Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Review: Over The Edge

About the Book:
Seth Kincaid survived a fire in a cave, but he's never been the same. He was always a reckless youth, but now he's gone over the edge. He ran off to the Civil War and came back crazier than ever.

After the war, nearly dead from his injuries, it appears Seth got married. Oh, he's got a lot of excuses, but his wife isn't happy to find out Seth doesn't remember her. Callie has searched, prayed, and worried. Now she's come to the Kincaid family's ranch in Colorado to find her lost husband.

Callie isn't a long-suffering woman. Once she knows her husband is alive, she wants to kill him. She's not even close to forgiving him for abandoning her.

Then more trouble shows up in the form of a secret Seth's pa kept for years. The Kincaid brothers might lose their ranch if they can't sort things out. It's enough to drive a man insane--but somehow it's all making
Seth see things more clearly. And now that he knows what he wants, no one better stand in his way.

My Review:
If I can say anything about Over The Edge, I can say that Mary Connealy wrote it with a ton of drama, suspese and action! The story opens with a stagecoach stick-up, involving flying bullets, screams and a very courageous cow girl! Good way to get the adrenaline flowing, huh?

From reading other reviews on this book, it seems like most everyone loves Callie, but I see her in a different light. She seems bitter, understandable so, but bitter all the same. Her zeal for justice is over kill, no pun intended and many of her problems are her own fault. Who ever heard of marrying a man who isn't mentally stable and then expecting him to provide her with a stable life? This element added some interest and humor. She's spunky for sure!

Seth was a curious and complicated charcter indeed! Thanks to the extra information Mary offfered, I was up to date with the traumatic experiences that lead him to lose his mind. He is an adventerous cowboy, but his escapades are slowly robbing him of his sanity. After recieving deathly stares and rude remarks from Callie, Seth's struggle to act normal is evident. It was painful to read how abusive Callie got with her constant threats to blow his head off and her humilating remarks. I definitley felt sympathy for Seth but how he simply handles a wild woman like Callie is humorous:) The reader really gets to appreciate his thoughtfulness.

I enjoyed the action. From the stagecoach stick-up to the re-telling of a dangerous cave accident and the discovery of some diamonds, I was on the edge of my seat, partly due to hopes that Callie wouldn't carry out her plan to assasinate her husband. The plot was also easy to follow as were the primary and seconadry characters. A devious man's zeal for what "rightly" belongs to him adds another element of interest.
Overall, this story just didn't measure up with it's clueless, crazy men, and bossy, domineering women. The plot helped make the read more enjoyable. If you like a wild western then this just  may be the book for you. Conquering internal struggle is always a nice way to wrap up a story. I'd rate this book 3-4 out of 5 stars.

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