Disclaimer: A Sweet Misfortune, by Maggie Brendan, was provided by Revell in exchange for an honest review.
Rachel Matthews isn’t one to rely on others to take care of her. Homeless and alone, she still wants to make her own way and her own money to buy back the family ranch—even if she’s forced into the life of a dance hall girl. Horrified by her circumstances, Rachel’s brother, who is away mining for gold, send a friend to rescue her. Cattle baron John McIntyre is focused on acquiring as much land as possible in Montana and has little time to deal with a dance hall gal. Rachel isn’t sure she can take one more day in John’s home—especially once she discovers that he’s the one who holds ransom the key to the family’s future. Sparks fly between this spunky, independent heroine and the ruggedly handsome hero as they navigate the snarled terrain of pride, greed, faith, and love in Maggie Brendan’s delightful series set in the Old West.
I really wanted to like A Sweet Misfortune. It’s set in the Old West! It’s a historical romance! It’s got cowboys and dresses and horses! But…I couldn’t get past my growing feeling that nothing that was occurring was important. I really don’t like it when books feel completely meaningless.
I didn’t find the romance particularly appealing, since I hate love triangles/squares and I found it more annoying than romantic that Rachel has four men trying to win her over. I also found the main romantic plot to be a little rushed and Rachel goes a little too quickly from “No, I’m not interested” to “I love him.” Unless the former was supposed to be her in denial, in which case Rachel—and the author—did her job too well—she was very convincingly not interested up until the random moment when she was.
To be honest, I simply skimmed the book when there was about 50 pages left. At that point, I was so bored that it was either skim the rest or stop reading entirely. I like Old West and I like historical romance, but A Sweet Misfortune is bland and boring and completely unimportant.
My rating: 1/5
Warnings: Violence, death.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian
You can buy this here: A Sweet Misfortune