First Time Novelist Has a Winner

The Bridge at Valentine by Renee Thompson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Romeo and Juliet in the Idaho Frontier

This is the very well written tale of a Mormon, Idaho sheep-farming family named Caldwell, which takes place in the late 1800s. Renee Thompson paints a beautiful visual portrait of the land and fills it with well-developed, three dimensional characters. It’s a family saga, to be sure, with a Romeo and Juliet love story featuring the sheep farmer’s daughter, Julia (or July) and the “gentile” cattleman’s son, Rory. Filled with tragedy and triumph, joy and sorrow, heroes and villains, I felt transported by the lyrical prose and romance of the tale.

Brilliant effort by a first-time novelist. I highly recommend this fast read to those who enjoy westerns, historical fiction and, of course, love stories.

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