Del Norte Review, by Ron Scheer

This dark western novella from Texas writer Julia Robb begins appropriately with the gravestone of a murdered man. The stone leans against an interior wall of a saloon, the Del Norte of the story’s title, owned and operated by a Mexican woman, Magdalena Chapas. We’re in a dusty garrison town in West Texas. The year…

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Saint of the Burning Heart ~ ~ ~ ~ Review by Simon Stirling

Unless you’ve been waiting with breathless anticipation to read a book by an author with whose work you’re familiar, and which you therefore have high hopes of enjoying, the unspoken thought in any reviewer’s mind when starting to read a new book must inevitably be: “Oh please, please, please let it be good!” Well, with Julia…

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SCALP MOUNTAIN REVIEWED BY KIRKUS

Review posted on June 29th, 2012 … Family dramas propel this spare, anti-romantic western. The title may be slightly misleading: While this Western takes place in the mountainous West Texas region, the emphasis is mostly on the “scalp” part. As a Texas Ranger explains to a friend’s Baltimore-born wife, when it comes to scalping, “Sister,…

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Steve Mathisen’s assessment of Scalp Mountain

Scalp Mountain introduces you to an era of no easy answers. The characters are realistically complex and the situations ring true. Julia Robb has written a novel that reflects the true strength and weakness of Texans and Comanches at a point in time where the both were struggling to survive each other. She draws you…

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Scalp Mountain Review by James Paddock (Sahuarita, AZ USA)

…Not being a big fan of the western genre, I was unsure about Scalp Mountain. Once into it I found myself reading later than usual, even picking it up during the day, which I very seldom do. The story kept drawing me back in, engaging me in the lives of the characters, forming a picture…

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Scalp Mountain Review by By Glen Rose

My first thought; I will be nice and buy this western book by a woman and I would go easy with the criticism. I could NOT stop reading. I think the characters were drawn to more resemble the true personalities of people during that time. All bad men (and woman) are not ALL bad. The…

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Rich Weatherly Reviews Scalp Mountain

…This book has much in common with literary fiction. Throughout most of the story we see the vast expanse of the southern plains, the Guadalupe and Davis Mountains, Rio Grande River and surrounding territory. Julia Robb uses vivid, lyrical prose to show us this landscape. While reading, I was transported back to the 1870s. Her writing takes readers on a ride where they experience the story through all their senses; sight, sound, touch, smell and mental imagery through the use of beautiful word pictures.

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Saint of the Burning Heart Reviewed by Rich Weatherly

Julia has mastered the language of west Texas in ways similar to Larry McMurtry or John Steinbeck in their works. Don’t expect cookie-cutter characters. These characters are as complex as we all are. Some fail, bounce back and find redemption or retribution. Others stick to their die-hard ways and face the consequences. While the story…

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Rough Edges Reviews Scalp Mountain

Author and Blogger James Reasoner reviewed Julia Robb’s debut book ‘Scalp Mountain‘ describing her unique style for story-telling. Her own quote “Everyone was right, everyone was wrong and everyone got hurt” depicts her talent and skill to tell it like it really was. Relationships, people in general and situations are complex — the truth is…

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