Sweetwater

Sweetwater By Lisa Henry, Sweetwater Wyoming Territory Elijah Carter is afflicted Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he s deaf but that s not his only problem Something in Elijah runs contrar
  • Title: Sweetwater
  • Author: Lisa Henry
  • ISBN: 9781626491502
  • Page: 257
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  • Sweetwater By Lisa Henry, Wyoming Territory, 1870.Elijah Carter is afflicted Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he s deaf, but that s not his only problem Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden.Harlan Crane, owner of the Empire saloon, knows Elijah for what he is and for all the ungodlyWyoming Territory, 1870.Elijah Carter is afflicted Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton because he s deaf, but that s not his only problem Something in Elijah runs contrary to nature and to God Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden.Harlan Crane, owner of the Empire saloon, knows Elijah for what he is and for all the ungodly things he wants But Crane isn t the only one Grady Mullins desires Elijah too, but unlike Crane, he refuses to push the kid.When violence shatters Elijah s world, he is caught between two very different men and two devastating urges revenge, and despair In a boomtown teetering on the edge of a bust, Elijah must face what it means to be a man in control of his own destiny, and choose a course that might end his life or truly begin it for the very first time Publisher s note This title contains dubious consent.
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    1. Lisa Henry

      I like to tell stories Mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters They gotta work for it though No free lunches on my watch.

    318 thoughts on “Sweetwater”

    1. I have only one thing to say about this book It s something I ve seen other reviewers say but I ve never felt cool enough to pull it off But whatever I m gonna say it Ready OkayG, THE FEELZ.I love this book I love the writing I love the portrayal of a 19th century boomtown I love that it s clear Lisa Henry did her research I love the melancholic tone I love that they are no true heroes in this book I love that although there are a few men in this book that you may define as really bad guys, none [...]


    2. THIS IS A SPOILERISH REVIEW Sweetwater is not a pleasant read, not AT ALL The world Lisa Henry has created is a brutal place full of pain, anger and, worst of all, self loathing I found the atmosphere of the book oppressive at points.Elijah is a hearing impaired young man who lives with his adopted father, a physician, in an Old West town Elijah s disability has made him an outcast and given him a bleak outlook He feels that he is a burden to the doctor and a poor replacement for the doctor s wi [...]


    3. Sometimes I like to step outside of my comfort zone Sweetwater is the result of that I read a lot of research books for this I learned a lot, but probably not enough It s a period of history and a part of the world I was not very familiar with My grateful thanks to everyone I pestered with questions Your help was invaluable I take responsibility for any remaining historical inaccuracies Although I really hope there aren t any If you read Sweetwater, I hope you like it And if you ve got any quest [...]


    4. I know what to say with this review but don t know how.I ve had a long story with deaf characters in books Most of the times I feel I m reading sci fi books instead of historical or contemporary, because they are truly idilic I want a honest perspective of what deafness really entails and I ve reached a point where I open those books with a distrustful look instead of an excited one One after another I ended up upset or laughing like a madwoman because the story didn t deserve than that For tho [...]


    5. DNF at 50% and no rating Okay, this book was just not for me I ADORE Lisa Henry, but some books tweak the right buttons and some don t I know I could have pushed myself to finish, but I wasn t really enjoying it so I decided against it.It wasn t that this book was so disturbing, though it had it s very dark moments, but I found it to be such a downer story I kept reading with a feeling of dread, like something bad was going to happen around every corner Though Bliss and When All the World Sleeps [...]


    6. I m going to be the 4,000th person to say, I don t usually read historicals but If it was by Lisa Henry I d read a cereal box.


    7. ARC courtesy of Riptide Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review In Wyoming, 1870We are presented with the story of a broken boy This book is a western journey through the hurt of a boy who thinks he is always an outsider , always seen himself as a burden, his self esteem is awful until he meets Crane, because of his disability he lost all the confidence, and people think he is stupid, but al he wants his someone who sees him Grady and Crane could not be different but they had [...]


    8. Grit, and bear it.Western devotees will be pleased with this one The sense of place is perfect you can taste the dust in your mouth and the crap whiskey burning it s way through Just like the settlers here, you ve got to fight to get that ending No free lunch here You gotta want it and be willing to suffer for it.Elijah is a wonderful MC At a time when a physical impairment was a severe disadvantage he does the best he can, but life is not easy and honestly, it can be downright cruel He takes wh [...]


    9. The nuances of this 1870 s historical romance are unusual in the M M I ve read so far Elijah Carter is a troubled young man, haunted by both his losses and by the unnatural desires he finds it harder and harder to fight He s an orphan, partially deafened by the scarlet fever that killed the rest of his family The doctor who adopted him is a good man, but also a sad man, still grieving the loss of his own wife and daughter years ago Elijah is painfully certain that his own deafness and the disdai [...]


    10. 4.5 stars Elijah is a lonely and isolated young man in Sweetwater, Wyoming, 1870 Scarlet Fever left him an orphan and partially deaf People in town believe being deaf means being slow and so they treat him as such Elijah would rather talk to people as little as possible than to be made fun of for his speech He also feels like he s a poor substitute for the family his adopted father lost before taking him in This all leaves Elijah feeling like he doesn t belong, like he ll always be apart.What El [...]


    11. Wyoming 1870 what was I expecting to read and was it there Cowboys yes Saloons yes Wagon trains yes Gold miners yes Shooting yes Rustlers yes Sherriffs yes Native Americans mentioned, so yes So all the ingredients are there for a great western So what wasn t I expecting Elijah I mean Elijah OMG, Elijah From the very first chapter Elijah totally stole my heart Sweet, bullied, kind hearted, hurting, good natured Elijah I wanted to hold him, hug him, comfort him, adopt him, hold his hand I had to m [...]


    12. Sweetwater is not a light read or a traditional romance It s gritty and painful to read at times And like all other books I ve read so far by Lisa Henry, it tells a story I won t be able to forget any time soon The book is written in two POVs Elijah and Grady s but there s a third character that is just as important Crane I loved Elijah s voice I could see how lonely and claustrophobic his world was, I understood all his fears and why he thought he deserved pain Grady and Crane could not be dif [...]


    13. Ohhhhhh, read this in one sitting Great mix of plot and romance.I really felt for Elijah, and got that prickly sense of unease and curdling anticipation while the story gently worked up to a climax This book contains themes that some may not like, such as violence and dubious consent, but I feel they worked in favor for the story and the setting As another reviewer remarked, what is really great about the characters is that none of them are wholly good, and neither are they wholly bad Elijah I s [...]


    14. 4.5 starsNobody can do tough and uncomfortable making, squirm in your seat storytelling quite like Lisa Henry I m thinking The Good Boy, Dark Space, but mostly, The Island The list goes on and Sweetwater is no exception Here s a romance you gotta work for there s nothing floofy here, you gotta wait for the pretty I love that.This ain t Little Town on the Prairie Life is messy and crude, and often, not fair Especially in a dusty boomtown of the late 19th century Elijah Carter, orphaned at a young [...]


    15. Full Reviewage on Prism Book Alliance, 4.5 stars, YOTo live in a world where your interpretation of nearly everyone else s words and gestures is nearly always preceded by questions and second guessing my mind was having trouble keeping pace, cramping in empathy for Elijah It s very difficult to imagine how exhausting it was for him to feel this suffocating uncertainty every minute of every day.Grady Grady Mullins A rustler A cattle rustler who notices Elijah and can t get rid of the thought of h [...]


    16. 3.75 starsA shaky start that turned into one hell of a page turner I received a free ARC of this book via NetGalley The author is also one of my GoodReads friends Neither of these facts has any bearing on my review Trigger Warning Discussions of Rape You can read this and other reviews at Things I Find While ShelvingI almost gave up on this book after only a few chapters, but I m so glad I didn t I m going to get what I didn t like out of the way so I can then proceed to the gushing because afte [...]


    17. Lisa Henry, you are a star The feelz in this story, just phenomenal Not a long review cos I ve got lots to do, but this story will stay with me for quite a while The detail Lisa included in this one made me feel as though I was actually in Sweetwater, the grim conditions everyone had to endure in those days, and the fact that if you had any sort of disability at all, you were made fun of and ridiculed by most of the population Grady was the exception to this rule in Sweetwater, didn t treat Elij [...]


    18. DNF at 38% I m getting to think that just because an author writes one amazing book, doesn t mean all their books are good or at least readable Not a realisation that is any fun, thoughSweetwater Okay, many loved this I ve seen all the high ratings You can blame me then, though in this case, I feel it really is the book PHere s why First reason Elijah is a dumb fuck, who isn t worth anything, especially not the love of his adoptive father He therefore craves to be fucked and humiliated by Crane, [...]


    19. 3.75 ish stars.I found myself feeling claustrophobic in Elijah s head We see most of the story from his POV There are a few Grady chapters, but they don t explain much, mostly that he doesn t want to have problems with the law, he is a kind man, travels works with supportive or at least understanding cousins and he is obsessed with Elijah.The problem with the lopsided perspective on things is that it doesn t provide enough depth to the secondary characters Even Grady remains very sketchy What dr [...]


    20. Sweetwater is all about Elijah, his invisibility, the monster demons inside of him, his self worth, and most of all his choices A young man who is somewhat lost Young enough that he looked a little unfinished around the edges, like clay that hadn t properly hardened yet Not his usual sort There was something about him though, something about the way he held himself, silent and watchful Like he was keeping himself apart Mostly deaf, the kid wasn t aloof, wasn t proud He was just wrapped in silenc [...]


    21. Reading updates in review since GR doesn t allow long updates or spoilers in them6%Crane smiled, and Elijah couldn t tell if he was being mocked or not Maybe he d spoken too quietly, too loudly, or carelessly run his words together Or maybe it was just a smile.This is so true These insecurities is common when you have a hearing disability Since you can t hear your own voice only feel the vibrations the vocal cords make in your throat you can t tell how you voice sounds or how you come across to [...]


    22. This book was incredible The characters were amazing and the pacing was perfect The author used the most beautiful metaphors, I wish I had hi lighted some, but his spine moved like a snake across water pretty much got me and sums up the kind of poetry I found in this book Oh, and the scene where Elijah is looking for Grady s room in the hotel Room six.Elijah traced the brass number with his finger The bow of its spine The way it curled back in on itself, built a wall, enclosed a hidden space Unb [...]


    23. BR, February 14th with Julie, Marte, Momo, Nathan and Marco leafmarks 2,5 starsAfter following my fellow Buddy readers on this book, I ve come to a conclusion Although it was very well written there were a lot of things in this book that didn t fit right with me at allI loved Elijah, but I just did not like being in his head He killed me with his self loathing and with the manner he coped with that.I was very upset after finishing this book And not in a good way Review and rating to come when I [...]


    24. I realized recently that I have read ALL the DiscontentedWinter stories but hardly any Lisa Henry stories, so I decided to correct that error this week And this was one of my surprise favorites It was a brilliantly unique western with lovely characters.


    25. I ve been looking forward to Sweetwater for MONTHS And honestly, it wasn t at all what I expected it to be I expected darkness and violence and not flowers and romance for sure, but what I didn t expect was for it to be do damn depressing Seriously, Elijah, the main character, had some monster demons inside of him And Sweetwater tells the story of Elijah s journey to becoming his own man and the catalysts that set him on that path My problems I never emotionally connected to either character I t [...]


    26. I received this copy in exchange for an honest review.Brief life is here our portion, brief sorrow, short lived care The life that knows no ending, the tearless life, is thereI haven t read a book in one sitting of this magnitude in a while Lisa Henry J.A Rock are extreme sadist No one can produce the amount of grief, sorrow, and tears to me like these two I m always pulled into their stories and world immediately with no way out any time soon I can almost guarantee starting the book I m going t [...]


    27. 4,5 stars.I m not into historicals usually I avoid them like the plague I can t help it they re just not my thing I can count the few ones I read and liked at the fingers on one hand.Well, Sweetwater was different, I instantly fell for Elijah and cried a bucket of tears for him sigh The novel isn t an easy read There s so much pain, hurt and desperation than once I was tempted to throw my poor kindle against the wall but the hope and the little flame of love that kept gleaming didn t give me an [...]


    28. This book was a real pleasure to read and I seriously could have done with another hundred pages or so It was beautifully written and my heart ached for poor Elijah trapped in his own world with only his adopted father for company Elijah was lonely and didn t feel like he belonged anywhere and Grady was right there for him, ready to take care and support him when the time came I thought the ending was a little abrupt and I would love to know about how Elijah and Grady get on with their new live [...]


    29. Wow I just typed up a long review then hit some key that made me lose it all I want to cry I just know it s not as good as what I had, but here s my best effort at recalling what I wrote Sweetwater is written with the skill I ve come to expect from Henry, the kind that transports you to the time and place of the story, makes you feel like you re experiencing the events right along with the characters Most of the book was from Elijah s perspective, and I loved how well developed a character he wa [...]


    30. I m a whore for historicals, and Lisa Henry really made me feel like I was back in the dirty old West in a gold rush town It s a tough world, and this is a gritty story that doesn t pull punches I ve seen other people say they found it depressing, but I didn t at all I felt so much for Elijah, and his sad little life I really liked Grady as well, the knight in scruffy boots that comes to town and falls for Elijah I would have liked to have seen interaction and connection between them before Gra [...]


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