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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

From the Dust by Ryshia Kennie


Love can be so... unexpected.

In the spring of 1935, understated beauty Eva Edwards is widowed. A blessing to be sure. Having long since left England, a rare talent for music and notions of love behind, her one focus is keeping her farm and raising a child not her own—no matter the sacrifice and struggle.

Born of wealth, veterinarian Tate Prescott Brown has come to the dust of Saskatchewan’s rural Qu’Appelle District to find independence and take possession of his farm—Eva’s farm. Now, in an effort to solve a legal misunderstanding, Tate faces a sacrifice and struggle of his own: to do what he thinks is right by Eva ... or what’s right for his heart.


Sweet and emotional. From the Dust is a heartwarming story. I enjoyed the plot and found myself rooting for the hero as much as the heroine. The story moved at a smooth pace and kept me turning the pages.

There are a few issues in the book with the writing. Ms. Kennie does her fair share of head-hopping and at times I found myself confused with who was talking. I also felt that Ms. Kennie could vary her choice of words from sentence to sentence more.

Overall, Ms. Kennie shows the potential to be a great storyteller. If you’re looking for a sweet romance not laden with sex and you don’t mind head-hopping, then you’ll want to give From the Dust a try.

I give this story three and a half hearts. Reviewed by Jasmine

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  1. Sounds like a really interesting premise!

  2. It was a very interesting premise. And I did enjoy that part of the story very much.