Bringing forward supporting character Officer Cassie Dewell from his stunning prior work, "The Highway", author C.J. Box moves Cassie from Montana toBringing forward supporting character Officer Cassie Dewell from his stunning prior work, "The Highway", author C.J. Box moves Cassie from Montana to the "Badlands" of Grimstad, North Dakota. Assuming the position of Deputy Sheriff of Grimstad, Cassie faces the crimes and misdemeanors associated with the money, drugs, and power plays of the oil business. After two years of tracking, she will also come face-to-face with "The Lizard King", a heinous serial killer who used the miles and miles of endless asphalt as his own personal hunting ground. He had also murdered Cassie's partner, Cody Hoyt. Into the mix comes twelve-year old Kyle Westergaard--a newspaper carrier traveling his route on his bicycle who witnesses a life-ending and life-changing accident. While the world sees Kyle as "slow", he has greater perception and depth of observation than the world acknowledges. Kyle also has his own agenda. With his usual superb storytelling, C.J. Box parlays paralyzing cold, rugged landscapes, compelling characterizations, and an involving storyline into a winning feature tale for Cassie Dewell, whom we hope to see again in her own future adventures.
"Black River", with its immediate sense of place, compelling storyline, and memorable characters, is a remarkable debut work from author S.M. Hulse. L"Black River", with its immediate sense of place, compelling storyline, and memorable characters, is a remarkable debut work from author S.M. Hulse. Like the men before him in his family, Wes Carver was a correctional officer for the Montana State Prison, which was located not far from his small home town of Black River. During a prison riot, Wes was tortured and maimed, losing his ability to play his beloved fiddle. Wes and his wife Claire eventually moved from Black River, leaving behind not only the prison, but also Claire's troubled teenaged son, Dennis. Years later, just before Claire's death from leukemia, she requests to go home to Black River. Wes complies, but Claire passes away before they can make it, and Wes travels home with the silent companionship of Claire's ashes. A tense reunion with Dennis is compounded by the upcoming parole hearing for Bobby Williams, the man who had forever changed life for Wes and his family. Can Wes live with whatever the verdict may be, even if the outcome is the unthinkable? Will he find a way to begin healing himself and finding some sense of peace, or will the cycle of violence remain unbroken? "Black River" is a quick, involving read that will leave a lasting impression.
"Under a Turquoise Sky" is an involving, inspiring romantic suspense tale from author Lisa Carter. Aaron Yazzie, known as Rafael Chavez in his guise a"Under a Turquoise Sky" is an involving, inspiring romantic suspense tale from author Lisa Carter. Aaron Yazzie, known as Rafael Chavez in his guise as an undercover FBI agent, had a tough beginning in life, one he had never forgotten. Despite the love and spiritual teaching of his adoptive parents, bitterness ran deep in him over all he had seen and experienced. The last thing he needed or wanted was to be saddled with safeguarding a federal witness until she could testify against the drug king who had murdered her friend--the drug lord's own wife--before her eyes. Kailyn Eudailey is a spirited, blonde and beautiful southern belle from a privileged background. She and Aaron appear to be extreme opposites, barely able to tolerate each other, yet stuck together on a dangerous flight from the evil which will stop at nothing to silence Kailyn. A promise to Aaron's dying father, a US Marshal, keeps Aaron bound to protecting Kailyn with all means at his disposal. He heads back to his roots in the Southwest, taking Kailyn and her small dog to the Navajo Nation where he was born. With contracts out on both their lives, they must evade the ever-approaching danger and learn to deal with the differences between the two of them. But will those differences, along with a growing respect and fondness, lead to something more? If they survive, is there a chance that their futures will be blessed by abiding faith and lasting love? Readers will also greatly enjoy "Beneath a Navajo Moon" from author Lisa Carter.
A young woman born into Texas wealth and privilege seeks to resolve a "Matter of Heart" in the third and concluding book in author Tracie Peterson's "A young woman born into Texas wealth and privilege seeks to resolve a "Matter of Heart" in the third and concluding book in author Tracie Peterson's "Lone Star Brides" series. Jessica Atherton had anticipated marriage with the man who had won her heart, but when he chose another, she was left feeling adrift and unsure of herself. Her enjoyment of the finer things of life is in conflict with nagging insights that there may be more to life than creature comforts and leisure. Two very different young gentlemen soon come into her life, but only one can find the key to unlock her heart. Will it be Harrison Gable, a lawyer whose success leads to greater ambitions? Or will it be Austin Todd, a former Secret Service agent now working with the Texas Rangers? As Jess learns more about both Harrison and Gable, she learns much about herself, and more and more, she seeks true faith. Both men have claimed her attention, but only one man will claim her love and share her future. "A Matter of Heart" is a lovely conclusion to a very worthwhile inspirational historical romance series from author Tracie Peterson.
Told in first-person, and made eminently readable by the great appeal of the protagonist's voice as a character, "Far as the Eye Can See" is an entertTold in first-person, and made eminently readable by the great appeal of the protagonist's voice as a character, "Far as the Eye Can See" is an entertaining historical western from author Robert Bausch. As Bobby Hale leaves behind the remains of the Civil War, his intended journey to California will take many an unexpected side route. An encounter with a young woman of mixed White and Indian ancestry will change his life in ways he never imagined. Known as "Ink", the woman first crossed his path on the trail, and thinking she was a man about to attack him, he shot her. While nursing her back to health, he discovers that she speaks English, and they become traveling companions on an eventful, fateful journey. Set in an era of inescapable violence, a time in American History when the land was stained with blood and tears from coast to coast, the story line is enhanced by the simple, evocative, descriptive narrative by Bobby Hale. Recommended for lovers of American History and the Old West.
The more I read of "Beneath a Navajo Moon", from author Lisa Carter, the more involved I became with the spiritual and emotional and physical challengThe more I read of "Beneath a Navajo Moon", from author Lisa Carter, the more involved I became with the spiritual and emotional and physical challenges facing the characters. While the book features a strong, intelligent heroine, it was the troubled and tormented hero who really drew me into the story line. Erin Dawson, a graduate student working on her doctoral dissertations, has come to Cedar Canyon, Arizona to research her heart's quest. Long fascinated with the partial history of Olivia Thornton, a teacher at the Cedar Canyon Mission School in the early 1900's, Erin is determined to unearth the complete truth about the woman who haunts her thoughts. As the legend was told, Olivia was captured by a Navajo warrior, Silver Eagle, on the day the Navajos came to release their children who were forced to attend the Christian mission school. Lives were lost and the school never reopened, and Olivia lived among the Navajo for a time before being reunited with her own people. However, a great love had grown between Olivia and Silver Eagle, and eventually, she returned to the West to look for him. Erin could not rest until she found out if the unlikely sweethearts had found a happy-ever-after. Adam Silverhorn is a Navajo tribal policeman, a native son torn between the strong pull of the past, and the modern-day threat of the criminal element thriving in the Navajo Nation. Adam is handsome, charismatic, and the grandson of Hershal Begay, a tribal leader who operates on his own side of the law, fueled by his hatred of the white people and their government. Hershal's greatest desire is to turn Adam to his twisted way of thinking, and to have Adam leave law enforcement behind and take over the Begay empire. Meeting Erin, a woman of faith and compassion, has Adam longing for a different kind of life--and his feelings are shared by Erin. More than cultural differences are keeping them apart--Adam is secretly working undercover to bring down a meth lab being run on tribal land, and must act his role of playboy and bad boy until his assignment is complete. Adam tries to stay away from Erin, but her sweet strength and spirituality call out to his needy soul. Their connection proves to a dangerous one, and enemies are all around them--enemies who are all too ready to keep them apart at any cost. Will an abiding faith and a lasting love bloom in the midst of great turmoil and tribulation? Will Adam and Erin, and those they hold dear, survive and find a future of peace and fulfillment? "Beneath a Navajo Moon" is a compelling and suspenseful inspirational romance which touches on many thought-provoking issues.
Bringing forward characters and story line from his debut work, "The Terror of Living", author Urban Waite creates a suspenseful sequel in "SometimesBringing 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".
Eager to meet her groom and begin her new life, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell leaves her home in Pennsylvania to travel to the small western town ofEager to meet her groom and begin her new life, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell leaves her home in Pennsylvania to travel to the small western town of Salt Flats, Kansas a week earlier than expected. An unfortunate and untimely choice, as her train is robbed, and she is roughed-up and relieved of her dowry. Needing medical attention when arrives in Salt Flats, her injuries are tended by Will Stanton, a store owner who hopes to become a doctor. When it becomes clear that Eliza is the mail-order bride of Will's business partner in the Men's Emporium, Axel Langston, Will feels compelled to offer assistance to Eliza while Axel is out of town. Her business sense proves to be acute, and she becomes "A Bride in Store", waiting for the return of her fiancé in author Melissa Jagears engaging and entertaining inspirational historical romance. As they work together and wait for Axel's return, a friendship with a longing for something more begins to grown between Eliza and Will. When Axel finally reappears, his first meeting with Eliza is awkward and not what she had imagined. Seeing that Eliza is a boon to his business, Axel quickly pushes forward their nuptials. However, Axel is a far more complex and cunning man than anyone suspected. The depth of his deceptions will have far-reaching consequences, and it will take a leap of faith and great personal growth for Eliza and Will to overcome their tribulations. Out of all they must endure and overcome, can true love find its way? Is a happy future to be theirs to keep? A well-written inspirational historical romance featuring compelling characters and an involving story line.
Told in a straight-forward, no-frills style, "Larabee's Luck" is an enjoyable, involving, historical western romance from author Jane McBride Choate.Told 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.