Saturday, February 22, 2014

Review ~ Cera's Place by Elizabeth McKenna

In 1869, San Francisco saloon owner Cera Cassidy offers redemption to any woman looking for honest work. At Cera's Place, men can get a decent hot meal with a whiskey, but if they want anything more, they have to take their desires elsewhere. One summer night, a distraught Chinese girl bursts through the swinging doors with a shocking tale of murder, kidnapping, and prostitution. Outraged, Cera vows to set things right.

Jake Tanner, a scarred ex-soldier haunted by the horrors of the Civil War, is on a mission to fulfill a friend's dying wish. The trail has brought him to Cera's door. Captivated by her Irish beauty, he wants to join her fight - but will she let him?

I am a die-hard historical western fan and this was a nice introduction to Ms McKenna's writing and style. So when I started reading Cera's Place, I was anxious to dig right in. The conflict McKenna begins, builds and eventually solves is well-crafted and had me turning pages immediately.

I loved the depth of the story. Not only are we dealing with Jake's haunting past but we also have Cera's assisting Hu Wong's situation. These two stories alone had me almost forgetting about Jake and Cera's potential romance.

Wonderful debut novel! I am looking forward to reading more from Ms McKenna and forming an author/reviewer relationship here.

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