I really enjoyed this book - the writing and narration were way above average. I would have enjoyed it more if there had been an ending that matched the story. It just sort of stopped at the nearest scene even if the scene didn't make sense
This book is wonderful! The author captures your attention from the beginning and transports you from your world into that of his characters and keeps you there until "the end",
I was right there, in the mountains, on the ranch, anywhere the characters were. Loved this book...It made me gasp, laugh and cry. I will miss this story. Great characters and great reading.
Over sixty, avid reader, Masters in German Literature.
This book features splendid characterizations that avoid trite stereotypes and an appreciation of the types of people it took to settle the West, particularly New Mexico territory. Anyone who enjoys history and adventure should enjoy this well told family saga.
This is a well written story. However, it is not for the faint of heart. This book is a realistic look at what it was like to live in the west post-Civil War into the early 20th century. There is triumph, but within that triumph there is much heart ache in the book. I personally lost a son and therefore pieces of the book both tore at my heart and ministered to my soul. I recommend this to any father who is lost their beloved son.
Cal Durham, because of his sweetness and loyalty
The scene in which Patrick gave CJ Cal's refurbished saddle.
Neither, but I'm on mood altering meds! I did listen to the entire book in two days.
I can't believe I have just now discovered these rich, powerful novels by McGarrity. I plan to listen to all of the Kerney Ranch books and the Kevin Kerney series. I love New Mexico and gain great pleasure from hearing about the history of her land and her people.
This novel demonstrates a great knowledge of the New Mexico landscape and lore of the area during the early years of the United States westward expansion. The author did a great job of telling a story about the start of a ranching family its hardships and its victories. Great character development and historical perspective.
Like Lonesome Dove, one of few I'll never tire of listening to again and again.
Very hard to narrow down to just one.
Cal and Emma. Cal for his humanity and good humor in the most difficult of times and Emma for her indomitable will to survive the worst, make the best of it, and leave things better.
Not since Lonesome Dove have I fell absolutely in love with a book and its characters.