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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Despite his privileged life and a prepared position in the lucrative family business in Boston, Rolfe Honeywell is disillusioned with his future. Unable to take his nonchalant approach to life any longer, Rolfe’s stepmother, Metta Maria, sends him to Mira Loma, her family's ranch in New Mexico Territory. Awaiting him is the close-knit and spirited O’Donoughue family, offering him a 3-month stay that he won’t forget.
Set in 1877, Mira Loma by R.L. Lee is a Western tale that encapsulates familial bonds, adventure, and self-discovery. Some historical facts and several historical figures' names adorn the narrative, authenticating the era in which the story takes place. Lee’s writing style has a nice flair that makes the narrative charmingly immersive. Descriptive and vivid, the life and scenery of Mira Loma in the meager but scenic New Mexico Territory complement this heartwarming family saga.
The memorable and deftly individualized characters have been developed with care. Rolfe, or R.C. to the O’Donoughues, definitely benefits from his time in Mira Loma, blossoming into a person who reflects the life and family values that the O’Donoughues uphold. It’s hard not to like feisty Lainie and be fond of young Hart, who dreams of traveling to the East. Even though Metta doesn’t appear as much as the other protagonists, her elegant and enigmatic persona resonates from start to finish. An enjoyable and relaxing read, it will be absolutely wonderful to see Mira Loma come alive visually as a film.