by Lisa J. Flickinger
Published by Forget Me Not Romances
Publication Date September 14, 2017
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Western, Historical Fiction
Setting: The West Reconstruction Era – US – 1865 – 1877
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adult
Missouri Mules are the best there is and Alda had grown to love the creatures as she worked side by side with her pa on their farm along the banks of the Missouri River. Her pa would be hopping mad when he realized his wife and daughter had colluded behind his back to sell a pack string. It didn’t matter that they were trying to save the farm.
Alda had struck out on her own to drive the team over fifteen hundred miles. By day three, her lead mule Bessie had refused to take one more step. It was a good thing the handsome cowboy Cord had stopped by to lend a hand or Alda might still be sitting in the dust.
Now the man needed to move on so she could continue her journey. Judging by the spark in Cord’s eye … it just might take some convincing.
I would like to thank Lisa J. Flickinger for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Fool’s Notion is the first book by Lisa Flickinger that I have read. It is the tale of several journeys. The physical one from Missouri to California, leading a string of mules, the romantic one, as Alda and Cord get to know one another and rescue each other from a number of perils along the way, and a spiritual one for both, as Alda revisits her reasons for rejecting God and for Cord as he learns to forgive.
The imagery in the story transported me to the places that Alda traveled. The description of the lightening storm was fantastic!
There was a great mix of action, imagery and romance. The characters were well developed and the story moved along well.
There were a couple of the events that didn’t quite make sense to me – I really didn’t get Walker’s motivation – I do understand the jealousy aspect, just not the extremes he would go to. Added to that the hints that revenge would be taken for his final act in the story and then nothing happened. I was expecting more. I also felt that the shootout scene (I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil the story for you) seemed to be lacking in detail (not gore!! but what was happening. I was left feeling like too many things were left to my imagination.) There were also a few things that were introduced at the end that seemed like there was more to the story that should have been explained.
Overall, the story was well told and I am grateful to the author for giving me this chance to read it.