Bringing forward characters and story line from his debut work, "The Terror of Living", author Urban Waite creates a suspenseful sequel in "Sometimes...moreBringing forward characters and story line from his debut work, "The Terror of Living", author Urban Waite creates a suspenseful sequel in "Sometimes the Wolf". Silver Lake, a small mountain town in the Pacific Northwest, has been the home of generations of the Drake family, a family that knows both sides of the law all too well. Bobby Drake, sometimes just called "Drake" is a deputy sheriff. His father Patrick, once the sheriff of Silver Lake, was convicted of drug smuggling while still in office. Having served twelve years in prison, Patrick is released on probation under the watchful eye of his own son. Drake and his wife Sheri have agreed to let live with them, and he moves back into his own former home, now remodeled and redecorated in an effort to blot out the past. Has Patrick truly reformed? He says he has changed, and he means no harm--but can he be trusted? How the future of life with Patrick will unfold is just one of the heavy questions weighing on Drake's mind as he also ponders whether his marriage will survive. Sheri has recently had a miscarriage, a loss she took very hard, and their marriage has not been the same. All of the shame Drake has tried to overcome due to his father's actions is once again at the forefront, as Patrick is once again under the same roof. Many people are curious about Patrick's whereabouts and movements. Issues from the past, like a missing fortune in drug money, make Patrick a person of extreme interest. Along with Patrick's return, poachers are canvassing the area, and for the first time in decades, a wolf is stalking the area. Caught in the middle of it all, Drake must question his own identity and what he most desires for his own future--if he survives. Recommendation: First read "The Terror of Living", and then follow it up with "Sometimes the Wolf".
Told in a straight-forward, no-frills style, "Larabee's Luck" is an enjoyable, involving, historical western romance from author Jane McBride Choate....moreTold in a straight-forward, no-frills style, "Larabee's Luck" is an enjoyable, involving, historical western romance from author Jane McBride Choate. Without extensive detail, and with the focus on the story line and characterizations, the author draws the reader in and keeps them turning the pages. In Post-Civil War Colorado, Johanna Kellerman is struggling to make a success of the ranch and horse-training business she inherited from her adoptive parents. Johanna works hard beside the hands on her ranch, favoring the practicality of sturdy britches and boots over dresses and bows. She can't believe her luck when Cade Larabee comes to work as a horse trainer and hand for the ranch. Soft-spoken, competent, and highly skilled with horses, Cade seems far too accomplished to be working for a small outfit like the Kellerman ranch. His sincerity and respect do much to win Johanna over, and she finds herself falling for the handsome cowboy. Cade is immediately smitten with Johanna, who is inexperienced and vulnerable. She has no pretensions, and she is unaware of her own loveliness. Cade came to the ranch on a mission for his true employer, Vincent Wingate, who had been Cade's commanding officer during the war. Cade had continued to work for Wingate in other capacities after the war ended. This time however, Wingate coerced him to follow his orders, seeking information on Johanna, the daughter Wingate had forced his unwed sister to give up so long ago. Wingate blackmailed Cade by threatening to reveal that Cade's war-hero brother, who lost his legs in the conflict, is not the man the world thinks him to be. To protect Noah, Cade must spy on Johanna, the woman who has stolen his heart and made him reach for his own long-lost dreams. Wingate will do anything to keep his sister from being reunited with Johanna, and Cade is caught between the devil on his left and the devil on his right. Whom should he protect, and whose heart should he break? Is there some way to defend his brother and also allow Johanna to find her heart's desire--the mother who let her go? While I relish involved, detailed historical fiction, I also appreciate good storytelling. I enjoyed this book much as I would an entertaining movie on TV, one that I would watch again. I plan to read more books by Jane McBride Choate.
Author Carrie La Seur's debut work, "The Home Place", is an atmospheric, involving tale of a woman's involuntary return to her past. Attorney Alma Ter...moreAuthor Carrie La Seur's debut work, "The Home Place", is an atmospheric, involving tale of a woman's involuntary return to her past. Attorney Alma Terrebonne has created a tightly-scheduled, neatly-ordered life for herself with a successful career in Seattle. With everything in its proper place, she can immerse herself in her work, pushing herself hard enough to keep haunting memories of her Montana youth at bay. A phone call changes all that when she is informed that her troubled younger sister, Vicky, has been found dead from exposure after a fall and a serious head wound. Flooded by regrets and guilt over her broken relationship with her sister, Alma heads back home to bring order to the chaos Vicky has left behind, and that includes finding a suitable place for Vicky's daughter, Brittany. As Alma reconnects with family and friends, and the home place itself, she begins to sense that her sister's death may not have been an accident. Caught between two worlds, Alma's heart is further confused by her feelings for Chance Murphy--the first love who never really let go. Drawn by the inescapable lure of the land and the legacy of her family's history, Alma must choose where her future lies. Can she let go of her life in Seattle and make a life in Montana, the very place from which she has run for so many years? Can she embrace her heritage as a Terrebonne and truly find peace at the home place?
The American West of the Post-WWII Era is the perfect time frame and setting for this striking tale of the eternal struggle between the greed of man,...moreThe American West of the Post-WWII Era is the perfect time frame and setting for this striking tale of the eternal struggle between the greed of man, the force of nature, and the timelessness of elemental truth. In the wild beauty of Montana, Catherine Lemay will discover, in a life-changing manner, that much of what she thought she knew of herself and the world around her was masked by pleasant illusions. Hired as an archaeologist by a power company to prove that their expansive dam project will not destroy irreplaceable historic treasures, Catherine will learn that she is expected to find nothing of significance--nothing that will impede "progress". However, what she discovers about the land, the wild horses that refuse to be vanquished, and the workings of her own heart will not be denied. John H, the man who will lead Catherine to see with new eyes and will touch her very soul, is much like the hunted horses himself. A veteran and horseman living outside of society in the refuge of the great canyon, his paintings of horses on cave walls tell an ancient, ongoing story. Rich with history, and offering an involving story line and compelling characters, "Painted Horses" is a memorable debut from author Malcolm Brooks.
At nearly thirty five years in age, childless and widowed, Marty Dandridge Olson was contemplating a major life change. Lonely, and still angry over t...moreAt nearly thirty five years in age, childless and widowed, Marty Dandridge Olson was contemplating a major life change. Lonely, and still angry over the tragic death of her husband four years earlier, Marty was considering remarriage. Not for love, not to someone with whom she had a fond acquaintance, but to a stranger who had placed a newspaper ad for a "Lone Star Bride" willing to leave Texas and move to Colorado. Jacob Wythe is a career-minded Texan making a name for himself in the banking boom in Colorado. As a bank manager, the pressure was on for him to make a suitable marriage to prove himself stable and worthy of his position. Having failed at love before, a marriage in name only seemed like a most sensible arrangement to Jake, and the widowed Marty Olson appears to be the perfect candidate. However, the best-intended plans are often derailed by unexpected twists of fate, and Marty and Jake will find themselves caught up in a challenging situation. When problems at the bank threaten Jake's job security, he longs for a return to ranching. Complicating matters are the growing feelings between Marty and Jake--along with a very big secret that Marty is keeping. Will Marty's heart lead her to be completely honest with Jake? When the truth comes out, will Jake's love be strong enough to withstand Marty's misguided betrayal? Once again, gifted author Tracie Peterson reminds us that faith can move mountains--even if it moves one hill at a time.
Author B.J. Daniels continues her highly-entertaining romantic suspense, "Beartooth, Montana", series with Book 4, "Atonement". Sheriff Dillon Lawson...moreAuthor B.J. Daniels continues her highly-entertaining romantic suspense, "Beartooth, Montana", series with Book 4, "Atonement". Sheriff Dillon Lawson and his twin brother Ethan chose quite different paths through life, and when Ethan is killed in a fiery car crash, Dillon's regret and grief runs deep. A year later, Dillon receives the surprise of his life when a very pregnant, very angry woman shows up at his ranch and mistakes him for Ethan. Tessa Winters never knew that the man who betrayed her and left her behind had a twin, but it's not hard to believe that he let his own brother believe he was dead. Dillon's joy at finding out Ethan is still alive is tempered by the knowledge that he must be in some very serious trouble--trouble which will follow Tessa and her unborn child. With all his protective instincts kicking in, Dillon moves Tessa into his ranch until he can find Ethan and secure a safe resolution for them all. Having the beautiful and intriguing mother-to-be so close and in his own home has Dillon longing for the family life he has always dreamed of having for himself. Tessa sees the physical resemblance between Ethan and Dillon, but Dillon is definitely a different kind of man--a man whom she can't help but find attractive and appealing. With unanswered questions of Ethan's whereabouts and threats surfacing to the safety of Tessa and her baby, can Dillon find the truth in time to keep them safe? Will the growing emotions and attraction between Dillon and Tessa lead to future happiness together with the new little life coming into this world? B.J. Daniels excels at creating compelling romantic suspense tales, and if you read one "Beartooth, Montana" book, you'll be hooked, and you'll greatly enjoy reading each contemporary western romantic adventure in the series.
"Joe Pickett Country", otherwise known as Wyoming, is fertile storytelling territory for author C.J. Box. "Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Count...more"Joe Pickett Country", otherwise known as Wyoming, is fertile storytelling territory for author C.J. Box. "Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country" is a marvelous mix of the familiar and the new, with a collection of contemporary tales given an added edge with a story set in the early 1800's. Four of the stories feature game warden Joe Pickett, and the known unknown of Nate Romanowski also makes its present felt. While some of the stories in this anthology have been previously published, three of them were written just for "Shots Fired". C.J. Box is a master of creating an atmospheric setting, letting the reader settle in somewhat, and then pulling out plot twists and turns that you never saw coming. Blending adventure, suspense, and imperfect humanity, and seasoning it with a dose of humor, C.J. Box keeps readers enthralled and reaching for more of his work. This entertaining assortment of vignettes is a perfect accompaniment to the author's full-length book series and stand-alone novels.
A masterfully told tale of suspense, murder and mayhem, and ultimate justice in the Old West, "The Outcasts" is a triumph for author Kathleen Kent. I...moreA masterfully told tale of suspense, murder and mayhem, and ultimate justice in the Old West, "The Outcasts" is a triumph for author Kathleen Kent. I am a lifelong lover of the Western genre, raised in a household of fellow Western lovers, and I was enthralled by the characters and story line of "The Outcasts". Anyone who truly loves Westerns knows that they are timeless, and Ms. Kent has beautifully captured all of the elements which make these stories resonate with readers. The tale begins with gold--pirate booty--rumored to be buried on a small island along the Texas Gulf Coast. The lure of this gold will pull together an increasing number of men and women, at first seemingly unconnected, but their pasts and their futures will become hopelessly entwined. Lucinda, an epilepsy-laden prostitute, places her faith and her hope for a free life in the hands of her mysterious lover, Bill, who has a plan for obtaining the golden treasure. Nate Cannon, from Oklahoma, is a newly-sworn-in Texas state policeman. Given the duty of delivering a message to Texas ranger George Deerling, Nate soon joins Deerling and his partner, Tom Goddard, on a mission to end the crime spree of a cold-blooded serial killer. The two veteran rangers have much wisdom to impart to Nate, but they themselves also learn from the young lawman. He has a way with horses that few other men can match. As Lucinda and Bill put their treasure-hunting tricks into play, Nate and the rangers are following the trail of a deadly, remorseless killer. All of them are on a course of fate which will converge their lives, and the lives of those in their path, toward a destination from which none can escape. Be prepared to read this book all in one setting. The flowing pace and the cleverness with which the author adds riveting detail to the story line will hold you in place and keep the pages turning. Superb storytelling from author Kathleen Kent.
Four very talented authors join together to form "A Match Made in Texas", a delightful collection of connected novellas. In 1893, in the small Texas t...moreFour very talented authors join together to form "A Match Made in Texas", a delightful collection of connected novellas. In 1893, in the small Texas town of Dry Gulch, a do-gooder with a well-intentioned heart goes out of her way to nudge people in the right direction, especially towards each other. Helping folks find what they need comes naturally to school teacher Hannah Taylor--it's something she's done all her life. Assisting her mother in managing their large family has made her wise in the ways of human behavior. In "A Cowboy Unmatched", by Karen Witemeyer, someone sends Neill Archer to repair Clara Danvers roof. What he discovers is a very pregnant young widow who needs emotional support that he is suddenly quite willing to give. Being with Clara, and helping her deliver her babe, brings out all his family man instincts, but can he convince Clara they are meant to be together? Author Regina Jennings tells the story of Clayton Weber, a scarred man with a troubled past who comes to Dry Gulch when he loses his horse. On his way to a land run to claim a homestead of his own, he must find a way to gain much-needed funds. When he finds a newspaper stuck in his saddlebag, a classified ad leads him to Grace O'Malley. Grace is losing her sight, and she needs help to manage her ranch. She also needs the loving care of the right man to help lead her into a happy, fulfilling life--but will Clayton change his plans to stay with Grace? In author Carol Cox's story, unexpected allies find that they are "No Match for Love". Lucy Benson finds herself with limited choices when she is beset by both strained finances and the need to find a new place to live. A persistent suitor offers marriage, but Lucy knows that is not the right answer to her problems. A train ticket from a mysterious donor sends her to work as a companion for an elderly lady determined to live out her days on the ranch she shared with her late husband. The woman's nephew, Andrew Simms, isn't sure that lovely and refined Lucy is the right person to care for his aunt, but strange circumstances find them working together to protect his aunt and safeguard the ranch. Will a burgeoning friendship blossom into something more? Finally, storyteller Mary Connealy gives the matchmaker of Dry Gulch a taste of her own medicine in "Meeting Her Match". When Hannah Taylor's mother dies in childbirth, her father and younger siblings become increasingly dependent on Hannah, leaving her to despair of ever having a life of her own. When her father unexpectedly marries the waitress from the town diner, Hannah is put out of her own home and sent to live in the room the waitress had occupied above the diner. With her world turned upside down, Hannah feels very much alone. However one person has always cared for her, but he is too shy to speak his true feelings. Marcus Whitfield, son of the local banker, cares deeply for Hannah--can he show her with his ways, as well as his words, what he feels in his heart? I am a fan of each one of these terrific authors on their own. Together, the four of them offer a real treat for readers.
"Stone Cold", author C.J. Box's fourteenth "Joe Pickett" adventure, will well-serve both devoted fans and those readers who are new to the series. Aft...more"Stone Cold", author C.J. Box's fourteenth "Joe Pickett" adventure, will well-serve both devoted fans and those readers who are new to the series. After reading "Stone Cold", the newbies will definitely dive into the first thirteen books featuring Pickett and his pals. Trying to move forward after a disastrous and deadly turn of events, Joe is still functioning as a game warden, but he is also "on hold" as a special liaison for the governor of Wyoming. When the call finally comes from the governor, Joe asks him why he was chosen for the position. The governor informs Joe that "you have the uncanny ability to irritate the right people and cause havoc", making him perfect to carry out the governor's directive. However, Joe is unprepared to learn that his assignment will involve family friend Nate Romanowski, who may be working for the very man whom Joe is sent to investigate. Complicating matters further for Joe are issues with the four women in his life: his wife, Marybeth, their two daughters, Sheridan and Lucy, and their unsettled ward, April. Pickett's penchant for stepping in potholes of trouble is in full force here, and C.J. Box's extremely entertaining storytelling keeps things moving and keeps the reader involved. A recommended series from a master of contemporary Western suspense.
Set in Kansas in the late 1800's, "What Once Was Lost" is a poignant and ultimately uplifting tale of hardship, endurance, spiritual renewal, and conn...moreSet in Kansas in the late 1800's, "What Once Was Lost" is a poignant and ultimately uplifting tale of hardship, endurance, spiritual renewal, and connecting by heart. Author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a skilled story teller whose historical detail, well-developed characters, and interesting story line will keep the reader involved until the last page is turned. After her father's death, Christina Willems assumes the responsibility for the Brambleville Asylum for the Poor, a refuge for displaced indigents. A devastating fire forces Christina and the poor house residents to find new living quarters. A young blind boy, Tommy Kilgore, is the last one to be placed, and Christina turns to an unlikely source for assistance. Levi Jonnson, the local mill owner, is a taciturn recluse who lost his faith due to a great hurt in his past. He agrees to take Tommy in on a temporary basis, and a surprising bond grows between the two, with each of them learning much from each other. As Christina works to find a way to rebuild the poor house, someone from her past is working against her. While she struggles with mounting trials and tribulations, an appreciation and attraction blooms between her and Levi. Will accepting unexpected help and support give Christina the personal encouragement she needs? Will seeing through the eyes of a young blind boy open Levi's heart and help him to see his own faith again? This story is told from the viewpoints of the different characters, and readers will be particularly touched by Tommy's "vision" of the world around him.
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In "Promise Me Texas", author Jodi Thomas returns readers to Whispering Mountain for another delightful historical western romance featuring the McMur...moreIn "Promise Me Texas", author Jodi Thomas returns readers to Whispering Mountain for another delightful historical western romance featuring the McMurray family. This time, it's the youngest McMurray daughter, Beth, who has her own rip-roaring adventure on her way to finding her heart's desire. The story begins with headstrong, willful Beth sneaking off to surprise her fiance, Congressman Lamont LaCroix as he travels by train. Dressed as a man, she plans to reveal her disguise to Lamont and finish the train ride with him. Instead, it is Beth who gets the surprise of her life as she listens to a drunken Lamont describe her and his plans for their life together to a group of army officers. After hearing his painful, humiliating words, Beth knows she can never marry him, and she plans her escape from the train. Before she can make her getaway, however, a group of men who appear to be robbers board the train, and Beth tries to think of a way to warn those on board. When the train suddenly leaves the tracks, Beth has little time to think when one of the robbers takes her with him as he leaps from the train. Andrew McLaughlin is no robber--he was on the train trying to prevent a friend from going through with the robbery. Andrew has known much loss in his life, and when he briefly regains consciousness with the beautiful Beth by his side, he thinks he is dreaming. His reality definitely takes on a dream-like state when Beth informs him that she has told everyone that he is her fiance. Then begins a strange journey on the run where Andrew will progress to being called Beth's husband, and soon they will be joined by an assortment of humanity they pick up along the way. Andrew, who is somewhat of a writer finds much material for his stories throughout their travels, but will the real story be a heartfelt romance between himself and Beth? Will the McMurrays welcome this ramshackle "family", and will they all find a true home of their own? Jodi Thomas has an engaging, exciting way of telling a story, and I love her strong female characters who turn their men inside-out and upside-down, and the men wouldn't have it any other way! Always a pleasure to visit Whispering Mountain and its inhabitants.