In the preface for “Under the Desert Sky”, the author, Sarah Luck, tells us the story of how she came up with the idea for this book. I am a little sad to say that, for me, that is one of the more interesting parts of the story. While reading the book, it felt sort of hum-drum. It was alright, the storyline was fine, but I never found a real connection to it. However, this is also not the type of book I normally read. I decided to take a chance and see if I would like it.
My favorite part of the entire story was when Christian and Phoebe went for their overnight getaway on Halloween. The reason for this is that the reader receives a bit of a history lesson on Celtic traditions for Samhain. It made for an interesting couple of pages but it almost didn't seem to fit in with the rest of the tale.
One thing I couldn't seem to stop thinking about when an important part happened near the end was, why didn't Phoebe get the Sheriff involved? Not only that but if I were in the situation, there's no way I could just go home and wait for something to happen. I would be searching until I couldn't stand. Then, when the place is revealed where they should have looked, I wondered why they didn't think to look there before? So I was left with some confusion. Nonetheless, it all works out in the end.
If this is the kind of book you think you would like, then by all means, give it a shot. It wasn't my cup of tea, but at the same time it also wasn't that bad.
Sara Luck is known for her “well-developed characters, accurate historical settings, and hot naked men” (RT Book Reviews), and Under the Desert Sky does not disappoint! Fans will love this story of a widowed frontierswoman and the ranch hand who might be all that stands between her and ruin.
Phoebe Sloan isn’t afraid of hard work—she couldn’t have survived on the Arizona frontier if she were. But ever since her husband was killed in a ranch accident, she’s struggled to make ends meet and preserve her young son’s birthright. Her last gamble was to start raising ostriches—the plumes are prized by fashionable city ladies—and it could work, but someone’s determined to sabotage her efforts.
Enter Christian de Wet, a South African importer who finds himself drawn to the fragile but determined Phoebe. He begins helping her around the ranch as a kindness, but the two quickly find that the heat rising between them has nothing to do with the Arizona desert! When the saboteur finds a way to endanger not just the ranch, but Phoebe’s family, will she have to forsake her happiness to save her son?