The Tainted Doves Trilogy by Elle Marlow
Welcome to my very first official book review blog. Now that I'm focusing specifically on book reviews, I'm happy to start with The Tainted Doves Trilogy, by Elle Marlow. I've never read a western before, this is my first. This one is a collection of three short stories in which none of the characters recur in the other two tales.
I can honestly say that I really enjoyed it. Taken far into the 1880's of Arizona, desert, Old West, and strong women. I felt that I was truly taken back into a whole different era as I read the tales woven by this masterful author. I really would love to read one of her novels to see how it compares with the shorts here.
The first up was Whiskey's Women. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, knowing I've never read western, and there wasn't much romance involved, but I really loved it. Three women married to the same man find each other after he dies and together swear to find revenge on the gambler that shot him in cold blood. It has a good pace, and I didn't feel that it was rushed or that I was missing out on anything since it was a short story. It's also available as a stand alone on Amazon. I reccomend you check it out.
Next was The Dust Garden. I failed to mention above that I love the original names that Marlow uses for her characters in the books. I feel that Names like Temptation are true to the era in which she's weaving these tales. I did my own ansestry once, and found crazy names like this in my own history way back when, so I really love that she did this. In the Dust garden we meet very timid, very shy, very scarred, Temtation. She has no real memory of who she is, and lives a very secluded life after some years of terror she experiences at the hand of a man. When She meets Fallon, she finds herself facing some confusing emotions that don't mesh with her fearful tendencies. I loved this short love story. I got lost in it, it's sweet and sexy. A perfect blend of the two.
The last in the trilogy is The Gamblers Passion. In this story we meet Tawdry, who's deathly ill Mother and the search for a doctor cause her to cross paths with a gambler. I don't want to give to much away, but again this love story was sweet and sexy, and the perfect end to this trio of tales.
I recommend that you pick up one or more of Marlow's books. Specializing in Historical fiction, she will take you to a world unknown,a past time and you will find yourself lost in the story.
Find her books on Amazon here.