I had a hard time getting through it, so I probably should have quit. It was not time well spent.
This was my first James Lee Burke, which I purchased after a friend raved about him. I guess my friend and I do not share the same taste - or maybe other books of his are better. I doubt that I will pay money for another one.
I didn't really think the narrator was convincing. Sometimes when he was reading a conversation between two men, it wasn't clear who was speaking. His idea of a woman's voice was to speak softly and passively - which didn't portray her personality.
The narrator was fine - he just didn't have much to work with.
As a fan of historical fiction, I was disappointed. It didn't seem very authentic to me - more like a modern story with occasional ancient trappings. If I'm wrong and it is authentic - then I would have to say it wasn't very convincing.
I never really warmed up to the characters - didn't feel like I really knew them or cared what happened.
I enjoyed this book very much because I was interested in 3 things: Smith College because it is my Alma Mater, Colorado history because I spend time in Fort Collins, and the city of Auburn because my relatives live in that area. Without an interest in those 3 things, the story might not hold the interest of a reader. The narrator has an irritating habit of pausing before reading something that I assume is in quotation marks in the printed book.
But aside from those reservations, let me say that it is a terrific story of two courageous women and the people of the Colorado rockies.
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