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Review by Jessica Samuelsen -- For the Love of Suzanne

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Review by Jessica Samuelsen -- For the Love of Suzanne

Post Number:#1 by Jessica Samuelsen
» 20 Mar 2017, 23:17

[Following is a volunteer review of "For the Love of Suzanne" by Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill.]

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3 out of 4 stars
Review by Jessica Samuelsen
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Suzanne finds out that she is pregnant. Her husband is not happy about this and hits her once again. Suzanne has had enough of the abuse and asks him to leave. The next day he is killed in a work accident. After awhile Suzanne goes on a drive to clear her mind she runs into a man on a horse and is transported into the 1800's.

Cody Black Fox is a half-breed in his time he is shunned by the white people because he is Indian and shunned by the Indians because he is white. Cody Black Fox is stunned by the sudden appearance of a woman in a contraption that he does not recognize. He gets her out of the car and is shocked by the way she is dressed. He goes to take her to his chief who he knows will not treat her well. Suzanne begs to not go but Cody does not listen. Cody brings Suzanne into his world which that time was a cruel place to live. He doesn't bring her to the chief but takes her to the fort where he thinks she will be safe. She is not. Eventually, Cody falls in love with Suzanne and commits to doing what it takes to get her back into her time before the baby is born.

This book shows what a brutal time it was for people in the 1800's. It was a hard time for women and it was a hard time for people of mixed race like Cody. There was a lot of brutality in this book that just goes to shows that time it was almost barbaric compared to our time now. I think that was part of the point of the book was to contrast modern times to the time back then and how different it was. It made me appreciate the as the reader the tolerance and acceptance that we do have today.

I liked the concept of the book. I love a good time travel book and if you like this kind of book too I would recommend this book. I liked the resiliency of Suzanne the author put her through a lot and she always came out of it one way or another. It made me cheer for Suzanne throughout the book. The romance was warmingly sensual which was a great contrast to the brutal conditions they often found themselves in. It was a nice contrast. I feel the romance was the star of the book.

I didn't like the constant calamity that the main character finds herself in. It feels like too much it was one disaster after another with no break for the mind. It would have been nice if the action, in the beginning, had been a little more spaced out. It doesn't stay this way and the conflicts mellow out towards the end so I did find that relief I was looking for. Often it came in the romance that sprung between Cody and Suzanne.

I give this book a 3 out of 4. Given the brutality that was found in the beginning of the book with little relief to be found is why I am scoring it less than a 4. This book was a great romance with a satisfying ending which is why I give it a 3 and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good romance with a time travel aspect.

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Re: Review by Jessica Samuelsen -- For the Love of Suzanne

Post Number:#2 by gali
» 23 Mar 2017, 00:15

I loved the book and thought it was a great book as well. I am glad that you enjoyed it overall. Thank you for your review!
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Re: Review by Jessica Samuelsen -- For the Love of Suzanne

Post Number:#3 by Jessica Samuelsen
» 23 Mar 2017, 00:22

gali wrote:I loved the book and thought it was a great book as well. I am glad that you enjoyed it overall. Thank you for your review!


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