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Desert Romance a good read
on 12 February 2011
I bought this novel on a whim and am now counting it one of those serendipitous finds that makes impulse buying such fun!
The novel centres on a taciturn BLM worker (US government department looking after landscapes, think National Trust on big scale!) and a visiting archaeologist. It is formulaic, in so far as they women immediately dislike one another then become increasingly attracted, but that isn't the point. Whilst this is a romance, I think the real romance is with the landscape and the history of the setting. McCoy writes so vividly about the desert around Yuma, the flora and forna, the people and their history that you immediately want to travel there. If she isn't sponsored by Arizona travel they are missing a trick! So whilst the romance developing, with side plots of old girlfriends, misunderstandings, rivals and a mystery involving lost Gold and an unpleasant villain, is all very well what kept me spellbound was the beauty and evident love McCoy has for the area.
If it seems like I am dismissing the plot, forgive me, whilst formulaic at a basic level it is well developed and has some interesting nuances with the women's history and psychology that raise it above the run-of-the-mill romance. The real star, however, is the desert itself.
Buy this book: If you like beautiful settings, slow pace and complex characters.
Don't buy: If you're looking for pacy action or lighweight fluff.