Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Above The Bridge by Deborah Garner

Above The Bridge by Deborah Garner
Published in the USA by Cranberry Cove Press in April 2012.

One of my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge reads

How I got this book:
Downloaded for free as part of a promotion

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Paige MacKenzie arrives in Jackson Hole, her only goal is to complete a simple newspaper assignment about the Old West. However, it's not long before her instincts tell her there's more than a basic story to be found in the popular, northwestern Wyoming mountain area. A chance encounter with attractive cowboy Jake Norris soon has Paige chasing a legend of buried treasure, passed down through generations.

From the torn edge of a water-damaged map to the mysterious glow of an antler arch, Paige will follow clues high into the mountainous terrain and deep into Jackson's history. Side-stepping a few shady characters who are also searching for the same hidden reward, she will have to decide who is trustworthy and who is not.

I read a later book in this series, Hutchins Creek Cache, as part of a blog tour in 2016, promptly bought this first in the series as a result and then forgot all about reading it until now. Oops! To be honest, I think if I had read Above The Bridge first I probably would not have continued further into the series though. The aspects I appreciated in the later book - such as the small town community vibe - aren't particularly in evidence yet because our intrepid journalist, Paige, believes she is only passing through the town so the connections she makes are more to do with extracting information from the locals rather than making friends. The romance hinted at in the synopsis is very understated and such a slow burn that I did wonder if they would ever even speak to each other!

There's an odd time-slip idea which I wish had actually been explained. Garner obviously did a lot of historical research at Jackson Hole because this novel is peppered with facts and figures. It was interesting for me to learn about white settlement in Wyoming in the early 1900s and the device of Paige seeing the early town at first hand was fun, although I wanted to know how and why this happened. I especially wanted to see how she explained her resulting knowledge to Jake and I thought this was glossed over too easily. The involvement of other more nefarious characters is also left as a mystery and not in a 'to be continued' kind of way. It just felt to me as though this had been overlooked. On the whole, Above The Bridge is an engaging light mystery which I did enjoy reading, but I felt too many aspects were left hanging for it to be truly satisfying.

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  1. Small town community vibes are such a great frame for stories. I love that slow burn romance kep you guessing! Come on people! Talk to each other! XD

    1. The vibe wasn't as strong in this first book, but I know it will become so!