Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Trials and Trails by Jim Halverson (Review and Giveaway!)

From time to time, I'm drawn to read a book with a Western setting. I love historical fiction, and that cover with two lonesome cowboys was appealing. This is a clean read. Check it out and enter the giveaway to win a copy.

Book Details:

Book Title: Trials and Trails by Jim Halverson
Category: Adult Fiction, 276 pages
Genre: Western, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Gail Force Publishing
Release date: January 2019
Tour dates: March 4 to 29, 2019
Content Rating: PG (The only "bad" word is the phrase "shit for brains" and it is used a single time. No sex scenes)

Book Description:

With a past of slavery and compliance, LeRoy has learned to pick his battles carefully. Johnny B, a quick-tempered Sioux, is still learning to control his anger. When dangerous circumstances bond them together, the pair learn to navigate Reconstruction Era America and all its prejudices. They save an innocent man from hanging, reunite two old friends, assist in an honorable death for an elder Indian, and discover their worth as they steadily assimilate self-respect into their lives.

From Jim Halverson’s debut novel comes a tale of adventure, purpose, and the pursuit of self-actualization. Cowboys and psychology ride hand in hand, traveling a journey from living life on the edge to finding a place of belonging, joy, vulnerability, and distinction. Through trials along their trails, LeRoy and Johnny B transform people they meet, brand the world a better place, and reap the benefits.

My Review:
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani

From time to time, I'm drawn to read a book with a Western setting. I love historical fiction, and that cover with two lonesome cowboys was appealing. It's a cover that suits the book well. Author Jim Halverson succeeds in creating a setting that came to life for me. From the clean clear skies and mountain ranges to the life on the trail with horses, cattle and a variety of characters, the story of two men, a black man and a Native American man, who forge a strong friendship as they encounter both prejudices and kindnesses, was a  pleasant read.

LeRoy and Johnny B begin a journey where life lessons are learned and adventure awaits. I liked both these characters. They had integrity and worked hard. Although there is action and adventure, this story is more of a slow build rather than a heart-pounding tale. I missed some of the tension I expected from this story probably because the writing style did not lend itself to it. I felt like I was being told a story rather than experiencing it through action and description. This made it slow reading at times for me.

Apart from this, Trials and Trails is a feel good book. Even in the face of hard times, the human spirit can conquer with the good by doing what is right. An enjoyable tale for those seeking a story filled with scenes of Western life and the restlessness of two men seeking a better life.

To read reviews, please follow the tour on Jim Halverson's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author:

Jim Halverson grew up in the rural, gold-mining town of Mokelumne Hill, CA and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. He spent part of his life on a ranch and is an avid student of psychology. He recognizes the struggles of all men and women seeking equality and respect. Jim and his wife, Gail, spend their time traveling from their small farm in Forestville, CA.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook

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  1. Historical fiction is one of my favorite types of books!
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  2. Beautiful cover and sounds like an interesting read!

  3. This Western Historical interests me greatly. The story sounds captivating and meaningful. Thanks.


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