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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Ilsa by Shanna Hatfield is the story of a girl whose life changes right before our eyes as we watch her become a woman. Ilsa is the sister of Aundy, whom we have met in the previous Pendleton Petticoats books. Aundy and Garrett travel to Chicago from their ranch in Pendleton, Oregon to bring her back home to live. Ilsa does not like anything about the West except maybe for Tony. She is frightened of almost everything – the horses, gathering the eggs, and cooking, although everyone is more than willing to watch over her and take special care of all of her wants and needs. Tony has come from New York to live in Pendleton, to be near his favorite sister, Caterina, and her husband, Kade (whom we have met in earlier books too). Ilsa and Tony immediately become close friends and slowly have to admit to themselves that they feel way more than friendship towards each other. With everyone’s help, Ilsa opens her own dress shop and moves into town and out of Aundy’s home. As Ilsa finds herself in scary situations, Tony and the others are always there to pick her up and protect her until she slowly realizes that she is capable of taking care of herself.
Ilsa continues the Pendleton Petticoat adventures and re-connected me with my friends from Books 1 and 2, but it can be read and enjoyed on its own as well. Shanna Hatfield is an amazing author who pulls you into the story and makes the old West come alive on every page. I stayed up late and ignored my chores to travel to Pendleton and see what Ilsa was up to. I cannot wait to read book 4. Ilsa is a must-read for all romantic and historical genre fans. The romance is set up perfectly and the history is accurate and interesting. I give Ilsa and Shanna Hatfield a top star rating and I am sure you will too.