13 August, 2015

{{Book Review}} Heartbreak Trail

Andrea Carter can ride, rope, and cut out cattle with the best of her brothers’ ranch hands. Yet, her mother has always held the family’s youngest daughter back from fully participating in ranch activities.

With the approach of her fifteenth birthday, even the ranch boss, big brother Chad, can’t deny that his baby sister is better at ranch skills than some of his cowhands. When Andi announces that herquinceaƱera birthday wish is to join the upcoming cattle drive, her family is stunned. But after further discussion and multiple newspaper clippings about spirited women who balked at society’s expectations, even Mother agrees that the only way to get this cattle-drive notion out of Andi’s head is by letting her and her cousin Levi go along as Cook’s helpers. Andi is elated. What can go wrong on a two-week drive to Los Angeles?
Andi quickly discovers that a cattle drive is a dirty, dangerous business with little sleep and the same food day after day. Between late nights, dust, mosquitos, and an abrasive cowhand trying to win Andi’s attention, it is definitely not a holiday. Andi grimly determines she will stick it out. When a river crossing goes wrong and Chad is shot in a gunfight with suspicious men who have been shadowing the herd, Mitch the trail boss finds himself dangerously shorthanded. Andi and Levi can no longer just give Cook a hand. It’s time to pitch in and help Mitch get their cattle to market—any way they can.

*My Review*
I've never read anything by Susan Marlow before. "Heartbreak trail" is the second book in the Circle C Milestones series. I enjoyed it, but I enjoy just about every book I read!

This book is labeled as young adult fiction, which puts this book in the 14-18 age range but honestly I'd suggest this book for the 8-14 age range. I really liked the story in Heartbreak Trail. Andi has to learn to swallow her pride and admit when she is wrong. The lessons she learns are great lessons, and are often easily impressed on a child or teen when presented as a story than when instructed.

I plan on going back and reading book one, and then re-reading this book. If you are looking for a good book to read, & you enjoy young adult books...then this book might be for you. You might also think of this book for a pre-teen or teen who likes to read. 

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