The Colony by Cami Checketts
Title: The Colony
Author: Cami Checketts
Published: 4th December 2013
Source: E-copy from the author for my honest review
To protect her sons from the mistakes of her past, Brinlee Trapper escapes to a secluded mountain home. But there are dangers lurking in the mountains she has never encountered. The little family is saved from injury by Jed, a mysterious hunter. Brinlee is drawn to him, but she worries about his involvement with a peaceful commune hidden deep in the mountains behind her property.
Lance, Brinlee’s attentive neighbor, has his own troubled history. Between his obvious attraction to Brinlee and his developing love for her children, Brinlee finds it more than difficult to guard her heart against this tender intrusion.
While Jed offers a life of excitement and freedom, Lance holds the key to the family Brinlee always wanted. When it comes time to choose, she learns that both men have secrets that could shatter her fledgling trust in men and the wrong decision could leave more than her heart exposed to danger.
"Cami Checketts is a genius! She writes about topics that aren't widely discussed, in and out of books, and she does such a brilliant job of crafting these things into wonderful stories that touch your heart and remain with you for days afterwards."
~Myra, Reviewer, Pieces of Whimsy
Cami Checketts is not just a great author, she is also a great person. She includes so many amazing things within the pages of her books and even with so much going on none of it feels even the slightest bit out of place or too much for the story. This book teaches so many great values such as love, courage, commitment, friendship, family, and faith not only in others but in oneself. It also covers so many important issues, abortion, rape, being a single mother, and family situations, to name just a few.
Now onto the men.
There are two main male leads in this book, Lance and Jed, and we are introduced to both of them right near the beginning. Now while I have nothing against Jed, he didn't really light my fire. I thought he was a bit too extreme in his anti-everything beliefs and I really couldn't understand his way of life. Lance on the other hand was perfect. He looked after Brinlee and he loved her children completely, he also looked after the children and helped out around Brinlee's house. It wasn't his house or his kids yet he still looked after everything which is completely dreamy and the fact that he was incredibly good-looking certainly helped his case!
I have read three of Cami's books now and I've have noticed several common themes between them, and from the sounds of her other books they also share these ideas and ideals. There is usually some charity work or good cause involved which is a wonderful topic to write about, there's also usually some sort of exercise (which is no surprise if you've read Cami's bio) and her books are filled with amazing values and issues. I've also noticed that there are usually two or so "love interests" in her books. I put the "love interests" in quotation marks because the way it's written makes it feel nothing like a love triangle. The characters are written to be real human beings and though not all parts of the story are something you'd face in everyday life, those everyday parts are just as real and magical as the action parts of the story!
Also, not to do with the story but I had to share, I just noticed that at the end of the synopsis for this book on Goodreads there is a quote from me! This is of course one of the most exciting things ever and I just had to share my excitement and if you haven't read any of Cami's books yet then you definitely should. Her books are so different from what's out there and they are all 100% wonderful!
Tens List with Cami Checketts
Top Ten Quotes
1. “You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.” Marjorie Pay Hinckley
2. “The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.” Zig Ziglar
3. “Nothing worth gaining was ever gained without effort.” Theodore Roosevelt
4. “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” Marjorie Pay Hinckley
5. “Life by the yard is hard, by the inch it’s a cinch.” Thomas S. Monson
6. “Think the best of each other, especially of those you say you love. Assume the good and doubt the bad.” Jeffrey R. Holland
7. “Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.” Dr. Michael Colgan (With the exception of chocolate)
8. “Never let a problem to be solved, become more important than a person to be loved.” Thomas S. Monson
9. “Get on your knees and pray, then get on your feet and work.” Gordon B. Hinckley
10. “Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Marjorie Pay Hinckley
There are so many quotes I love, but most of these have become mantras I repeat throughout the day when I get discouraged or frustrated. Sometimes if I say them enough times it works!
Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.
Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com.
Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn’t snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.
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