Book Review: 'Calves in the Mud' is a different kind of romance

April 6, 2014 

  • 'CALVES IN THE MUD ROOM,' by Jerome O Brown (Teton Valley); tetonwolf ($7.49)

Publisher's summary: Wade Summers wants nothing more than to go on his date tonight with high school hottie Glory Schoonover.

Unfortunately, a fierce February blizzard has blown in and a couple of first-time heifers are calving early. Way too early. And Wade's never delivered a calf all by himself before. His grandfather was always there to show him the way. But with him gone and his mom and stepdad busy with their own booze-fueled train wrecks, Wade is left to confront bringing a new life into the world on his own - and hopefully still make it to the dance with Glory.

My take: "Calves" is a novella, only 98 pages, but that doesn't mean that Jerome O Brown has skimped on the story or that there's not enough there to get you hooked. Quite the opposite. Brown practices word economy like a champ. His quick writing and to-the-point storytelling propel the plot and the reader forward. The writing had descriptions and personality that made me smirk and smile. It's not your typical teenage love story, but you'll still find yourself rooting that cattle farmer Wade Summers gets to the dance on time with spud festival princess Glory Schoonover.

My rating: Fun and worth the read. Pick it up.

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