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Dusty has always lived for the feeling of fleeing the horrible results of her uncontrolled anger, an unfortunate recurring pattern she swore to correct with little hope of success. She soon finds herself in a town called Small River. After several weeks in the town, she defends the community from being raided by the dangerous Hamilton family. In the process, there’s an accidental discharge from her weapon that incapacitates an old man called Walter. Meanwhile, after some exchanges between her and the deputy sheriff, she feels she has broken the law and flees.
Dusty didn’t finish off the Hamilton family, and Katie Hamilton seeks revenge. Meanwhile, Dusty, after fleeing from several other towns, seeks a return to Small River; she feels she needs to be there for Walter since she is responsible for his condition. How would the people of Small River react to her return? Would they remember the slaying of the Hamilton brothers or the breaking of the law? With several alliances made on the way and a possible target on her back, Dusty embarks on a journey to right her wrongs. Read At The Crossing by Darren Andrichuk to find answers to the previous questions and more.
I enjoyed reading this novel for a lot of reasons. First, I like how the writer weaved the tale into a true-life story. The story took place around the time the Shoshone band was massacred by the US Army. It was interesting to read through Dusty's time with the Shoshone and what went through her mind while she was with them. Another thing I like is character development. All the characters were explained in a way that the reader would appreciate. At some point, you’d wonder who the main protagonist or antagonist is. At first, I thought it was Michael, Walter's son. Meanwhile, I fell in love with Katie, even if she seemed to be an antagonist. When the author narrated her background story, I found her character interesting.
The narrative style of the book is also one of the positive points. The third-person point of view ensured I had a bird-eye view of the events that took place. It was like I was there in person, witnessing everything unfold before my eyes. I also like that the author, at several points, gave us insights into what some of the characters were thinking. Because of this, I was able to understand their thought process better and draw more accurate conclusions about who they really were. Needless to say, the author organized the tale into an engaging plot. I followed the story without confusion and was happy with how each scene unfolded. My favorite scene was when Dusty and her team confronted Guardo and his gang in a gunfight. In the book, Guardo is the leader of a notorious gang that terrorized the town of Small River after one of their men was killed in that town.
I don’t have any complaints about the book; I liked everything about it. Moreover, this edition is professionally edited; I found less than ten errors in the text. I rate the novel 4 out of 4 stars. Readers that are interested in historical fiction would enjoy this one. If you like books that are filled with action and thrills, this book is also for you. However, readers that are affected by profanity are advised to steer clear of this novel; there are lots of profane language in the text.
At The Crossing
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