Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Need to Read #23: Fire in Ember
Title: Fire in Ember
Author: DiAnn Mills
Book blurb: John Timmons' life is planned and orderly. He cares for his mother and four younger brothers, and their future depends on him to keep their Colorado ranch profitable. Ember Farrar (Bert) has run away from her law-breaking family in search of a new life. But, when she attempts to return a horse that her brother had stolen, ranch hands believe she is a thief and a boy and they plan to hang her. John, who is also a deputy marshal, breaks up the hanging. After paying for the stolen horse, he takes the boy home to work off the debt. Later he learns Bert is a girl who refuses to tell him who she is and why she possessed a stolen horse. When ranchers report stolen cattle, Bert is a natural suspect. John is touched by Bert's sweet spirit and natural gift of music. Surely she's not a cattle thief. Bert fears for their lives when she is forced to either help her brothers steal or put the Timmons in danger. When John thinks Bert has betrayed him, he ignores God and turns revengeful. Will John learn who Bert truly is? Will their lives ever return back to normal?
Quick endorsement: A girl who is trying to pass as a boy…not something you see in just every book! This one was well-written and a good read, full of exciting adventures and threaded with mystery.
Link to review: http://austenitis.blogspot.com/2011/05/fire-in-ember.html