Saturday, September 29, 2018

Book Review - Fool's Notion by Lisa J. Flickinger


1883  California

Trail,  Kansas  Missouri  mules  were  the  best.  Alda  grew  to  love  the  creatures  working  side  by  side  with  her  pa  on  their  farm  along  the  banks  of  the  Missouri  River.  He  would  be  hopping  mad  when  he  realized  his  wife  and  daughter  colluded  behind  his  back  to  sell  a  pack  string.  It  wouldn’t  matter  that  they  were  trying  to  save  the  farm.

 Alda  struck  out  on  her  own  to  drive  the  team  over  fifteen  hundred  miles.  By  day  three,  her  lead  mule  Bessie  refused  to  take  one  more  step.  It  was  a  good  thing  the  handsome  cowboy  Cord  stopped  by  to  lend  a  hand  or  Alda  might  still  be  sitting  in  the  dust.

 Now,  Alda  needed  the  man  to  move  on  so  she  could  continue  her  journey.  Judging  by  the  spark  in  Cord’s  eye  ...  it  just  might  take  some  convincing.


Lisa  J.  Flickinger,  author  of  historical  novels  Fool’s  Notion,  Ella,  and  All  That  Glitters,  lives  and  writes  from  the  cliff  of  a  river  along  the  majestic  Rocky  Mountains.  When  not  writing  or  reading,  you  will  find  her  scouring  antique  shops  or  sipping  a  maple  latte  with  friends  and  family.  To  learn  more  about  her  visit  or  her  Facebook  author  page  Lisa  J.  Flickinger.


This is a sweet story about Alda who is trying to do the right thing for her family but she doesn't always go about it in the right way. She's a stubborn girl and wants to do things her way...hence, trouble seems to find her every step of the way.

Alda decides to drive a pack of mules 1500 miles to earn enough money to save the farm after her mother's death. Her father really isn't any help at all and I found myself thinking he needed to "man up" more than once! lol

Thankfully, she meets Cord, a bounty hunter, who makes it his mission to try and keep her out of trouble and help her as she goes on this mission. I thought he was a really great guy and I loved that he had so much concern and care for Alda.

This book is a journey across country but, more than that, it's a journey of faith. I really liked seeing Alda gain a strong faith and the growth we see in her as a result. I really enjoyed the romance of this story but also the twists and turns of the story line. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Celebrate Lit. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie

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