|If you have read any of my other reviews, you should know that I am kind of a geek. Now that I have admitted this, please know that at one point in my life I actually worked for a woman whose whole family hunted for fossils so I was very excited to read this book! We begin with Sara Wickham trying to figure out what the best was to fire her assistant was. We go from there to her boss, Andrew, firing her and ordering her to actually take a vacation. Sara happens to be a paleontologist, a very talented and an almost Obsessive/Compulsive one. He basically threatens her saying if she does ANY expeditions, studying, discovering, writing, or even thinking about dinosaurs he will fire her. My first thought of him was 'what a buzz kill'.
Apparently our girl Sara has been working herself so hard, becoming so obsessed with whatever she's doing, she has not taken good care of herself or her field team. Just before she leaves the museum she's been working for she gets a call from her old friend Patrick. He's on a dig and they are desperate for her to join them for a month and a half. She agrees but doesn't tell him she's isn't allowed to go. That's when she makes decisions that not only makes the other characters crazy, they make me crazy too. She flies to Canada, when no one is there or reachable, she hitchhikes to the site. From there, it all goes downhill. Sort of. That is where she meets Thomas McBride, the paleontologist in charge of the site. Not only do they have incredible chemistry, even his dog Barney just loves her!
The geek in me really liked this story. I liked that Ms. Lang was educational with her story (though I'm not sure a non-geek would like it as much as I did). The supporting characters were pretty darn good... The only character I didn't really like very much was unfortunately, Sara. It was eventually explained, to Tom and the reader (me) why she was behaving the way she was, so eventually I understood. She totally seems to have bad luck when she is too engrossed with her work. Ms. Lang did write a good story. I will always think of this book when I hear about 'Sue' at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and especially when I saw the news story about Two New Species of Horned Dinosaur being named (they were collected from Alberta, Canada, and this story's action with Thomas takes place in Northern Alberta). I told you I'm a geek.
Reviewer: Teresa T.
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