Monday, 8 July 2019

Fern by Kat Flannery + #Giveaway

Fern (The Montgomery Sisters Book 1) by Kat Flannery

One of my 2019 COYER Summer Challenge reads

Category: Historical western romance, 182 pages
Genre: Adult Fiction
Publisher: Picco Press
Release date: April 4, 2018
Tour dates: July 1-31, 2019
Content Rating: PG + M (The occasional swear word, not the F-word, mild violence)

Can one woman heal the heart of a lawman? A gardener who uses plants to heal, Fern Montgomery is an outcast who refuses to be pushed out of town. When her friend is murdered and all fingers point to Fern as the only suspect, she must find a way to prove her innocence while fighting off unwanted feelings for the sheriff. Sheriff Gabe Bennett has his mind set on arresting Sarah Fuller’s killer. But his key suspect isn’t what he expected. He soon realizes there is more to the quiet gardener than he’d first anticipated. As passion blooms, Gabe is forced to face his feelings—and the woman who has stolen his heart.

The first of Kat Flannery's historical western trilogy focuses on an episode in the life of the eldest Montgomery sister, Fern. The three sisters live independently together on the outskirts of a small Wyoming town, Manchester, and get by on the little Fern can earn through the sale of herbal remedies which she grows in her garden. I liked that Fern is a strongly self sufficient woman, but that she also harbours the occasional chauvinistic view such being upset by her younger sister's insistence on wearing trousers. This flaw added depth to her character.

Fern is only a relatively short book so the mystery of who murdered Fern's friend, Sarah, was wrapped up quite swiftly, albeit still with enough twists and turn to keep my attention. The potential for romance between Fern and the town's new Sheriff, Gabe, is nicely portrayed and feels believable. As this is a clean romance series, there is a good sense of their increasing awareness of each other. I prefer this setup to instantly physical relationship scenarios so was happy although other readers might find it too chaste. I'm not sure as to the plausibility of some of Fern's herbal solutions, but her enthusiasm for her garden and confidence in her knowledge felt authentic and I could easily believe in the male jealousy that her skills engendered. Sexism is a strong theme of this series!

Fern is quick read and an entertaining novella. In fact I enjoyed getting to meet Fern and her sisters in this story so much that I went straight on to read the second book about Poppy!

To read more reviews, please visit Kat Flannery's page on iRead Book Tours.

Meet the Author: 

Kat Flannery’s love of history shows in her novels. She is an avid reader of historical, suspense, paranormal, and romance. A member of many writing groups including the National Romance Writers of America (RWA), Kat enjoys promoting other authors on her blog. When she’s not busy writing or marketing Kat volunteers her time to other aspiring authors. She’s been published in numerous periodicals throughout her career and continues to write for blogs and online magazines. A bestselling author, Kat’s books are available all over the world. The BRANDED TRILOGY is Kat’s award-winning series. With seven books published, Kat continues to write two novels a year.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

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  1. Great review! Sounds like a wonderful read for a lazy summer afternoon.

  2. Thank you for the awesome review of FERN! I hope you like POPPY's story just as much! :)

  3. This sounds like a perfect read for my holiday! Xx

  4. Sounds like a really great book to read and with all this heat right now its the best time to stay in a read a book

  5. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing with us x

  6. The cover is beautiful! :)

  7. I love to read would love to read and review this book

  8. i want to read this book and i enjoy a great historical fiction

  9. A beautiful read - one for my bookshelf

  10. It sounds like a really good read. I like mysteries like this.

  11. Love the sound of this! Amazing giveaway