Colleen Coble’s Bluebonnet Bride is an action packed novella. The story starts with Elli, freshly arrived in Texas to meet her mail-order husband. Quickly we find out, that a nemesis is from her homeland of Finland is after something that she has.
Even though it was a novella, I found the pacing quite fast. It was hard to put down because something was happening all the time. It nearly made me breathless reading it. In fact, I almost think things happened to quickly. The scenes with the most action only took up a page or two and were over just as I started realizing something was happening.
The fast pacing also made it difficult to get to know the characters and find their romance believable. You never really get to see them truly get to know one another beyond initial sparks of attraction. Elli is the most rounded, but even she was hard to get a feel for. There are a handful of other characters who are briefly introduced, but don’t have much to do with the story itself after the beginning.
The good thing about this story is the mystery. It is quite unclear who is causing the troubles for Elli and even more mysterious is why exactly they are. Throughout the novella we get hints and bits and pieces but even in the end there are still a couple of surprises.
This is a good novella if you need a fast read. It only took me about an hour to get through it, and like I said before, it was a bit hard to put it down because of all the events going on.
Overall, I think this particular story would have landed itself better to novel length so that the characters and plot could have been further developed.
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