Tour Stop {Review/Excerpt}: Sierra by Taylor Dean

by Taylor Dean
Paperback, 342 pages
Published June 13th 2012 by create space

My Rating: EPIC
Alyssa Fontaine's life, loved ones--everything familiar and dear--are brutally taken from her. Taken captive by two men, she endures a horrific nightmare. A new life is forced upon her and even a new name. Just when it appears that no hope is in sight, she is saved by an unlikely twist of fate. Trapped in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, life will open its arms to her again and she will embrace it. She will find love such as she never knew existed.
Sierra is a heart-wrenching story of the power of the human spirit to survive amidst impossible circumstances and severe losses. It is a story of survival . . . and hope.

This is quiet frankly the best clean romance novel I've ever read in my whole entire life. Finally a “love story” I can recommend to my mom without blushing or her thinking I'm some kind of freak. This was such an emotional read. Sierra tells the story of a woman targeted by madmen on a mission. Her family is brutally taken away and she is held captive in the wilderness. In the mist of her suffering she finds a hero. I was outraged. I was hopeless. I cried along with the main character, Alyssa. I cast the e reader away swearing to not finish this novel. But at last, my curiosity got the best of me. This was such a charming story. Even in the super gushy parts, I hung to every word as if it was oxygen, I needed to see what would happen next. In the end a part of me wished this was a true story and that fairy tale romances like this could actually exist. Yet at the same time, I wouldn't wish the horrors she faced on my worst enemy. I would recommend this to any and everyone. This is a few readers away from an "American classic”!

Stay strong, Alyssa. Another opportunity for escape will come, you just have to
wait for it. And yet, she wondered if she would live through the next day.
It wasn’t a matter of being lost in the woods, it was a matter of being totally,
and utterly, lost.
“WE HAVE TA find our community today. We’re out of food,” Pa said at lunch
as they ate the last of the granola bars. “I know wur close.”
As they hiked, Adam walked behind her and pushed her every time she
slowed down. They were all slow today. He never walked behind her. The trip
was getting to all of them.
Alyssa felt as though she could simply lie down and die. Her pain, which had
been significant, seemed to have diminished into a dull, anesthetized feeling that
enveloped her. Maybe this is what death feels like—a sluggish, agonizing death,
that is, she thought numbly.
As they hiked down the mountain through a heavily wooded area, a deluge
of rain descended upon them. They did not stop or seek any shelter, they hiked
right through it. The noise of the storm hid the fact that Alyssa sobbed out loud.
The moisture hid her tears. She didn’t even try to rein it in—she just let it out and
was glad for the cover of the storm. Lightning and thunder roared around them
and still they walked. Pa was sure the community was just below them.
Alyssa knew that life—as she knew it—was over.
Her fate was to be with Adam.
The thought set in and her heart sank. She couldn’t remember ever being so
terrified in her entire life.
It soon became obvious they were nowhere near their precious community,
however. Pa cursed and yelled in a fit of temper. They were all hungry and tired.
When they stopped for breaks, Alyssa fell asleep each time, hardly able to hold
herself in an upright position.
That evening as they walked through an area dense with pine trees and
foliage, to their surprise, they came across a cabin in the woods. Pa and Adam
stood in the trees staring at it. It was obviously occupied. Smoke wafted out of
the chimney, the smell of fresh bread was in the air, and the tinkle of music could
be heard if you strained your ear.
As Alyssa's eyes alighted upon the cabin for the first time, she thought
perhaps she was dreaming. It was like seeing a mirage in the desert. It couldn’t
be real—the sight, the sound, the smell. It was . . . charming. She was seeing
things. It must be her imagination. After all, who lived up here in the middle of
nowhere? But if she was seeing things that weren’t really there, then so were
Adam and Pa.
They decided to pay the occupant a visit and cautiously began the walk up to
the door of the cabin. Alyssa suddenly felt like Dorothy along with two cowardly
lions approaching the wizard. The cautious music from the movie played in her
befuddled brain.
Yep, she was losing it.
Puffs of smoke shot out of the chimney and she wondered if Adam would turn
around and run.
Maybe the wizard would grant her deepest wish.
Freedom . . .

This tour stop is courtesy of Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours!


  1. Hi Katrina! I LOVE your review! Thank you so much! I am thrilled that you enjoyed Sierra. (and I love that you can share it with your mom!) Thank you for reading and reviewing Sierra, and for letting me visit your blog today! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your review! (Love your 'rating style.' Very clever!)

  2. I concur! Fantastic! This is a great book, and I would say it is on its way to being the next American classic.


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