Monday, March 1, 2010

Book Review: Counting the Cost by Liz Adair

Counting the Cost by Liz Adair captures the essence of love: not always practical, often destructive, but present and undeniable nevertheless.

The fast-moving story takes place in 1930s New Mexico. When eastern society lady Ruth Reynolds moves onto a ranch where cowboy Heck Benham works, sparks instantly fly. There is a big problem though--Ruth is married and Heck is as honorable as he is hard-working.

Fate draws them together, but not without pain and heart-wrenching sacrifice and challenges. Yet, their love shines through at every turn, though the cost is perhaps more than anyone would bargain for.

Adair does a magnificent job of describing the New Mexico setting–its rugged people and stark countryside at a time when nothing came easy. A New Mexico native, she paints the story with meticulous detail and historical accuracy to the ranching and social norms of the era.

Counting the Cost is available through Inglestone Publishing Bookstore, the author’s website,or


Liz said...

Thanks, Mary, for your review. You did such a good job of describing the book in a nutshell, I think I should ask permission to use some of it in my 'elevator speech' about the book.

Heidiwriter said...

Good review, Mary. And Liz, I too loved the book!

Linda Sandifer said...

This sounds like one I would enjoy. I'm going to put it on my Amazon wish list.