Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GUEST REVIEW: RED HILL by Jamie McGuire




Title: Red Hill
Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Genres: NA, Romance, Post-Apocalyptic
Reviewed by: Ellen Fritz
Ellen’s rating: 5/5

SUMMARY

When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?




REVIEW

Red Hill is one of those books that I simply could not put down. As a normal day in the lives of Scarlet, Miranda and Nathan turn into the end of the world as they know it, they all head for what they believe would be safety. For Scarlet, as well as Miranda her sister, and their boyfriends, this means Red Hill ranch. For Nathan it means anywhere he can keep his daughter, Zoe, safe. In the end the fates of all these people entwine.

This book captivated me in a way few books do. Apart from the riveting action and heartbreaking tragedy, the romantic experiences of all the key characters are skillfully woven into the story. As zombie movies and literature are their only reference as to how to deal with a zombie apocalypse, it was interesting to see how they coped with the crisis. Said movies and literature could, however, never prepare them for the reality and true horror of such an outbreak.

The characters in this book are so realistic, they could be people that one meets in everyday life. From determined Scarlet and protective Nathan, to the extremely sensitive Ashley, and Miranda with her strong leadership qualities, these characters found a place in my heart. 

Scarlet, the typical mother, while fearing for her daughters, tries to believe that they will be safe, and protects all the young people fiercely. Nathan, also very protective, lives to see his daughter, Zoe, safe and contented; not an easy task as Zoe does not seem to be a normal child. Miranda is a born leader and takes charge even though she is the younger of the two Hayes girls. When Kevin, the child molester, arrives with a girl, all these people deal with him in an appropriate way. All the time they hope and, in some cases, believe that unexpected survivors will arrive.

A wonderful tale of fear and survival, loss and faith and, ultimately, love, I would recommend Red Hill as a must read. The tender hearted may, however, want to keep the Kleenex close by.




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ABOUT the AUTHOR


Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.


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