Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Book Review: "The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper" by Kathleen Y'Barbo

Product Description (from Amazon):
In 1880 America, socialite Eugenia Cooper's life is all mapped out, including a marriage to rich banker Chandler Dodd. But this lover or western dime novels longs for an adventure of her own. When the opportunity arises, she jumps a train to Denver, Colorado to pose as a governess for ten-year-old Charlotte Beck. What she discovers in Denver, however, can hardly be called a girl. The grubby thing not only wears britches and refuses to bathe, she stole Eugenia's pocketbook before Eugenia even left the train station.

Then she meets a handsome man at the local store and wonders if this western adventure won't have a little romance. What she didn't expect was that she would be thrust into a scandal that would not only ruin her good name, but that of Charlotte's father, Daniel Beck. What's a girl to do?

My overall feeling of the book:
While this wasn’t my favorite Kathleen Y’Barbo book, I did enjoy it.

My Favorite Character:
Charlie, aka, Charlotte. The daughter of the hero even if she is a bit precocious.

My Favorite Scene:
My favorite scene is in the general store when Eugenia and Daniel first meet and flirt.

It Would Have Been Better If:
I just wanted to get deeper into the book than I was able to.

I would recommend this book to:
All us girls who long for a “Wild West Adventure”.

7/10. Good

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  1. Great Interview!!

    I have an update on amden on arise 2 write. Thank you for your prayers,

  2. Great review. I enjoyed how you did it.


  3. I had a problem getting into the book, too, Coletta. You were very generous in your 7/10 star rating...I only gave it 2/5. My biggest problem with the book was that it took the two main characters at least 100 pages before they formally met one another.

    I do plan to try another one of her books eventually just so my opinion of her writing style is not based solely on this one book. Any recommendations?


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