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Friday, August 28, 2009

Back To School Summer Fiction Blog Tour - The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y'Barbo

Thank you to Ashley Boyer of Random House for the opportunity to join in the Back-to-School Fiction Blog Tour. This tour includes:

The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y'Barbo, The Sweetgum Ladies Knit for Love by Beth Pattillo, and Rose House by Tina Ann Forkner.


The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper by Kathleen Y'Barbo

* Category: Fiction - Christian - Historical
* Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
* On Sale: June 2, 2009
* Price: $9.99
* ISBN: 978-0-307-44474-5 (0-307-44474-0)

Click on Random House's Link for more information or to purchase: The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper.

Summary from the back cover: The Future is clearly mapped out for New York socialite Eugenia "Gennie" Cooper, but she secretly longs to slip into the boots of her favorite dime-novel heroine and experience just one adventure before settling down. When the opportunity arises, Gennie jumps at the chance to experience the Wild West, but her plans go awry when she is drawn into the lives of silver baron Daniel Beck and his daughter and finds herself caring for them more than is prudent-- Especially as she's supposed to go back to New York and marry another man. As Gennie adapts to the rough-and-tumble world of 1880s Colorado, she must decide whether her future lies with the enigmatic Daniel Beck or back home with the life planned for her since birth. Will Daniel's past--and disgruntled miners bent on revenge--take that choice away from her?

My Review: Every time I read a novel taking place in the untamed Wild West, I am more and more enamored with that time. Kathleen Y'Barbo's book is no exception!

Gennie is a woman who I could totally relate to. Her father has made plans for her life, and as a young respectful woman she is to comply, but her heart longs for adventure just like her favorite heroine Mae Winslow of the dime-novels she loves. Gennie makes the leap to one adventure before she becomes the wife of banker Chandler Dodd. Gennie takes a chance and heads on to Denver rather than a trip to Boston, and while Gennie's adventure begins, she does get much more than she bargained for.

I loved reading this story. It was easy to relate to Gennie as I recall putting myself into stories when I was in my youth. Gennie relates to her heroine and sees their parallels in likes and loves. Adventure calls to her soul and Gennie has to answer. What fun it was riding along with Gennie on this journey through adventure, romance, and growing up--really growing up. I also thoroughly enjoyed the snip its of Gennie's favorite heroine's novel interspersed through out the novel. You could see what inspired Gennie and it was just fun seeing what was going to happen to Mae next as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this charming story and highly recommend it.


Kaye said...

I liked this one a lot too. Actually it surprised me that I liked it as much as I did. Usually things set in the west don't interest me too much. Waterbrook has had some fantastic books on tour. Are you doing Stray Affections? I started it last night and it is good.

Have a great weekend!

kalea_kane said...

I AM doing Stray Affections too! :) I am starting it today after I do some chores. :)

Have a fabulous weekend, Kaye!