There’s nothing I hate more than giving up on a book, but I’m afraid this one is going in that pile – made all the worse because it was sent to me by the author.
Nina Vida’s The Texicans is set during the colonisation years of the Texan state. It follows the character of Joseph, a school teacher-come-coloniser, and the group of people he runs into (and seems to collect) as he goes along his way.
I’d like to stress that this was an interesting, well-written book. It was clearly well researched and the characters were real and engaging. While reading the book I did enjoy it, however I didn’t feel the urge to pick it up in the meantime. Because of this it sat on my ‘reading pile’ for well over a month and was starting to slow down the rest of my reading.
My non-completion would not stop me from recommending it to readers of historical fiction.