Out of Embers was a cute book!
When I first started reading it, I was not drawn in. In fact if I didn’t have to review it I probably would not have picked it up again. How awful it was for Evelyn to lose the entire orphanage. However, because I did have to review it, and I wanted to give it a fair second chance, I picked it up again. I can say I was not disappointed.
The writing style, after the first couple of chapters, was light and easy to read, as it will be with most books. I appreciated the POV changes more than I usually do, even though they never really bother me unless there are too many of them.
Evelyn following her dream was so cool! I love seeing how it played out and how satisfyingly slow we got to learn about her past and who she was and how she grew up with Mrs. Folger and her manipulation being so well kept under wraps only Wyatt could have seen it.
Wyatt’s horsemanship was beautiful, and his journey from wanting to escape to realizing what he needed made my heart happy.
And then Polly! Polly herself never had me wrapped around her fingers. She felt like she was written as a cliche little girl. And I don’t mean offense to the author, but I work with little girls all the time. They have their personalities and their habits and their quirks that make you smile. Polly didn’t have any of that. I feel like she was undersold. She had so much potential and she was simply put into the plot to complicate things. That’s not saying I didn’t appreciate it. Even though she as a character was not the best developed and conveyed, her place in the story was good and kept me reading.
All in all, I do recommend this book to readers who like a bit of historical fiction suspense. It was fun. And the sweet, slow, clean romantic aspect was a warm thread too. Then again, it felt repeated that neither Wyatt nor Evelyn wanted a partner over and over, until it was time in the story for them to start falling for each other.
Summarizing, I can say, nothing in this book was perfect, but it was well done and definitely good enough. I’m keeping this one on my shelf for the next while.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review! A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own. Thank you Revell Reads!
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