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The good things about this book:
It was well written, not many spelling errors and the grammar was good. I only actually saw a few grammar things that confused me. The characters were well built and this author knows how to give adequate details to her characters and to her surroundings. This I thoroughly enjoyed as descriptions are always the hardest, I believe, to get accurate or across to a reader. I think the characters match each other perfectly. I could feel their chemistry and the reason why they would be attracted. While I did enjoy reading on a topic that is not so readily hit upon in romance novels, gave this book a breath of fresh air. I applaud the author for that.
The bad things about this book that earned it 3 stars:
It is easy to sum it up in a few words. Boring, long winded and lack of romance between the characters.
Let me be the first to say that I am not a fan of Union, Mob, Gangster type books. However, while this book was based off a Union for a mining town I could have actually been ok with that, EXCEPT that it seems to me that the book was more about the Union and their fights than it was about the love, growing love or struggles of romance that are usually contained with in a romance novel. I only got 50% of the way though this book, because I could no longer stand reading on about the Union and their struggles. There was a bit about how the two characters in this book met, how the hero couldn't marry her because he was pretending to be someone else, but ended up marrying her any how. The heroine had expected to marry the man so there were no obvious struggles there after their correspondence for 2 years. I am assuming by the label that their might have been another struggle later on that I did not get to?????
But overall.... their was no romantic courting, no romance struggles, nothing. It was just story about a mining town and a dirty Union Group of leaders.
Another thing that I found hard to discern was how the characters that were "under cover" were changing names in a conversation. On sentence states Dietz said... the next sentence states McCullogh said, but in reality these to people are the same because Dietz is pretending to be McCullough. The same thing for Mr. Allison, who is is really Patterson.
Overall the book was extremely boring and long winded and for that I did not finish it. Half way through I still couldn't make heads or tales of who was really the good guy or the bad, except they portrayed the "Union" which was practically the whole town, was evil and on a murderous rampage not giving any credibility as to why they were against the owners. Yes it mentioned fair wages and better working conditions... is that all they could have said? They gave no examples or incidences.
If you don't mind a story about a corrupt union, then this book is for you. If you are looking for love and romance, please pick another book.
I was not particularly fond of the female protagonist's abrupt falling in love of the male protagonist and her complete submission to him. She was otherwise a very independent character, which I liked. I understand it was part of the plot, it's just not my preference so I was less inclined to give a five star rating for this book.
I subtracted one star because of editing issues. There were some really noticeable grammar and/or editing mistakes throughout the book, particularly towards the end.
Published By: G.R.
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"The Union" by Gina Robinson was a wonderful western historical romance novel. This was a rather fast paced read that was suspenseful with some real'historical events from North Idaho's Silver Valley during the late 1800's. This read was of the old west mining town and a romance 'between an undercover agent who was posing as a mail order husband.'
The read will lead you to some very intriguing and well developed characters as well as some shady ones that will keep your interest until the very end. I found this author to be a very good storyteller of this 'love story' that will also keep you turning the pages to see what was going to happen next in this novel as the secrets to it all comes to out. I enjoyed how this author was able to present the unions and all of the corruption that was involved in it all.
If you are looking for a good read with lots of twist and turns with some surprises you have come to the right place for "The Union" will take you there for a very amazing read.