Bergren, Lisa. Breathe. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2009.

brethDominic and Moira St. Clair must accompany their sister, Odessa, to Colorado Springs in hopes of finding a cure for the consumption ailing her. While in the care of the sanitarium, Odessa witnesses a murder of a new acquaintance, patient and friend, Sam O’ Toole. Left with a poem containing clues to Sam’s silver mine, Odessa meets his captivating and appealing neighbor Bryce McAllan. Amid Odessa’s fight to breathe again, Moira and Dominic (Nic) encounter their own struggles in a newly established town.

“Breathe” captured my interest from the first chapter. With many characters involved in the story, each must endure a challenge which will keep the pages turning. Written from captivating points of view, even with a bit of a mystery intertwined, each chapter blends into the next, hardly allowing the reader a place to pause. Set in the late 1800s, this book will enlighten as well as entertain.
Thrilled that this is the first book in a trilogy, I look forward to continuing to read one of my favorite new authors, Lisa Bergren.

RATING: 4.5 (out of 5) pennies


The Chance

Kingsbury, Karen. The Chance. New York: Howard Books, 2013.

chanceEllie and Nolan, childhood friends about to be separated by Ellie’s move to San Diego, plan a reunion to occur in eleven years. Ellie and Nolan bury a tackle box with letters revealing their unspoken feelings; due to unexpected circumstances, the friends remain separated for the full eleven years. The novel progresses to answering the question of if the planned reunion will occur.

“The Chance” proves to be a stereotypical Karen Kingsbury novel. Kingsbury’s work in “The Chance” is reminiscent of the Bailey Flanigan Series; while the storyline is different, the outcome is predictable. “The Chance” provides readers with an unrealistic series of events and a few too many coincidental happenings. To Kingsbury’s credit, the novel holds readers’ attention. However, due to characters lacking complexity and dimension, the reader is left desiring a more relatable novel.

MY RATING: 2.5 (out of 5) pennies