Ong the way who pose danger violent shootouts and whiskey galore on her journey to Noah This is rough and lawless and violent and everything you might expect from a western but there are softer touching moments She comes to know about her mother from her brother Noah s stories which she cherishes There s a poignant moment when she realizes as she meets a character named
Greenie That He Was The First Friend She Ever Had that he was the first friend she ever had the heavy heart she carries for some of the things she s done is heartbreaking Make no mistake this is a gritty and violent read but if you are in the mood for a western this is one I d recommend What I ve mentioned here merely touches on the story and the cast of characters Somewhat long winded in the middle but it is still worth reading While I was reading this I kept thinking that someone should make a movie out of this I read an interview with the author and sure enough someone bought the rights even before the book was published I ll go see the movie I received an advanced copy of this book from Viking through Edelweiss Shooting ain t no life for females Yessir I practiced even though I knew I was to be a ranch wife in this valley and wouldn t never have cause to know such skills The year was 1885Jessilyn Harney fancied the notion of being a Straight Eye Shooter Her bother Noah Harney was 5 years older He and their Pa was always arguing ntil one day Noah simply boltedafter hitting his own pa in the eye Noah said he was sorry to his younger sister but couldn t take it any The siblings didn t see each other for the next 5 years But with her brother gone Jessilyn thought what other choice did she have but to get married She rode her horse Ingrid to town and went straight to the sheriffs office first Jessilyn now 17 years old told Sheriff Younger that her pa sent her to inuire about marriage While at the sheriffs office Jessilyn discovered that Noah was a wanted man for crimes he had done There was a 300 reward for anyone who could find him dead or alive Jessilyn planned on bri HOLEEE LORD there is not a literary award alified for this novel and I will not diminish it by adding my commentary on it I m humbled by the idea that someone who can write *LIKE THIS IS OKAY WITH THE *this is okay with the of s jokers being allowed to read itI ve set my copy aside for my daughter with the same reverence that I ve saved my grandmother s china for her Gunfights revenge desperation and whiskey of course Whiskey has much to answer for in this Western set in the Midwest in 1885 It also gives A House Built out of Stone us a very engaging character one who in a strong voice narrates her own story Jess is a young girl when a concurrence ofnfortunate events leaves her alone on the family homestead After trying to figure out a way to survive and keep her home intact she decides to ride out and find her brother Noah is a man who is wanted by the law as he is now a thief and a criminal with a hefty award placed on his capture or his death Knowing this is impossible as a woman she disguises herself as a young man and sets off on her journey She has one invaluable skill she is a sharpshooter shooting better than most menThe harshness of life on the range is well portrayed as are the limited choices. Ther Noah and bring him home A talented sharpshooter herself Jess's Alma Mater uest lands her in the employ of the territory's violent capricious Governor whose militia is also hunting Noah dead or aliveWrestling with her brother's outlaw identity and haunted byestions about her own Jess must outmane.
John Larison ☆ 6 ReadA gunslinging Giddy p western style read This is some powerful *writing about a girl who loses her pa on their ranch *about a girl who loses her pa on their ranch she is now a gun toting boy on the search for her infamous and wanted outlaw brother The language and dialogue fabulous A good ole fashion western with a twist of whiskey one might say But when the whisky runs dry life changes in the most dramaticAnd harsh way Blood is thicker than water 4 This is a tale that digs a little deeper touching on things one might not typically expect from a straight out western The year is 1885 with plenty of disorder and very little law in the Midwest Noah Harney and his gang are riding roughshod taking what they want and distributing as they see fit Heroes or outlaws They all have prices on their heads There is some rough stuff in here Marauding Indians and Mother Nature Shoot em ps Hunker down and take a gander as the cacophonous caws of ravens and the heckling jaybirds give warning Could be a bear mayhap a horse thief You ll be given the opportunity to reflect on the way we hide behind our words what we say in stark contrast
to what we mean Loss of faith betrayal threats view spoilerand a misbegotten trip intowhat we mean Loss of faith betrayal threats view spoilerand a misbegotten trip into hide spoiler I confess that I m always wary of female protagonists being written by male authors and vice versa but I found the characterization of Jess absolutely believable I think a reason this is true is because while there was ite a bit of focus on gender throughout the book it was always important who each character was as an individual rather than as a gender stereotypeVery enjoyable and compelling read from beginning to end Definition of Wild West from the Merrim Webster Dictionary the western US in its frontier period characterized by roughness and lawlessness This perfectly describes the atmosphere of this story The historical significance of the time is wonderfully depicted here perfectly describes the atmosphere of this story The historical significance of the time is wonderfully depicted here in itself is captivating However there are other things that made this a great reading experience John Larison gives s a character who could be described as a bad ass sharpshooter but who is so much a multidimensional character He gives Thin Blue Smoke us descriptions so visual of the places the things that happen The writing is beautiful in many places I know this is a prepublished version so keep that in mind but I just had to share this early paragraph that drew me in Our kin homesteaded where desert met lake The hills in the near distance wore blankets of pine Patterns of aspen marked the water Beyond them the mountains stood blue on clear days and devoured the sun long before it left this world From the home Pa builts we couldn t see the lake but we could see the willows along its edge and we could hear the wingbeats of doves Somewhere in the Midwest in 1885 seventeen year old Jessilyn motherless since birth finds herself alone when her brother Noah leaves and her father dies She has her horse her father s guns and his fiddle She is also armed with the shooting skills she learned by watching father teach her brother As a woman she knows none of this will help her on the est she embarks on to find her brother so she disguises herself as a man calls herself Jessie It s a hard trek to find her brother hunger people al. In the spring of 1885 seventeen year old Jessilyn Harney finds herself orphaned and alone on her family's homestead Desperate to fend off starvation and predatory neighbors she cuts off her hair binds her chest saddles her beloved mare and sets off across the mountains to find her outlaw bro. ,
The Vanished (Roswell High, uote in particular for me showed how relevant views back then could still besed now in countries always at warNo Harney It is not revenge that interests me That man stole my son I on the other hand have pledged myself to his daughter This is not about your ses for me This is about the children who
Come After This Isafter This is the world we build for them for they are our saviorsARC from Edelweiss Because it is nowhere in the marketing copy I feel compelled to spread the word that this book is VERY GAY It is also V E R Y G O O D 4 No library wait for this one which means some readers are missing outThe initial 100 pages went down as smooth and fast as Scottish Comfort Jamie Frasier Red Wait I meant Southern Comfort Johnnie Walker Red To darn easy to get those mixed p Despite that confusion this is no romanceThe pages and interest level after that just kept firing like a Winchester repeaterLoved David James Duncan s assessment An orphan girl straight out of a Gillian Welch song betrayed in every way imaginable by the brutality that won the West is left no way to hew a family or honor but to become a virtuoso cross dressed killer of Manifest Destiny s men If you appreciate a good western yarn check this one out but definitely not for those who might need smelling salts I ll have another straight Taken by the Pterodactyl (Dinosaur Erotica) up with an aspirin chaser It s hell getting too old and feeble to handle your drink properly John Larison has spun a tale of the Wild West that will keep the pages turning and I don tsually enjoy westerns This story is told from Jessilyn s point of view Jessilyn s brother left after a fight with their father and her father died soon after She was alone on the family homestead which she worked the best she could She finally left in search of her brother who had become an outlaw She cut her hair and bound her chest so she would look like a boy because a girl alone would have been easy prey During her search she had earned some money doing trick shooting and the *GOVERNOR DISCOVERED HER AND HIRED HER *discovered her and hired her a sharpshooter still impersonating a manJessilyn is a great character I felt sad for the loss of her mother and kept hoping she would find love The circumstances of her life made her hard and the violence that surrounded her was fierce However much I love the character I keep feeling like I should hate her I truly couldn t put the book down Very well written believable char. Uver those who The Four Faces of God underestimate herltimately rising to become a hero in her own rightTold in Jess's wholly original and The Last Whales unforgettable voice Whiskey When We're Dry is a stunning achievement an epic as expansive as America itself and a reckoning with the myths that are entwined with our history.