Friday, August 28, 2009

The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper

The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper
by Kathleen Y'Barbo
Random House, Inc / 2009 / Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
ISBN-13: 9780307444745

Summary for The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper

The future is clearly mapped out for New York socialite Eugenia “Gennie” Cooper, but she secretly longs to slip into the boots of her favorite dime-novel heroine and experience just one adventure before settling down. When the opportunity arises, Gennie jumps at the chance to experience the Wild West, but her plans go awry when she is drawn into the lives of silver baron Daniel Beck and his daughter and finds herself caring for them more than is prudent–especially as she’s supposed to go back to New York and marry another man.

As Gennie adapts to the rough-and-tumble world of 1880s Colorado, she must decide whether her future lies with the enigmatic Daniel Beck or back home with the life planned for her since birth. The question is whether Daniel’s past–and disgruntled miners bent on revenge–will take that choice away from her.


My Review

I'd like to thank Ashley at Multnomah Books, a division of Random House for hosting the Back-To-School Fiction blog tour and for providing me with the 3 books to review. If you'd like the opportunity to review books you can contact them at: http://www.randomhouse.com/waterbrook/bloggingforbooks/. Let them know Mimi from Woven by Words sent you. :)

This was a delightful story. I liked the cover of the book, although the girl on it looks like she's 14 instead of a young lady. Gennie was such a fun character to read in this book. She wants a Wild West adventure, but has no idea what she's doing. That alone sets her up for adventure.

Daniel is a loving father to Charlotte, who is more than a handful and Daniel has no idea the extent with which she has been naughty. Gennie's introduction to "Charlie" is less than stellar and sets them up for a rough start. Gennie sees that Daniel's lengthy absences has been a detriment to Charlotte and sends him a letter letting him know what she thinks.

When Daniel and Gennie finally meet, it's my favorite part of the book and I actually laughed out loud. The situations they continue to find themselves in are humorous and adventurous.

*SPOILER* A couple items that kind of stuck in my mind. I never understood why Daniel had his brother's daughter, Charlotte. Did I miss that part in the story? Why didn't Edwin keep her? Why did he send her to America? Why did Daniel steal his brother's girlfriend?

Then there was a phrase that kept being repeated, "By degrees..." I know it's totally trivial, but it started bugging me. Since it's not a way we talk in this day and age, for it to be used more than a few times was too much. An example in this story, "By degrees, she became aware of the fact that if Charlotte were here, likely so was her father."

The rest of the story was a delight. Those thoughts of mine didn't have much affect on my enjoyment of the book. If you'd like to check this book out, you can visit Randomhouse.com or click: The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper

About the Author

Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than thirty novels, novellas, and young adult books, with more than a half-million in print. A graduate of Texas A&M University, she is currently a publicist with Books & Such literary agency.

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