28/07/2004

Prairie Fire (by Catherine Palmer)

This is second in the 'Town called Hope' series by Catherine Palmer, about a new small prairie town in Kansas, about a hundred years ago. Each book stands alone, as they're about different characters.

In 'Prairie Fire', a man called Jack is distrusted by the people of Hope. However he is very attracted to Caitlin, an Irish immigrant, and she also rather likes Jack.

This book follows Jack's attempts to settle in; he is not at all helped by a loud and outspoken mother, and his deeply depressed sister Lucy, who is clearly harbouring a terrible secret.

It's a well-written light read with a dramatic climax. Not brilliant, but a good way to pass a few hours.

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