Thursday, April 6, 2017

Book Review: Healing Woman of the Red Rocks by Verna Clay

Title:  Healing Woman of the Red Rocks (Red Rocks Trilogy - Book 1)
Author:  Verna Clay
Genre:  Historical Romance, Western
Release Date:  April 2, 2015

From the Back Cover:

Dr. Thomas Matthews lost his wife to a mysterious illness and now his daughter is showing the same symptoms. He is desperate to find a cure. In an unexpected turn of events, he overhears two outlaws discussing a woman known as the Healing Woman of the Red Rocks. She supposedly has an uncanny ability to heal. Thomas gains the confidence of the outlaws and they give him directions to a place known as the "red rocks" in Arizona Territory.

Tana Raven Sees makes her home in a valley surrounded by red monoliths. Although others claim she lives alone, she is never alone. Not only do the forest animals come to her when they are injured or ill, but she is often visited in dreams by her deceased grandmother, Frannie. For years, Frannie has been foretelling of a man who will seek her out...and make her cry. After waiting so long, she decides her grandmother is mistaken. That is, until the day he arrives with his daughter.

Buy Links: Amazon 
My Review:

Let me start by saying that I'm a big fan of Verna Clay.  I absolutely love her historical romance novels. This one was a bit different, but it was still enjoyable.  Perhaps the movement from Tom in one chapter to Tana in the next kept the book from flowing the way her books generally flow.  But all in all, it was still good.

Verna Clay is a master at portraying history in her novels.  This one also included superb geography!  I say that because I lived for several years in Arizona and her description and explanations regarding Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Superstition Mountain, the lost Dutchman and his gold mine, and Montezuma Castle brought back many memories.  She introduced many characters from the old west who were made famous in Arizona.

This story was somewhat slow moving as Tom and Amy traveled to find the healing woman, with numerous little adventures along the way.  I think I was just anxious for them to find Tana and I was anxious for love tingles to start developing.  Not enough of those tingles that I have so thoroughly enjoyed in Verna's other stories.  But that may not have been her goal with this book.  She did provide the reader with tons of interesting information.  I loved all the Indian lore!

Healing Woman of the Red Rocks is the first book in the Red Rocks Trilogy: Past, Present, Future, and I am anxious to read more.

My Rating:

About the Author:

My perfect day: coffee shop; laptop; WiFi availability; java mocha; characters demanding their stories be told; a plot that comes together; and hours to live in an alternate reality.

Seriously, I have always loved reading, and now I love writing. As a preteen, I devoured Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries, but when I reached my teen years the romance genre became my favorite, and that has never changed. After years of procrastinating, I tried my hand at writing and I've been doing so with a passion ever since. I have written over twenty-five romance novels and novellas in the genres of contemporary western, historical western, general contemporary, and fantasy. Because I hate saying goodbye to characters who have lived with me for months, I usually create a series so they can be revisited from book to book. I have also written a Young Adult novella titled "Fragile Hearts" using the pen name of Colleen Clay.


Verna Clay said...

Thank you for your review of Healing Woman of the Red Rocks. The first time I visited Sedona, I was in awe, and knew that someday I would have to include it in a historical story line. The other areas are impressive, but Sedona is a wonder to behold!

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