The Well by Ginger Simpson

WELL
The Well by Ginger Simpson
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Historical
Length: Short Story (140 pgs)
Heat: Sweet
Rated 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon

Harlee Wagner never expected to fall into a well, let alone be led on such an adventure by the event. In fact, she expected to die when her calls for help went unanswered…but a thirsty visitor in search of property became her saving grace and a willing guide.

Ginger Simpson’s blend of mystery and romance brings us to Oklahoma in 1894. The well is running dry: Our story opens with main character Harlee already desperately worried about the drought, and about what her family will do next.

Simpson sets the scene beautifully: we readers can easily see the tumbleweed, the shrinking lake and the dry, parched land. Throughout, visuals give us a wonderful picture. In fact, descriptions of people are also quite well done, although I wish their characters came to light more clearly.

Handsome Logan arrives in time to help her out of a predicament but pretty much lands her in the next. The rotten character shines right on through with no trouble! The good guys remain less clear. At times, we are told Harlee’s thoughts and concerns, instead of being shown them, and conversations sometimes seem stilted and unrealistic.

Handsome Logan and her family fill Harlee’s thoughts and keep readers wondering, both about what happened, as well as what will happen.

Fans of western historicals might well enjoy The Well.

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