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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Book Blitz: In Your Arms by Merry Farmer (REVIEW)

In Your Arms by Merry Farmer

Buried Under Romance is pleased to host the release day blitz for Merry Farmer's Western Historical, In Your Arms!

**Merry Farmer is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of In Your Arms for a random commenter via Rafflecopter. International open!**

About In Your Arms
In Your Arms Merry Farmer
Lily Singer has never belonged. Taken from her tribe as a child and raised in a white man’s school, she no longer has a place in either world. Teaching has become her life. When that life is threatened by rumors and prejudice after a string of robberies, she must turn for help to the one man who spells disaster for her carefully ordered existence. Will he save her or steal her heart?

Christian Avery, Justice of the Peace, is used to having things his way. Cold Springs is his responsibility, and when its citizens blame the local Indian population for the mysterious robberies, it’s up to him to restore order and maintain calm. The one person who refuses to follow his lead is the beautiful, native-born Lily. Her defiance turns his life upside down.

But when town gossip shifts from robberies to romance after a foolish indiscretion, Lily’s job and reputation are on the line. She must choose between the only life she has ever known and the only place she has ever felt at home, in Christian’s arms.

Review: 
In a book that intelligently tackles racial tensions of post-Civil War era, Merry Farmer has penned a highly engaging romance between two fiery-spirited individuals who, in spite of their temperament and position, came to need each other in their lives. 

Living in Montana, still a relatively rugged land in the late 1800s, Lily Singer was that odd ball of a person. Taken from her bride at a young age, her upbringing at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School ensured that she would be brought up as a white person. But she is also Singing Bird to the Indians, whose culture she tries at first to reject, as it would allow her an easier life as a schoolteacher. For Lily though, she has always been a lost soul, at once belonging to either ethnicity yet separate from both. Her sole comfort in life is to teach, but when prejudice among the town's influential wants to ban Indian children from going to school, claiming they were savages, Lily's indignation caused her to rise up to the challenge and wager that the Indian children are just as smart as white children. However, distraction is abound as Lily has to not only coach her team of ethnically mixed students to win at the Academic Games, clear the names of innocent Indians who had been accused theft and robber, and avoid succumbing to the seduction of handsome Christian Avery, whose very job puts her reputation at risk.

Christian Avery fell first in lust, then in love, with Lily. A member of the prestigious Baltimore Averys, he came out to the wilds of Montana on his own to be a lawman. His responsibility is vast, duties immense, which just means he has no time to be distracted by a schoolteacher who's bent on challenging his law. The problem? He likes her a bit more each time he sees her. To him, Lily is his spirited virago whose sense of equality and justice matches his own; to some of the other townspeople, Lily is an Indian who is not fit to be a teacher. Even as he tries to hunt down the real miscreants that are stirring up the town, his true obstacle was in convincing Lily the truth of his affections, and to take a chance with him. In a way, this book can be alternatively titled Christian's Seduction, and it takes Lily a long time to succumb.

The relationship between Lily and Christian is truly a battle of wills. Both are fierce, stubborn, and firm on their own beliefs. From the outset, the two were antagonistic. But as they spend more time together, both realize that the other's views are simply their own but from a different perspective. The grudging friendship between them was slow and realistic, eventually building up to passionate love. Together, they sizzled, but apart, they were each very unique. Undoubtedly Lily is the more complex of the two, given her search for cultural identity throughout the book, as well as someone with whom to claim kin. The image of Christian as an unyielding, firm presence is the perfect counterpart for Lily's emotional instability, and he wears the shining armor quite well. Amongst all these, however, the winning point of this book is not its fantastic characters but the abundance of historical details within the story; from the tensions between whites and Indians of the late 1800s, when just some years year white settlers were disputing with Indians over much of the western frontier, to the strict social mores of the Victorian era, it is obvious that Merry Farmer had done her research in writing this book. As a history lover, I highly recommend this book to all fans of historical romance, to learn a bit of the Wild West without the outlaws but with contemporary issues and captivating characters.

*Review copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review; "Indian" here is used to mean "Native American/American Indian"

About Merry Farmer

Merry Farmer
Merry Farmer is an award-winning author of Historical Romance and what she likes to call “Sci-Fi for Women.” She lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats and enough story ideas to keep her writing until she’s 132. Her second novel, The Faithful Heart, was a 2102 RONE Award finalist and her unpublished futuristic novelA Man’s World won first place in the Novel: Character category at the 2013 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. She is out to prove that you can make a living as a self-published author and to help others to do the same.

Find Merry Farmer on her websiteFacebookTwitter, and Amazon Author Page.

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17 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed reading this book! :)

    Why do I love romance? I don't really know. There's something magical in love, I think. ^_^

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  2. Woohoo!!! This sounds like a lovely read! Why I love romance? I love reading the journey to get to the HEA~ All the turmoil and objection of the emotions, the humor, romance, and swoon worthy admission of love~ It's all fabulous.

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    1. Very good reason for loving romance, Ki!

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  3. Wow, this looks like awesome! I love romance because of all the swoon-worthy heroes and heroines in it!

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    1. I highly recommend you get the book, Helen :)

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  4. Great review, Mary! I'm definitely curious about the book. ^_^

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    1. Oh, and I love romance because it leads to love and that's what makes the world go round. ;-)

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    2. Thanks, Tin! No wonder your blog is called Love Saves the World :)

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    1. Thanks, Ermione! ;) hope your day is going well

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  6. What a fantastic review, Mary! Thank you so much for hosting Merry--I hope you'll consider hosting for us again in the future!

    -Anne Chaconas, Badass Markerting

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    1. Thanks, Anne! :) I hope to host for Badass Marketing in the future too.

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  7. Great review as always Mary! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Punya :) I'm looking forward to your blitz stop ^^

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  8. I love romance because of the promise of the HEA and hope.

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  9. I used to love Western historicals (still do) but they seemed to go out of style, so glad they're making a comeback. I can't wait to read this one :)

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