Review: Out of the Embers (Mesquite Springs: Book 1)

March 20, 2020

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn Radcliffe is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents' murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds refuge in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don't include a family of his own.

At first, Evelyn is a distraction. But when it becomes clear that trouble has followed her to Mesquite Springs, she becomes a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants her dead? And will his own plans become collateral damage?

Suspenseful and sweetly romantic, Out of the Embers is the first in a new series that invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, when the West was wild, the men were noble, and the women were strong.


 Out of the Embers was not what I was expecting at first. Honestly, I was straight up confused at the very beginning of the book. This book switches points of view between the characters. And it just so happened that I wouldn't always be paying attention and I wouldn't realize what was happening in the story. The very start of the book seems to imply that you should understand different things in the story, but you don't actually know what these are. I think that is what led to me being the most confused.

But once I got passed the first few chapters and about 15 percent into the book, I was finally drawn it. Evelyn is a very loveable character and you want the best for her as she flees a dangerous situation. And you'll laugh at all the remarks that Polly, the orphan girl that Evelyn takes in. You'll also admire Wyatt and the honorable man that he is, like the entirety of Mesquite Springs.

Be prepared for a drawn-out romance because these characters are very stubborn about their beliefs. Both of which seem to be very skewed by the hardships that they have had to deal with in their life. If you want a historical clean romance, with a dash of church thrown in, this book is for you!

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