Title: A Rocky Mountain Christmas
Author: William W. Johnstone & J. A. Johnstone
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
A Rocky Mountain Christmas is the latest in Johnstone’s writing repertoire, taking place during the Christmas holidays. Some of the characters from the previous book, A Lone Star Christmas, continue to develop in this story. Here, the story enlarges to include a corrupt judge and a rancher accused of murder being taken on a train to go to jail along with another convict.
Rebecca is now an older woman, but was 6 years old at the time of a train accident that would change her life forever. She was the daughter of a senator and his wife. Her parents were going to a speaking engagement when an avalanche changed every passenger’s plans. Rebecca is now being approached for an interview before her flight leaves. The only reason she agrees to participate in the interview is due to a delay in her flight. Her only condition for the interview is that she be allowed to tell her story without interruption. She begins by telling how she came to be on the train.
Luke had been a sailor until an inheritance changed all that. Matt is going to spend Christmas with people who have been like family to him. Jenny used to be a hostess on the Mississippi River when her life changed in more ways than she ever saw coming. Luke, Matt, and Jenny are on the same train that is stranded at the top of a mountain pass due to an avalanche begun by a single gunshot. Who made the mistake of not thinking before firing their weapon during a heavy snowstorm?
The use of flashback makes the novel really intriguing. I was so absorbed in the adventure I forgot about the flashback until the very end of the book! There are many stories going on at the same time, but not where it would make things too hard to follow for a reader. In fact, the more strands added, the deeper the plot.
There are a few curse words sprinkled over the course of the story, but not so much as to distract the reader or become the focus of the story. Sometimes when I read books, it seems like the author writes it with the intent to shock the reader by using foul language. One thing I appreciate about Johnstone’s novels is that isn’t the case at all. I believe storytellers can hone their art to such a fine point that they would actually be able to tell an excellent tale and not use any foul language.
The Seeking with all Yur Heart blog exists for two main reasons: First, it exists to help readers locate excellent novels that truly entertain without the “extra” stuff added. Second, it exists to encourage authors in writing tales that entertain readers without the use of negative modern day verbiage or sexual content in the book.