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Saturday, May 4, 2024

Book Review: Corduroy by Ruth Comfort Mitchell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars (worth a read but not a reread) I don't normally read romances, other than the Regency variety, but because I'd picked this up on Project Gutenberg, I didn't know it was a romance--they can be chary of detail sometimes. By the time I'd figured that out, I was invested in the characters and the plot.

It's mostly set in California just after the First World War. Half Scottish and half Spanish, Ginger, practically born in the saddle, is the sole proprietor of a large cattle ranch. Dean is a proper Bostonian who is more into mental activities. They meet because he and Ginger's brother were buddies in the war and he was there when her brother died. Once he's partly recovered from his own wounds, he travels across the country to deliver her brother's last message.

Throw in the local Spanish rancher who's always planned to marry Ginger, Dean's lack of interest in the great outdoors and Ginger's lack of culture, and I'm sure you can see where this is going. But getting there is half the fun. If you enjoy romance in a western setting, it's worth a read.