagine months living on a trail like that? Heck, I don't know what to do with my dryer not working!


Why two reviews in one post? Both of these fantastic books are part of the American Tapestry series and as such, they're being shown to the world together. Consider it a bonus on this dreary Monday to have two more books in your to be read pile. However, if you want to go one step further, be sure to check out Where the Trail Ends and Queen of the Waves over on their blog tour homes.

If that's not enough, how about a giveaway? Yep, this fantastic series has an even more fantastic Twitter party and giveaway going on..make sure you enter today!

I'm off to do more reading! Happy entering!

I received a copy of both of these books for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are 100% mine.
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