May 22, 12
Read from May 09 to 22, 2012
This is book 7 in Susan Mallery's Fools Gold series. We get some fresh faces in this set of 3 books coming out this year. Rafe Stryker left Fools Gold years ago to make his way in the world and be something. He's forced back to Fools Gold when his mom is swindled by a local man when she tries to buy the ranch they used to live on years ago. Rafe and his family lived on Castle Ranch when Rafe was a kid and when his dad passed away he was forced as the oldest to work hard to take care of everyone. The man that owned the ranch at the time promised to leave the ranch to Rafe's mom. He didn't though he died and they had to leave. Now Heidi Simpson owns the ranch or at least she's making payments. She has led a life as a carny wander around the country with a slightly out there grandfather Glen to take care of her when her parents died when she was very young. The ranch is Heidi chance for a home. She's got her goats and her small business and she's making it although just barely. The her grandfather sells part of the ranch that he doesn't even own to raise money for a friend who is fighting cancer. That's when the trouble starts. Rafe comes in now all rich and successful to claim the ranch for his mom The money is gone so Heidi can't pay it back. She might lose her first and only real home. The judge decides to make them share for a while and look into the case more and that's when the fun stars. This was a fun book. Like I said there are a bunch of new characters. Heidi was introduced in a previous book but many of the other characters are new along with some old favorites. I've wondered if Ms. Mallery could keep this series fresh. It's looking pretty good she is on a good path for that. I love that Rafe nicknames Heidi "Goat Girl". Normally it's not a cute name but the way he does it, it is. There are some hard lessons some wounded hearts and souls and some fun stuff too. Rafe's mom is a hoot with all her crazy animals she adopts. Can't wait to see where this series goes next! 4 out of 5 Modokker Book Pick stars for Summer Days by Susan Mallery.