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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Review - Snakes and Jails and Puppy Dog Tails

Title: Snakes and Jails and Puppy Dog Tails

Author: Mallary Mitchell

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

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Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed by: Mickey

Spinster Arabella Trask loves only one man, but he betrayed her. Levi Wallace left her for another and married the woman who carried his child. Now a widower, Levi is injured and desperately needs Arabella's help. Can she risk her heart again?

As he lays dying from a snake bite... Levi's one regret is losing Bella. He never had the chance to tell her the child wasn't his. He married to save his brother's sorry hide and give the child a name. He longs to have Bella in his life again--will it take divine intervention to get her back?

Good Westerns are pretty rare as writers seem to concentrate on other genres, so it is refreshing to find one as well-written as Snakes and Jails and Puppy Dog Tails by Mallary Mitchell. I mistakenly thought this book would be a “quick” read based on the number of pages, but was quickly disabused of that idea once I began reading the actual novella.

The characters are complex, well-developed, and very likable which one finds crucial to any story. There is something so sweet and charming about a book that can make you smile, laugh and almost cry within so few pages. Ms. Mitchell is talented as evidenced by her ability to describe such imaginative scenes that transport her readers into her settings and emotions effortlessly. I loved the beginning, middle and the ending of this tale, it all flowed together so seamlessly. If you are looking for a great time, this is the book to read.

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