There is nothing like a good story well told. Desolation is one. Written with a light touch, it is an intimate picture of life in the American southwest in the late 19th century. The story spans multiple families over more than twenty years and depicts the harsh realities of the fading frontier.
Except for a few scattered typos which hardly merit a mention, everything was done well: well-developed characters, well-drawn settings, effective dialogue and a strong storyline. Although somewhat character driven, this is more a slice of Southwest Territory and time. Nice work Elizabeth Rose.
The only criticism this reviewer has is the author’s intent to revisit this chronicle over the next decade. This saga begs for a deeper exploration into the lives, the hardships, the tough decisions and the fragile happiness of the people of Painted Cliffs in one book. Otherwise, we will be offered a few intermittent appetizers when we deserve a complete meal at one sitting. We’re in cattle country. We want steak and potatoes and a full-bodied red wine and not a wait for stuffed mushrooms and pigs in a blanket.
Rarely does a reviewer suggest that more words are needed to tell a story, but in this case it is true. Triple the word count and create ten times the book. Please.