Soda Springs by Carolyn Steele (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)


Welcome to my tour stop for Soda Springs by Carolyn Steele! Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

Soda SpringsSoda Springs
by Carolyn Steele
LDS Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 Pages
December 8th 2015 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media

When Tessa Darrow discovers her father burning his Civil War uniform, she has no idea how his secret will devastate their family and drive them from their home in North Carolina. The family journeys along the Oregon Trail until tragedy strikes, leaving Tessa and her father to build a new life in Soda Springs, Idaho. This sweeping story illuminates an oft-forgotten era in LDS Church history. Filled with life and passion, it’s a thrilling read for history buffs and romantics alike.

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My Review

SODA SPRINGS is the story of Tessa who loses almost everything as a girl and faces difficulties and a very different life from what she thought she would have as she becomes a woman. Her family travels the Oregon Trail, but this story doesn't focus so much on their trail experience as it does on what happens when they arrive at their destination. The historical setting felt authentic and I couldn't help rooting for Tessa that she would find happiness and love. It was an interesting story with a fulfilling ending.

There were some interesting factual tidbits in the story, such as using natural resources for healing, how the people lived, how they worked and lived off of the land, how young they were married, etc. The story gives some less-than-favorable looks at Mormons and polygamy in parts as well as favorable. It showed how different people reacted in different ways, some of the reasoning, as well as reactions to hardships and religion. Some parts rubbed me a little wrong and felt a little dramatic. It was a difficult life on the trail and then starting and maintaining a community out in the middle of a tough land. I found the romance really sweet, especially towards the end.

I'd recommend SODA SPRINTS to those who enjoy stories about characters who face extreme challenges, full of historical information, and with a sweet romance.

Content: Clean

Source: I would like to thank Cedar Fort for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Born and raised in Utah, Carolyn Steele was introduced to western novels at a very young age by her grandfather, the son of a gold miner. She has been writing technical and marketing communications for most of her adult life. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in numerous national magazines. She earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Utah. Her first novel, Willow Springs, was published in 2014.


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