Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Measure of Katie Calloway



Her heart seeks sanctuary in the deep woods. But will trouble find her even here?

The Civil War has ended, but in Katie Calloway's Georgia home, conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her violent and unstable husband, she flees north, finding anonymity and sanctuary as the cook in a north woods lumber camp. The camp owner, Robert Foster, wonders if the lovely woman he's hired has the grit to survive the never-ending work and harsh conditions of a remote pine forest in winter. Katie wonders if she can keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love.

With grace and skill, Serena Miller brings to life a bygone era. From the ethereal, snowy forest and the rowdy shanty boys to the warm cookstove and mouth-watering apple pie, every detail is perfectly rendered, transporting you to a time of danger and romance.

My Review:
Utterly captivating! Miller has gone to great effort to get her historical facts right and it certainly shows in this sweeping saga. I loved the unique setting and the author used it to the best advantage in this gripping plot. Miller's vivid details made each scene jump off the page and it was very easy to lose myself in the wealth of this story. In fact, I was very reluctant to give it up when I reached the conclusion.
Stunning passages, endearing characters and a stellar plot will engage any reader's emotions. Katie's struggles with an abusive past are particularly poignant and just when everything seems hopeless...well...Miller doesn't leave it there. She crafted an incredible, page-turning conclusion that left me breathless. This one should definitely have a place on your Keeper shelf.
Giveaway Opportunity:
If you would like to win a copy of The Measure of Katie Calloway, please leave a comment below. Or you can email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Please include the title in the subject line. Offer open internationally. Draw and winner announced on Sunday October 16. Good luck!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. I would love to read how a Georgian can survive the North woods. Hot to freezing! Please enter me. Thank you.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. "Leaves you breathless"? High Praise indeed, I'd love to win it, if not it's waiting in my Amazon wishlist for when I have to fill in my basket for free shipping--I love that excuse for buying books. :)

    rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  3. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This sounds like an amazing book I would love to win this. Thanks again.


  4. thanks for the opportunity to read this wonderful novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  5. Ohhhhhhhhhhh LOVE the Civil War time period :D And I agree with Melissa, awesome review! You did give it very high praises. Guess we know it's fantastic!!
    Thanks again,

  6. Please put my name in the drawing...sounds like a good one!!

  7. Sounds like another great historical! Please enter me. Thanks :)

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

  8. There is something about a story set in a rugged lumber camp that always grabs me and this one sounds really good with the added drama of running for safety and finding much more. Add me, Kav! :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  9. Good luck everyone! This is such a good book I wish I could send a copy to y'all!!!!!

  10. This sounds like another wonderful read. Love it when a author brings the scene and story to life for you and makes it easy to visualise just what it would be like. I have yet to read a book by Serena but just looked up her website and see that for the first time she has written a sequel. The sequel to this book is called The Endurance of Ingrid Larsen and that sounds like it will also be an enjoyable read.

    Please enter my name in the draw for this book.

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

    Many thanks.

  11. My google account wouldn't let me enter in this type of format, so I had to go off, click on to google chrome, search Bestreads and type in comment. Whew! Now don't I deserve to win? LOL! I don't think the others would agree.

    I would love to win this, sounds wonderful and the cover is lovely! Thank you, Kav for the opportunity!


  12. Good luck, Shaz. Thanks for letting me know there'll be a sequel. I'll look forward to reading it.

  13. LOL -- you get brownie points for persevering, Diana. May luck persevere in your favour as well!

  14. The book sounds like a fantastic read! I'd love to win.