Breathe by Lisa T. Bergren
The Homeward Trilogy: Book One
David C. Cook / 2009
David C. Cook / 2009
About the book:
Devastated by the loss of four sons to tuberculosis and his wife in childbirth, a Philadelphia patriarch sends his three living children west in 1883 to make a new life in the clean mountain air of Colorado Springs. Odessa is struggling to survive consumption; Moira is beautiful and dangerously headstrong; and pugnacious Dominic is charged with establishing a new arm of the family business a business he doesn't want. Readers will love The Homeward Trilogy, in which the St. Clair siblings struggle to follow where the heavenly Father leads them.
In Breathe, Odessa arrives at a famous sanitarium seeking a cure for the disease that killed her brothers. While Moira and Nic establish themselves in Colorado Springs society, Dessa inches her way back to health - and into love with a softspoken fellow patient, rancher Bryce McAllan. When she witnesses a murder in the very hospital where she is recuperating-and other patients begin to die, Dessa struggles to breathe again. She'd always expected to die young, but now that she has a reason to live, can she hold on to her fragile health to solve the mystery?
I've been a fan of Lisa Bergren's books ever since I read Waterfall (book one in the River of Time series) and Breathe, one of her older novels, was SO good!
I loved the characters! The book starts out great and I couldn't help but feel for Odessa and the St. Clairs right away! They were definitely all favorites of mine, along with Bryce.
The mystery in Breathe regarding Sam's death and the poem he left Odessa was very good. I was surprised, in the end, by some things - especially regarding what had happened the night of Sam's death.
There was one thing in Breathe that I didn't care for (it's a pet peeve of mine) and that was how a character, near the end of the book, heard replies from God. I still loved the book, just didn't like that.
After getting introduced to Dominic and Moira in Breathe, I want to read their books, Sing and Claim, as soon as possible. I really want to find out what happens next in their lives. :)
Overall, Breathe was a very good read and I recommend it to fans of historical romance novels.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*