Monday, October 10, 2011

The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena Miller

Her heart seeks sanctuary in the deep woods. But will trouble find her even here?

The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway's Georgia home, conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a north woods lumber camp. The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he's hired has the grit to survive the never-ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter. Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love.

With grace and skill, Serena Miller brings to life a bygone era. From the ethereal, snowy forest and the rowdy shanty boys to the warm cookstove and mouth-watering apple pie, every detail is perfectly rendered, transporting you to a time of danger and romance.

"With fascinating historical detail and heartfelt characters, The Measure of Katie Calloway captivated me from the very first line. Great storytelling, coupled with a unique north woods setting, will carry your heart from one vivid scene to the next. Miller writes the kind of rich historical fiction I love--with a plethora of romantic twists and turns to keep you reading far into the night. Not to be missed!"--Laura Frantz, author of The Colonel's Lady

"Serena Miller's charming characters leap off the pages and straight into your heart, and her setting feels so real you'll wonder why you don't hear trees falling in the forest and bacon sizzling on the woodstove."--Emilie Richards, author of Sunset Bridge

"Fascinating history. Fabulous characters. The Measure of Katie Calloway is a fast-paced story with a generous measure of romance that will have readers cheering on Katie Calloway as she conquers one trial after another. If you like stepping back in time and sharing an adventure with great characters, this is the book for you."--Ann H. Gabhart, author of Angel Sister

Here is my review of this incredible historical romance:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Serena Miller and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Measure of Katie Calloway" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

Has Katie Calloway gone from the frying pan into the fire? Fleeing from an abusive husband who wants her dead, she abandons her post-Civil War Georgia home as quickly as her battered body can carry her. She heads north to a lumber camp owned by Robert Forster, an honorable man with whom Katie could easily fall in love if she hadn't sworn off men and wasn't still someone's wife!

"The Measure of Katie Calloway" is a beautifully engaging novel by Serena Miller. The characters have dimension and the locations come to life in the mind's eye. Miller also addressed important life lessons about fleeing abusive relationships and not permitting your past to hold you captive by keeping secrets. This is a wonderful read that will quickly pass a weekend.

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