Someone to Share the Sunsets by Kathy Otten

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    On her way to Texas at the close of the Civil War, Allison Nordstrom stops at a farm to return to his only surviving brother, the personal effects of a prisoner she once nursed. But instead of a warm welcome, she is met by a drunken, embittered man with a loaded gun.

    Rosette
    19 Pages Sweet

    Excerpt:

    Bang! Allison Nordstrom shrieked as a chunk of dirt splattered into a cloud of red dust a few inches to the left of her right foot. She dove for the cover of the nearest bush, dropping her small satchel at the edge of the drive. Cautiously, she lifted her head and peered through the scraggly branches toward the porch of the farm house from which the shot originated.

    She could see him, sitting on the top step, Colt revolver in hand, a half-empty bottle of whiskey beside his left hip. Dark brown hair hung nearly to his shoulders. He hadn't shaved in days and wore the tattered gray pants of a confederate cavalry uniform.

    The white railing which had once charmed the front porch was gone. Only a few jagged spindles remained to jut from the weathered floorboards like stalagmites in a cave.

    When she'd asked directions in Mayville, people warned her not to come. Jackson Cameron was out of his head, mad as a hatter, gone off the deep end. Funny, Allie thought, he hadn't seemed so in his letters.

Reviews

Grade 
06/02/2010

Review

"In only 19 pages, Kathy Otten captivates the reader's deepest emotions as the bittersweet story unfolds with a promise of a better tomorrow. SOMEONE TO SHARE THE SUNSETS will make you weep, then give you reason to smile again. Anyone who has a yearning to read a meaningful and heartfelt story will be captivated by SOMEONE TO SHARE THE SUNSETS. I look forward to every adventure Ms. Otten writes."
Reviewed by Sal
Reviewer for Two Lips Reviews
Rated-5 Kisses and a Recommended Read

    Grade 
    09/29/2009

    Review

    Rating: 4 Stars
    Historical Romance Club
    Reviewer: Rosalynn Zamot

    ...a beautifully written rosette. The emotions are so raw and ever changing and you feel each character's mood with the flow of the story. I love historical romance and you feel the deep change of Civil War within the story from the emotional aspect of the characters. Kathy did a great job of bringing subtle humor in a dark time and not letting the darkness override the story. There is hope in shadows of the sunset and love in hues.

      Grade 
      07/23/2009

      Review

      This story fooled me. I started reading thinking it would be simple and sweet, but it turned into something much deeper. Well done, Ms. Otten! ~Skhye

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        Grade 
        07/31/2008

        Review

        Romantic and touching I was moved by the pain of Jackson wanting to know how his brother died. Allie showed she was strong and resilient heading all the way out there to meet a man she knew nothing about. I truly wish the story would have gone further so I could have read more about these two compelling characters. i will be looking for more from Kathy Otten.

        Reviewed by Krystal @Fallen Angel Reviews

          Grade 
          12/03/2007

          Review

          I read another review of Ms. Otten's story and knew I had to read it and I'm so glad I did. It was well worth the price of the download. This author has created an emotional experience in a short space that was incredibly well-written. I look forward to other works from Kathy Otten.

            Grade 
            09/26/2007

            Review

            This short story is set following the American Civil War and offers many fine details, from clothing to lifestyles. The dialogue is strong and engaging. There are wonderful and unexpected touches...that give a real sense of authenticity.

            The action is very surprising and unpredictable. This story is about greif and letting go, but it is also about the future, about hope, and about allowing memory of the good times to fill one's mind. This American historical offers us wonderful characters and a delightful window into the past.

            Reviewed by Snapdragon
            Long and Short Reviews Rated 3 Books

              Grade 
              09/18/2007

              Review

              ...this was a completely satisfying read that actually felt longer than its actual length, due to the amount of detail and characterization. The pacing was perfect, with not an ounce of flab anywhere in the story. It's easily one of the strongest short stories I've read in a long time.

              So many historical details come through in relatively few words, with the prose also serving to show the character's personalities.... The dialogue is lovely, and captures personality and emotion so well that Allie and Jackson leap from the page. The account of Beau's death...is well done and absolutely heartrending.

              SOMEONE TO SHARE THE SUNSETS is a little gem, and close to the perfect short story. I don't usually like Western romances but this was a beautiful read. Definitely a keeper.

              Reviewed by Singapore Sling
              Cocktail Reviews rated: one champagne bottle

                Grade 
                09/18/2007

                Review

                ...this was a completely satisfying read that actually felt longer than its actual length, due to the amount of detail and cahracterisation. The pacing was perfect, with not an ounce of flab anywhere in the story. It's easily one of thestrongest short stories I've read in a long time.

                So many historical details come through in relatively few words, with the prose also serving to show the character's personalities.... The dialogue is lovely, and captures personality and emotion so well that Allie and Jackson leap from the page. The account of Beau's death... is well done and absolutely heartrending. SOMEONE TO SHARE THE SUNSETS

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