Sunday, April 5, 2015
Review: Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Immediately, this book just launched into the action. The beginning was fast paced and quickly brought us through the events leading up to their adventure down the trail. Thank goodness for that, because the Oregon Trail is already long and slow enough, am I right folks? Although it was a tad too fast... Anyway, as the girls start their journey to California, we start to see more of their personailities unfold.
Annamae or "Andy" is blunt, confident while cautious, and seems much more wise than her years. She's the level headed one, even in a pinch. Samantha or "Sammy" is disoriented for most of the book. She's never faced hardship like this before and feels very self conscious and alone. What I like is that she never throws in the towel and that all her feelings are justified, not whiny. The girls, at first unsure of one another, eventually form a close friendship after having and supporting only the other.
The cowboys were very charming and funny and added a ton of happy lightheartedness. The romance is well done in my opinion. It starts slowly and is given time to grow on you. Granted, this is the 1850s and they're pretending to be guys. Some of the events at the end were very predictable, but heartbreaking all the same.
So I might be a little biased since I love historical fiction, but I really enjoyed this book. It's a really sweet tale of friendship, love, and self-discovery that I think anyone will love. Also, it's rare that I see a book taking place on the Oregon Trail, so props to you Stacey!