Monday, 16 November 2009

Book Review: Power’s Garden, by Dianne Ebertt Beeaff

dianne bookI haven’t had much time for reading recently but I did get to read this book. It’s set in Arizona in the early part of the twentieth century and is a tale of a clash of cultures, love, death and dark family secrets. It is based around two families, the Mormon Beechams and the Texan Brennicks. There are lots of twists and turns in the storyline that keeps you hooked and wondering what will happen next.

The main characters are the gentle Malvina Beecham and the feisty Duett Brennick and, though they are very different characters, their friendship crosses the divide. They are also strong women (especially Duett who has an array of wonderful Texan phrases)who you come to admire.

The novel describes the harsh, unyielding landscape of Arizona and the difficulties early settlers had in surviving there well. I come from somewhere totally different but could easily picture the valley and homesteads in my mind from the descriptions.

Power’s Garden is good read, I would recommend it and hope that perhaps there will be a sequel in the future. You can read more about the book here www.powersgarden.com

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