ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling, award winning author of over thirty books, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. A former publishing executive, she now splits her time between writing and freelance editing and parenting her three young children with her husband Tim. She lives in Colorado Springs.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
By the time Dominic and Moira St. Clair get their ailing sister, Odessa, to Colorado Springs in the winter of 1883, she is nearly dead. Odessa has been seriously ailing for the past year from consumption, an illness that claimed the lives of four of her younger brothers, prompting her father, to send his only surviving children west to chase the cure.
Moira is beautiful and dangerously headstrong; and pugnacious Dominic is charged with establishing a new arm of the family business–a business he doesn’t want.
Several days after her arrival, Odessa witnesses what she fears is the murder of miner Sam O’Toole, friend and neighbor to the charming Bryce McAllan. What’s more, Sam leaves her a poem containing clues that seem to direct her to his mine, which is purported to carry a fantastic vein of silver. But if she is ever to rise from her bed again, she must first concentrate on conquering the giant that threatens her – consumption. Indeed, she must learn to breathe again – daring to embrace her life, her future, and hope in her God.
I found Breathe to be a refreshing change of pace to the usual historical romance novel. Rather than primary characters who are strong and perfect, the hero and heroine of Breathe both suffer with consumption and their weakness and struggles are well portrayed.
Breathe is also less a romance novel than it is a suspense novel. There was never the build up of romantic tension between Odessa and Bryce that is usually seen in a romance. On the other hand, there are enough suspicious circumstances and murder attempts to flesh out a good mystery. Bergren also portrays the bad guy so well that you know he is up to no good from the beginning. You just don’t have any idea who is co-conspirators might be until near the end.
The historical details about Colorado history and consumption added depth to an enjoyable story. I enjoyed Breathe and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys good historical fiction.