Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Ride the Wind

Okay so for book club this month we are reading Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson. On Lucia St. Clair Robson website it is described as This is the story of Cynthia Ann Parker's life after she was captured during the Comanche raid on her family's fort. It earned The Western Writers' Golden Spur Award for best historical western in 1982. It also made the NY Times and Washington Post best seller lists that year. In its 24th printing. it is still popular today. Ride the Wind has garnered more than 100 5-star reviews on Amazon!
On the blog the book group uses Hannah who picked this months book posted a the following picture of the book cover...
I have to admit I did coment on the blog how rediculous I thought the cover was ~but I didn't want to judge the book by the cover. Also at our last book club Hannah said the tittle and described the book a bit by saying that it took place in Texas and that there was a kidnapping and some Indians ~and I wasn't really paying attention beyond that I think was talking to someone about the food ~which is my favorite part of book club.

Okay this last weekend I decided I would go to the library and get the book because I didn't have a lot going on and I thought this would be a good opportunity to get started on the book. I typed in the tittle on the library search option and went right to where it was to be found in the romance section of the library ~odd I thought but I had never been over there and didn't really take note of what was there. I grabbed the book and the only thought that went through my head was that they had updated the ridiculous cover that Hannah had posted with an even more ridiculous cover. Here is what the book I grabbed at the library looked like...

Okay so as I said I didn't want to judge the book by the cover and clearly I didn't pay any attention to who the author of the book was suppose to be.
So this weekend I read the book with this synopsis found on the Leisure Historical Romance website that published this fine literature It is a race against time. In a desperate bid to rescue his best friend's bride-to-be, Reese Starrett thunders across the dusty plains, praying for a miracle. Because it will take a miracle to save the beautiful and pampered Saber Vincente from death, or worse, at the hands of her kidnappers. Dealing with a lowdown snake like Graham Felton, Reese expects hardship, expects bloodshed. The only thing he doesn't expect is to fall in love with the innocent girl entrusted to his care. But beneath the endless, starry Texas skies her sweet warmth beckons him, her soft lips smile an inescapable seduction, and he knows that no matter what the consequences, together they must...ride the wind.
It was a rather mild trashy novel and the whole time I am reading it two things kept crossing my mind ~odd that this is one of Hannah's favorite books and she admits it and ~this is going to be quite the discussion at book group. It never crossed my mind that it was the wrong book ~you see it takes place in Texas, the main girl gets kidnapped in the first chapter, they run into some Comanche Indians and it is historical ~hello it is published by a group with historical in the tittle.
Okay this book was a really quick read so I called Diana up from the book club and told her I would drop it by her house on Monday night so she could read it to without the hassle of having to run to the library to pick it up.
Luckly I went to dinner that night with Lori & Kelly and we talked about the book where I discovered I read the wrong book ~LoKell couldn't believe that I never once questioned the fact that we were reading a romance novel for book club. After a good laugh ~hell I am still laughing about it. I called Diana up and let her know I would not be dropping the book by.
I took it back to the library and then found out they don't have the Lucia St. Clair Robson version of Ride the Wind so when I got home I ordered it from half.com ~and this time did the search by author.

11 comments:

boisegrammy said...

I laughed again when I read the blog. Hey, it never hurts to have a little vicarious romance in your life. It just isn't usually what a book club reads. Hope the right book is good.

Hannah said...

ANN!!!

I could pee my pants I am laughing so hard. Oh I can't wait to hear you re-tell this in a couple weeks.

I find it completely hilarious that you only mildly questioned this alternate title as being one of my favorite books. AND that you finished it...HAHAHA. Love.It.

Orange said...

AHhhhh! I have been having contractions every few minutes since I read this because I was laughing so hard. That was hilarious.

Lucy van Pelt said...

I'm still laughing about this since you called and told me about it. Hysterical! I could totally see myself doing the same thing though, and the topic was close enough to believe.

Kara said...

Too funny!!!

Erin said...

hahahahahahahaha....this is SO funny. After you finish reading the other Ride the Wind I think you should report on which book you preferred.

Kelly said...

Three days later it IS still funny . . .

Julia said...

Hilarious! I can't stop laughing

Robyn said...

Lori told me about it and I thought it was hilarious since I had seen that book on Amazon and laughed my head off. So funny that you actually read it! I think you should come prepared to next month's BC with a review of that book too. It would be entertaining!

Jam said...

Hey I did a similar thing. A book that Jeff had read in his childhood is out of print and titled "the Silver Nutmeg". I decided to find a copy for him as a Birthday present. Imagine my joy when said title was on sale for under $10 on ebay (no photo was available, but OF COURSE it didn't cross my mind it may not be the right book.) I ordered it. When it came it was in NO way a children's book , but a bless-ed romance novel. I was embarrassed and didn't read it. We have a woodstove--the paperback kept the fire going for awhile....

B said...

HAhahahahah! I am rolling Ann! This is absolutely hilarious! Sooo....which one did you like better, hm?