Quinn by Shanna Hatfield – Review

Posted May 12, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Quinn
by Shanna Hatfield


Series: Pendleton Petticoats #9
Publication Date April 19, 2018
Quinn by Shanna Hatfield – Review Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s
Written for: Adults
Pages: 453

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Synopsis:

She’s waging a war for women’s rights He’s fighting a battle to win her heart. . .
There’s nothing typical about Quinn Fairfield. The outspoken suffragette spends her days writing sensational headlines as a newspaper reporter and indulging her natural curiosity. She’s much more likely to be found riding a bicycle around town than learning the social graces at which her sister, Caitlyn, excels. When Caitlyn announces her plans to wed a man Quinn doesn't trust, she sets out to find a reason to break up the happy couple. In the process, she finds herself falling for an intriguing, kind-hearted man.

After spending several years in Portland at college, Walker Williams returns to Pendleton, eager to make his mark on the world. He’s determined to become a legendary architect despite the challenges that arise from his upbringing on the nearby Umatilla Reservation. When a feisty red-headed newspaper reporter catches his eye and captures his heart, Walker fights his growing feelings for her. He’ll do anything to shelter Quinn from the prejudices aimed at him and his heritage.

Can the two of them overcome their fears, set aside the burdens of the past, and surrender to the sweet romance blossoming between them?

Filled with laughter, adventure, and historical tidbits from 1912, Quinn is a sweet historical romance brimming with hope and love.

I would like to thank Shanna Hatfield for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.


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Please forgive me for gushing.

Reading Quinn transported me to 1912. I loved the natural way Shanna Hatfield incorporated newspaper articles from that year as part of the story of the feisty newspaper reporter. Apparently, the sinking of the Titanic headlined in the newspapers for weeks after it occurred. I learned so much more about surrounding events, including the initial, erroneous articles that came out.

Also quite fascinating were the details surrounding the Suffragette movement. Though I have seen movies and read books that take place at that time, I had no idea the type of things that went into the efforts. While I knew there was opposition, that really came to life here with details previously unknown to me. The biggest impact of the story in this regard was that I had never before really cared that much. Movies such as The Great Race had, frankly, left me with a bitter attitude towards the women involved, as they seemed obnoxious and unreasonable. I now have a much greater appreciation for the motivations they had and have seen the women in a different light.

There were so many little details that added to the sense of place that I couldn’t even begin to mention them all (nor would I!) Suffice it to say, they were added in a subtle way and in just the right places to be just right. The terminology used was also period appropriate. No modern-day anachronisms jarred me from the turn-of-the-century.

It struck me how amazing it would have been to see the circus for the first time, or a leopard. Having grown up watching old movies and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, I can’t remember the first time I saw these things – they were always just a natural part of my life. So experiencing Walker’s first encounters with these things had me almost regretful that I have become somewhat inoculated to the wonder of them.

This is my very favorite of the Pendleton Petticoats series and may be my favorite of this author’s books as well.

At that moment he smiled at her with a spark of amusement and interest flickering in his eyes, she could practically feel the wildness of his spirit surrounding her as Walker took a step closer. She inhaled his masculine, entrancing scent as he moved another step nearer.

Merciful heavens! He smelled as divinely wonderful as he looked. Her senses dove into a whirl of unexpected exhilaration when he offered her a slightly crooked grin.

“If your feet have recovered from Mr. Silvers’ abuse, would you do the the honor of this dance, Miss Fairfield?” Walker held out a hand toward her.

Quinn stared at his long, tanned fingers then slowly raised her gaze to his face. It was on the tip of her tongue to tell him she had no interest in dancing with him or anyone else. Nevertheless, when she spoke, the words came as a shock to her ears. “I’d love to dance with you, Mr. Williams. Thank you.”

She placed her hand on his, unprepared for her reaction to his touch. Tingles trickled from her fingers all the way to her toes as he politely tipped his head to her and led her out to the dance floor.

Walker was as light on his feet and Mr. Silvers had been heavy on hers as he guided her through the steps of a waltz.

About Shanna Hatfield

Shanna Hatfield

From the author:

Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen one story at a time. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and hopelessly romantic moments with unforgettable characters.

When this farm girl isn’t writing or indulging in rich, decadent chocolate, Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna loves to hear from readers.

My Notes: I have read around 30 of Shanna’s books, so that should give you a pretty good idea what I think of her writing. The average rating is 4.5 stars. My favorites have been the stand-alone books she writes, but they are all enjoyable and worth taking the time to read.

Series-es written by Shanna

HISTORICAL

Pendleton Petticoats – Brave, strong women forge their own paths and fall in love with determined heroes in this series set in the Wild West town of Pendleton, Oregon.

Baker City Brides – Sassy women tangle with headstrong men in the historic town of Baker City, Oregon, known as the Denver of the Blue Mountains during its days of gold in the 1890s.

Hardman Holidays – A blend of Victorian splendor and Old West rugged charm, this heartwarming series takes readers on lovely holiday adventures in the once thriving town of Hardman, Oregon.

Hearts of the War – The poignant romances in this series remind readers of the struggles Americans faced during World War II while highlighting the triumphs found in hope, joy, and love.

CONTEMPORARY

Rodeo Romance – Laced with humor and rural life, in this series hunky rodeo cowboys tangle with feisty women who can’t help but love them.

Grass Valley Cowboys – Meet the Thompson family of the Triple T Ranch in Grass Valley, Oregon. Three handsome brothers, their rowdy friends, and the women who fall for them are at the heart of this sweet contemporary western romance series.

Women of Tenacity – Tenacious, spunky women give the wild, rugged men who love them a run for their money in this contemporary western romance series.

Silverton Sweethearts – Sweet love combines with romantic comedy in this fun contemporary series set near Portland, Oregon.

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2 responses to “Quinn by Shanna Hatfield – Review

  1. Oh, my gracious! Thank you for such a lovely, awesome review! I’m beyond thrilled with how much you enjoyed not just the story and characters, but also the setting. Many, many thanks! <3

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