Highly-respected cardiologist Cole Montgomery is widely regarded as tops in his chosen field of specialization. While his younger brother, Trevor, staHighly-respected cardiologist Cole Montgomery is widely regarded as tops in his chosen field of specialization. While his younger brother, Trevor, stayed in their hometown of Cattleman Bluff, Wyoming, Cole chose to dedicate his life to his career and keep personal attachments to a minimum. Now it’s time for him to share his family responsibility and run Trevor’s clinic while the younger Montgomery enjoys an extended honeymoon. Coming back to Cattleman Bluff also means helping his father with the family’s Circle M Ranch. Cole is going to need assistance in running the clinic, but he doesn’t expect it to come in the form of a beautiful, newly-minted female doctor from Boston. Not only is Lizzie Silva a knockout, she’s also a single mom with a tiny baby daughter. Two new unplanned ladies in his life could be too much, but the very professional Dr. Cole Montgomery can take all this in stride—it’s only temporary. But when the renowned cardiologist’s own heart begins to beat with a different rhythm, he questions his own life plans. Could they possibly include love and fatherhood, or will he have to let Lizzie go so she can shine in her own dazzling light? Lizzie knows how she feels about Cole, and she wants him to be a permanent part of the future for herself and her daughter. Can she make him see all that life has to offer them as a family? Author Lynne Marshall’s medical romances are extra-special because her own many years of medical experience make them so very readable.
Trevor Montgomery was more-or-less settled in his hometown of Cattleman Bluff, Wyoming, running his family practice clinic and continuing to help hisTrevor Montgomery was more-or-less settled in his hometown of Cattleman Bluff, Wyoming, running his family practice clinic and continuing to help his father with their Circle M Ranch. However, he is taken by surprise when someone from his past applies for a position at the clinic. Julie Sterling had left the area years ago, but now she was back—a skilled nurse practitioner and midwife, and the most qualified candidate for the job. Employment is not the only reason for Julie’s return: after her parents’ death, she inherited their home, and she has returned to her roots to make a new life for herself and her teen-aged son, James. Seeing Trevor again after all these years gives Julie the courage to reveal a life-changing secret: James is Trevor’s son—the result of one night of youthful passion so long ago. Trevor is stunned, but he is also eager to get to know his son. Julie agrees, and they try their best to proceed with caution, but the heart will have its own way, and friendship and other deeper feelings grow between them. Trevor didn’t know what he was missing all these years, and now that he has it, he’ll do anything to keep it. Will Julie and James accept him and care for him as he does for them? Author Lynne Marshall’s own many years in the medical field adds a fascinating touch of reality to this heart-warming reunion romance.
Author Lori Benton's lyrical prose brings to vivid life the conflicts of cultures and the struggle for power that shaped the expansion of the AmericanAuthor Lori Benton's lyrical prose brings to vivid life the conflicts of cultures and the struggle for power that shaped the expansion of the American Frontier. "The Woods Edge", set in the New York Territory of the late 1700's, richly details the consequences of one irrevocable decision made during a father's moment of profound grief. The lasting effects of his actions will ripple through many lives until they become a pounding wave of tormented emotion. Major Reginald Aubrey thinks to spare his wife's health and sanity by switching their own dead newborn son for the living child of a former captive woman who had given birth to twin boys--one Indian and one white. Giving the blonde infant to his wife brings her peace, but this deception will bring tumult to all those involved. As their personal lives unfold, so does the history of America, as the frontier's bloody battles will ultimately merge with the great upheaval of the Revolutionary War. The people of the Oneida Nation faced severe repercussions for allying with the British, and their place in American history is given due attention. Stepping back into history to touch our roots is of immeasurable importance to our present day and our future. Splendid storytellers like Lori Benton who revere history and have a deep, abiding faith are to be treasured. "The Woods Edge" refers to a ceremony in which strangers approaching a community were met at the "town limits" or edge of the woods by a delegation who would approve their entry or send them on their way. This book is the first in "The Pathfinders Series" from wonderful writer Lori Benton.
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Returning to author Robyn Carr's fictional community of Thunder Point, Oregon is such a pleasure for me as a reader. "A New Hope", Book Eight in the TReturning to author Robyn Carr's fictional community of Thunder Point, Oregon is such a pleasure for me as a reader. "A New Hope", Book Eight in the Thunder Point Series, is perhaps the most emotionally compelling and beautifully poignant entry so far in the series. That's saying a lot--each of the books has been wonderfully characterized with involving storylines and layered word imagery. We previously met Ginger Dysart in "One Wish", Book Seven in the series, and the heartbreaking tale of the SIDS death of her baby and the breakup of her marriage set up the connections for her own story to become featured in "A New Hope". Starting over in Thunder Point with the help of her cousin, Ray Anne, Ginger begins working in a local flower shop and gradually finds life to be on its way back into her good graces. The work in the flower shop is much to her liking and so is the kindness of her newfound friends. Helping with the flowers for the large, loud, lively Lacoumette wedding is challenging and exciting, but it comes with an unexpected price: an unpleasant encounter with the bride's disgustingly drunken brother, Matt. Trying to make up for his embarrassingly offensive behavior, Matt pays a visit to the flower shop to apologize to Ginger. Surprisingly, despite a very rough beginning, something begins to bloom between Matt and Ginger. The two of them have both been deeply hurt by those who should have shown them the most care, and as they spend time with each other, understanding takes root, and trust begins to grow. Can these two survivors leave the pain of the past behind and reach for the hope of a bright and happy future filled with love for each other? As with all books in the Thunder Point series, we are treated to visits with old friends, and we meet new characters who will have a larger role in upcoming storylines. A highly recommended series from a gifted storyteller.
Two hearts that bonded in childhood, then went in very different directions, come full circle in "A Love Like Ours", an inspirational contemporary romTwo hearts that bonded in childhood, then went in very different directions, come full circle in "A Love Like Ours", an inspirational contemporary romance from author Becky Wade. Jake Porter's childhood days were spent riding horses and finding one new adventure after another in the company of his two brothers and his best friend, Lyndie James. Nothing could separate Jake and Lyndie--until the fateful day that Lyndie's family moved far away and left Jake and his broken heart behind. Twenty years later, Lyndie returns to Holley, Texas where Jake is now the trainer at Whispering Creek Ranch's Thoroughbred Farm. Jake is not the boy that Lyndie once knew. Tall and ruggedly handsome, bearing a facial scar from a devastating incident during his service in the Marines, Jake also suffers from PTSD. He lives a somewhat solitary life, has trust issues, and guards his heart with Marine fierceness. Lyndie is still beautiful, full of life, fearless, and blessed with an abiding faith. Reluctantly, Jake allows Lyndie to work with special needs horses, which includes riding and retraining. Even while he fears for her safety, the magic she works on the horses begins to work its spell on Jake as well, and he starts to allow himself to feel real emotions once again. However there are many issues which must be resolved before these long-separated loving hearts are truly reunited. Will Lyndie's great faith and Jake's rediscovered hope be strong enough to bring them back together and keep them together for a life of lasting love and happiness? A moving and inspiring love story from wonderful writer Becky Wade.
Like a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces of our lives are not symmetrical. They are irregularly-shaped segments that eventually fit together to form the wholeLike a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces of our lives are not symmetrical. They are irregularly-shaped segments that eventually fit together to form the whole picture. In "Together with You", author Victoria Bylin ties together human imperfections, along with strengths and weaknesses, and binds them all together with faith, hope, and forgiveness. One day while working at mall toy store, former social worker Carly Mason finds a lost little girl playing with stuffed animals. The child's father soon arrives to claim his daughter, but not before Carly has recognized the signs of Fetal Alcohol Effects in the girl, Penny. Dr. Ryan Tremaine has made his share of mistakes--bad judgment and careless behavior lead to an affair which produced a beautiful little girl who would forever be affected by his recklessness. His ex-wife has remarried, and while she is away on a trip, Ryan is trying to cope with keeping Penny, his two teenaged sons, his medical practice, and the rest of his life all in order. Fate has brought Carly and the Tremaines together for a reason, and eventually she becomes Penny's nanny. Carly had left social work because her emotional involvement with a young client, a teenaged girl, had made her feel responsible when the girl became a runaway. Ryan and Carly are strongly drawn to each other, and as time passes, she becomes more and more a part of the family. However, both of them each have personal issues to resolve before they fully reach out to each other. Carly is a woman of great faith, and Ryan is a man seeking to find real faith--will love's healing redemption give them a chance for happiness? "Together with You" is a thoughtful, poignant, and inspiring contemporary romance from talented storyteller Victoria Bylin.
With each book I read from author Debbie Macomber, I become more impressed with her skills as a storyteller. Her stories are imbued with everyday lifeWith each book I read from author Debbie Macomber, I become more impressed with her skills as a storyteller. Her stories are imbued with everyday life matters, and humor and hope help to heal the more difficult aspects of existence that we all face from time to time. Romance is delightfully written, and love pervades the storylines. With "Last One Home", the author tells the tale of the three Carter sisters, separated by anger, with time and distance expanding the estrangement. While the focus is on Cassie, the middle sister, her older sister Karen, and her younger sister Nichole are also featured. At age eighteen, Cassie had run away to marry someone whom her parents had forbidden her to see, but in love, and unbeknownst to her parents, pregnant, Cassie had plunged forward into what would become a nightmare. Her dreams shattered by her husband Duke's fists, Cassie never told her family of the abuse she suffered. Duke had taken her from her family and home in Spokane, Washington and settled in Florida. Eventually Cassie found the strength and courage to divorce Duke and press charges against him for domestic violence. Returning to Washington state, she contacted her sister, Karen. During Cassie's absence, both of her parents had died, and she had not been able to go home for the funerals. Family tensions continued to escalate, and there was much bitterness between the sisters. When Karen finally answers Cassie, it is to offer her what is left of their parents' belongings--after Karen and Nichole had taken their pick. Cassie is grateful beyond words--she and her daughter, Amiee, have long lived a very frugal life. Will this be the chance for a family reconciliation? Is there hope after all for the Carter sisters to once again be together as sisters should be? If Cassie takes a chance on a new start, with family and a promise of unexpected happiness, will she be rewarded with more joy than she could have imagined? I would like to thank Debbie Macomber for choosing to write about abuse and its lasting, widespread effects–not just on the victim, but on those who care for the victim. All of us, whether we realize it or not, know someone who has been abused at some point in their life. The first reaction to abuse is denial. It’s a subject which makes people uncomfortable, and the victims often linger in a very painful silence. Writing about it may encourage someone who is a victim to seek help. Acknowledgement is not only a first step, it’s a giant leap! A recommended read from wonderful writer Debbie Macomber.
Author Linda Goodnight's "The Memory House" is a compelling tale of grief, loss and redemption, and the ultimate power of love and faith. A dual storyAuthor Linda Goodnight's "The Memory House" is a compelling tale of grief, loss and redemption, and the ultimate power of love and faith. A dual storyline of contemporary and Civil War Era Tennessee weaves together the past, present, and future to offer a richly atmospheric tapestry for the reader's imagination. In present day, Julia Presley devotes herself to operating the Peach Orchard Inn. Caring for her guests and providing for their comforts keeps her busy and helps her to survive. The unsolved abduction of her son six years ago and the subsequent dissolution of her marriage had left Julia bereft. The daily matters of management of the inn had given her purpose--a reason to get up each day and keep moving forward. Eli Donovan, a man at a crossroads of conscience, had given up a life of privilege for the prison life. After seven years, he is free, but unsure of what "freedom" really means for him. Unexpected news that he is the father of a son whose mother has passed away is a jolt to his already jangled sense of place. Fate will bring Julia and Eli together, and time will lead them to healing, friendship, and more. However, time also has other plans for the two of them, and the discovery of haunting love letters from the past will propel them into an unexpected journey which will forever change their lives. Settle down into your favorite reading spot, sip some of the peach tea like Julia serves her guests, and enjoy this lovely and involving romantic story.
Author Neal Griffin's law-enforcement background is as impressive and fascinating as any storyline that he could create for one of his fictional charaAuthor Neal Griffin's law-enforcement background is as impressive and fascinating as any storyline that he could create for one of his fictional characters. With his debut novel, "Benefit of the Doubt", he puts his own knowledge and skills to great use in spinning a compelling tale of loss, redemption, and ultimate justice. Ben Sawyer made a mistake, a very public mistake, and it cost him his career in law enforcement in Oakland, California. With few choices available, Ben and his wife Alex, along with their twelve-year old son, Jake, move back to their home town of Newberg, Wisconsin. Ben is now a small-town cop, and the chief of police is his own father-in-law. Distrust by his fellow officers and resentment over his family connection to the department become the least of Ben's worries when issues with drug-running and prostitution become pressing and corruption rears its ugly head. A shocking scandal occurs when Ben's wife, Alex, is labeled an adulterer and is accused of murder. Once again, Ben's law enforcement career is in jeopardy, but this time the threat to his family is even greater. With a rookie female cop, herself an outcast, as his only trusted support, Ben determines to bring down the criminal element endangering his family. Ben's worries have only just begun, however, because someone truly evil is headed his way--a convicted murderer fueled by revenge--and Ben and his family are the targeted prey. "Benefit of the Doubt" is a suspenseful, thrilling debut from an author with just the write stuff for the crime fiction genre.
A favorite author, Katie Ganshert, once again combines her marvelous wordsmithery with a deep, abiding faith in the inspiring, compelling read, "The AA favorite author, Katie Ganshert, once again combines her marvelous wordsmithery with a deep, abiding faith in the inspiring, compelling read, "The Art of Losing Yourself". Two half-sisters, who share an alcoholic mother, are seemingly not just years apart, but a world apart, having vastly different coping mechanisms. Carmen, a successful Florida TV meteorologist, has spent her lifetime seeking an elusive level of perfection. She and her husband, Ben, a popular high school coach, would seem to have it all--except that their dream of becoming parents is more of a nightmare due to a series of devastating miscarriages. Gracie, a seventeen-year-old rebellious runaway makes her presence known when she hides out at a rundown motel that belongs to Carmen's aunt, who suffers from dementia and resides at a care facility. In the midst of Carmen's concerns and doubts about her own life and future, in comes Gracie with her immediate needs and daunting reality. Life is never what we expect it to be--it is frequently more challenging, and often less comfortable, than we ever imagined. However, it is always worth a leap of faith. Katie Ganshert is a wonderful storyteller, and I have read each of her books with great enjoyment and appreciation. "The Art of Losing Yourself" is a beautifully poignant and highly recommended read.
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When author Lynne Marshall tells a tale, she tells it well, and her "Home in Heartlandia" contemporary romance series is an entertaining blend of intrWhen author Lynne Marshall tells a tale, she tells it well, and her "Home in Heartlandia" contemporary romance series is an entertaining blend of intrigues of the past and the cultural diversity of today's world. Leif Anderson is a rich widower, a successful builder whose personal life has become progressively reclusive. While he still maintains his active involvement in community affairs, his heart clings to the memory of his late wife, Ellen. He is thrown off-kilter when the artist hired to paint murals depicting the history of Heartlandia on the local college campus turns out to be an irresistible, spirited beauty. Marta Hoyas has made the trek from Sedona, Arizona to this unique coastal Oregon community to make a new start--both professionally and in her personal life. Her recent long-term involvement with a man who was also her mentor had ended with their differences over her unexpected pregnancy. Since she will be staying in Leif's home until the murals are completed, they can't help but spend time getting to know each other. Leif has been widowed for three years, and having beautiful, emotional, and forward-thinking Marta so close and so tempting is unlocking the gated enclosure of his heart. Marta is equally struck by this rugged, masculine, mannerly man with his Viking good looks and mesmerizing blue eyes. Both of them have many of their own personal issues to resolve, but the attraction between them has a mind of its own, and a sweetly sizzling involvement quickly ensues. The tenderness and temptation they experience is not without tension--questions from both of their pasts must be answered before they can hope for a future filled with happiness. Will Fate bow to the power of Love to heal and bind hearts together? Will the community of Heartlandia itself find its own happily-ever-after? If you love contemporary romance with compelling characterizations and involving storylines, then you will highly enjoy the "Home in Heartlandia" series from wonderfully-gifted writer Lynne Marshall.