Friday, January 6, 2012

Review of Chasing Clovers by Kat Flannery - 5 stars

Author: Kat Flannery

Release date: 9th of October 2011
Published by: Imajin Books
Reading level: FICTION – Adult: Romance, Historical, Western
Source: Received from the author for reviewing

Summary from Goodreads:

Mail order bride, Livy Green, is desperate to escape the memories of her past. John Taylor will never love another woman again, but his children need a mother. Will they learn to trust each other, or will their pasts interfere?

Longing to escape the awful memories and the saloon she once sang in, Livy Green lies about her past so she can be a wife to John Taylor and mother to his two young children. Overwhelmed by the task, she struggles to put her resentment aside and love them as her own.

John loved his first wife and is still heartbroken over the loss, but he needs a mother for his children. When his distant and unfriendly mail order bride arrives, he begins to doubt his decision, though one glance into Livy's terrified green eyes tells him he can’t turn his back on her.

As Livy's past catches up with her and suspicious accidents begin to happen on the ranch, she is tempted to come clean and tell John the truth. But will he send her back if she does? Or will they forever be CHASING CLOVERS?

My review:

Chasing Clovers by Kat Flannery is a good historical western romance novel and I enjoyed reading it a lot. The story was good, characters well-written and it was easy to read. When I started reading it, I was fascinated, because I had not much knowledge about mail order brides in the past. I did not have to be disappointed; I thoroughly got a very good reading experience.

Regarding the plot:

John has lost his wife and needs a mother for his to children and decides to order a bride through mail order. When Livy arrives, she is terrified, for her it is new start in unknown place and with unknown obligations as a wife to be. Livy has no idea how to cook or how to manage a household or how to take care of the children, but this is expected from her. Luckily John gets the understanding quite quickly and organizes her a little help, so she can learn how to do all these things.

Besides the above, John feels attracted to Livy, but cannot understand why Livy is so hostile and cold. What he doesn’t know are the secrets what Livy has and what she tries to hide from John. The relationship is getting more complicated due to the fact that John has difficulties with letting go the past and Livy is desperately trying to not open herself. To add even extra spice to the story, strange and dangerous things start to happen around Livy and John – somebody tries to hurt Livy.

I liked how the author combined the romance and suspense together; it gave a lot extra to the romance between Livy and John.

Regarding the characters:

Before I go to the main characters I would love with supporting characters. I absolutely ADORED John’s children, especially Ben! He was so cute, he made me feel wanting to hug him constantly. The little boy had also a big importance in the book. Emily was also a sweet girl, needing a new mother badly.

Both Livy and John had several internal issues and conflicts they needed to solve and face. Livy needed to learn to open up and trust John and most of all get rid of the demons inside her. John was little arrogant and hurt in the beginning, but I loved his cockiness and the spark inside him.

I would say that Kat Flannery did an excellent job with the characters in the Chasing Clovers; even the less important characters had a meaning and role in the novel. I loved that!


Chasing Clover by Kat Flannery was a wonderful book! The settings seemed authentic, the story itself was captivating and the characters very lovable!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Thank you Kat for providing me with the book for reviewing.
Happy reading!


  1. this looks so good love hitorical fiction
    tnx 4 reviewing

  2. I like historical romances too and I have this one on my wish list. Those kids sound cute.

    Thanks for the review!