No Match for a Good Story by Rachel Kovaciny

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

No Match for a Good Story by Rachel Kovaciny

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

We are never so close to death as when we are bringing forth life, and well I knew it.

A blizzard is coming on the Nebraska frontier, and midwife Emma Owens is helping her step-daughter, Rosalind, give birth to her first baby. But when the new mother’s courage and strength sink dangerously low during the long hours of labor, Emma takes to telling stories to get Rosalind through it in No Match for a Good Story by author Rachel Kovaciny.

I’m quite pleased with how much I enjoyed this short read. I appreciated Emma’s voice and style. She’s warm and motherly, quick and lively, and clearly a woman of the West, but she doesn’t come off as an overdone Western caricature.

And the stories within this story are nicely handled: just snippets of accounts until fuller details are needed, but still not so many details as to stall the main story or take it off track.

A truly well-written holiday tale about the power of storytelling and the miracle of life.


Here’s my review of another story in the Once Upon a Western series, Gruff.


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