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Maddie's Choice

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Romance writer Maddie Taylor is fed up with New York City. She is getting nowhere with her latest manuscript and does not believe true love exists outside of her imagination. When a friend, Jonah Spartman, dies and wills her half of his Arkansas cattle ranch, she sees the chance for a new beginning. Jonah has also left behind two orphaned great-grandsons desperate for affe ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Camel Press (first published August 29th 2013)
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Kathleen Rodgers
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One glance at the cover of Joyce Zeller’s novel, “Maddie’s Choice,” and I was smitten. First by the deep golden colors of autumn and the rusty red of the barn, then by this teaser of a blurb: “An author with writer’s block finds her muse in a disheartened war hero.” As a writer myself – and a sucker for a man in uniform - I thought, “Wow, what’s not to love about this book?”

Then I began reading and tumbled “heart first” into the story. What struck me from the first page was the q
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Bea  Charmed
Maddie is a successful romance writer, living in New York, who's dealing with writers block, stress, and depression. She inherits half of a cattle ranch in Arkansas and decides that staying there for a few months while her condo is renovated might be what she needs to get out of her rut.

She's so excited to move out to Arkansas and the ranch that it never occurs to her she might not be welcome. The other co-owner is not happy that she's there or even involved and he's reluctant to be there. Gideo
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Maddie is a successful romance author. She is suffering from writers block and needs to get away from the hectic life in New York City. Her opportunity comes when she inherits half of a ranch from a friend.

Gideon ran from the ranch after high school graduation. Years spent on a special team in the military have left him hardened and suffering. He doesn't feel there is much humanity left in him. He is embittered that he has had to come back to the ranch after his grandfather's death. Not only doe
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Star
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Maddie Taylor is a well known romance author and she’s tired of the big city, her writer's block, and her passive aggressive boyfriend. When she gets notification that an old friend, Jonah Spartman, died and he’s willed her half of his Arkansas ranch. The only catch is she has to stay there for three months or she forfeits her half of the ranch to Gideon Spartman, Jonah’s grandson, who was willed the other half. Along with Gideon and the ranch hands, are Jonah’s two great-grandsons, Mark and Abe ...more
Dianne Ascroft
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I recently read Maddie’s Choice by Joyce Zeller to review as part of the author’s current blog tour.

The novel’s Amazon blurb says: “Romance writer Maddie Taylor is fed up with New York City. She is getting nowhere with her latest manuscript and does not believe true love exists outside of her imagination. When a friend, Jonah Spartman, dies and wills her half of his Arkansas cattle ranch, she sees the chance for a new beginning. Jonah has also left behind two orphaned great-grandsons desperate
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So, I Read This Book Today
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good novel
What do I like the most about this book? Hummm. Maybe it is the setting, the hills of Arkansas, south of Fayetteville? It is gorgeous there. Maybe it is Maddie herself, a gifted New York romance author, suffering from burnout, writer’s block and a bad case of boring boyfriend – who suddenly finds herself half owner of an Arkansas cattle ranch? It could, of course, be the ensemble cast of characters, a mix of quirky, scary, funny, kind, and just plain insane that ramble around the property and it ...more
Lissette
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For as long as she can remember, Maddie Taylor has wanted nothing more than to write books to her heart's content. It's the only thing that keeps her sane. She's good at writing romance novels, and does her best to engage her readers. Bringing new worlds to life is something that never gets old for her, until the moment she develops writer's block. It's then that everything changes.

Maddie's world is further turned topsy-turvy when she discovers that the late Jonah Spartman has left her half of h
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Julie Barrett
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maddie's Choice by Joyce Zeller
I wanted to read this book after reading the synopsis. Sounded like a book that would explain about how a cattle ranch runs, something I'll probably never see in my lifetime.
The story starts out with Maddie and how she lives in a condo in NYC. She had once traveled and at a diner sat and talked to Jonah and they kept in contact with one another over the years. Next thing she knows she's a published writer and things are not going so well in the boyfriend department
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Julie Barrett
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Maddie's Choice by Joyce Zeller
I wanted to read this book after reading the synopsis. Sounded like a book that would explain about how a cattle ranch runs, something I'll probably never see in my lifetime.
The story starts out with Maddie and how she lives in a condo in NYC. She had once traveled and at a diner sat and talked to Jonah and they kept in contact with one another over the years. Next thing she knows she's a published writer and things are not going so well in the boyfriend department
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Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Where I stopped reading: Page 90 on my Nook, Chapter 13.

Why I stopped reading: This book just wasn’t for me. I know this is a romance book, but I was thinking it was going to be more like chick lit romance, not the “normal” romance-type book. I don’t need to hear how hard Maddie made Gideon three times in one thought from him. The romance was cheesy and unrealistic. I don’t buy that the rough, cowboy/Army special op., tough guy would tell a woman that she “radiates passion,” that it “comes off [
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Simone
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2013
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Gideon Spartman tried his best to run away from his past. He and his brother were raised by their grandparents after their parents dropped them off one day at the ranch and never returned. Gideon fought for his grandfather’s acceptance but Jonah only had room in his heart for Gideon’s brother Zeke. Now Jonah has passed away, leaving Zeke’s boys without a guardian. Gideon, having just left the army is forced to return to the r ...more
Lenore Webb
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You never know where your life is going to end up at. No matter if your set in your ways and have it all mapped out. Life is always going to throw you a curve ball that you never expected. Somewhere, something or someone is going to make you look up and realize that there is a chance to go off the path and find a new and exciting turn. This is what I liked about Maddie's Choice by Joyce Zeller. Maddie thought she had it all planned out when from out of nowhere her life took a big left turn. A tu ...more
Gina's Library
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
This is one of those books that you stay up late reading because you just can't let go of the characters and the story.

Gideon is a man that has seen a lot in life. He suffers from PSTSD. He is sure that love is not an option for him in any aspect. That was true until the day Maddie walked into his life. No matter how hard he tried, he could not deny his attraction to her.

Maddie suffered from low self esteem. She is tired of her boring solitude life. She sees the opportunity to going to Jonah's r
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Sharon Chance
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cowboys and rustlers in Arkansas? I would have never imagined, but with the delightful novel, Maddie's Choice, author Joyce Zeller brings to life a working cattle ranch in the heart of Arkansas with her fun-filled story of romance and family.

I enjoyed every minute of reading this novel. Zeller's characters, both main and secondary, are interesting and lively, the plot is fast moving and features a mystery as well as romance, and who could resist a chocolate-loving bull as a hero!

I would love
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Jane
At the start of Maddie's Choice, Maddie has the choice of staying in New York City and continue with her depression and writer's block or go to a farm in Arkansas. She picks the fresh air of the farm in Arkansas and finds a new home with a family that needs her. Abe and Mark are boys that need a new mother, as theirs died in a plane crash and their Uncle Gideon needs Maddie, although he isn't ready for her when she shows up and being a writer stands up to him until he gives her respect. Along wi ...more
Jeanie Loiacono
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Five star review for Maddie's Choice!
“Look out Nora Roberts and Sandra Brown! This author of a certain age, (Joyce Zeller), can hang with the best of them. Her novel, “Maddies’s Choice” has it all; romance, intrigue, and suspense, all of which are delivered with a good dose of humor and insight. The characters really come alive. “Maddie’s Choice” of course, should be to continue writing romance novels since she has an extraordinary wealth of subjects in her own backyard. There could be sequel a
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Jeanie Loiacono
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a story! When you think you have it all figured out, God shakes His head and smiles. This is what happens to Maddie. This is what happens to so many of us. Maddie is a romance author with writer's block who finds out she has inherited a working cattle ranch in Arkansas. What does she know about cows or living outside of NYC? I found all the issues she runs into to be so realistic and ever so profound: orphans, hot ex-Marine, cattle rustlers, drug gangs and TRUE LOVE. God never gives you any ...more
Rev. Linda
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-fiction
This was my first novel by Joyce Zeller. The plot is about an Afghanistan black-ops veteran who returns home to the family ranch (not his own choice) to take care of his nephews after the death of their parents. Suffering from severe PTSD, he is hardly ready for the ball of fire Maddie Taylor who appears after the reading of the will. A really intense novel about the power of love to overcome past hurts and to build a future with an unlikely partner. Really enjoyed this one. The author served in ...more
Janeiowa
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well written story of a romance writer from NYC, Maddie Taylor, who inherits 1/2 of a 2000 acre cattle ranch in Arkansas. She goes to stay for 3 months to inherit, intending to hand it back to the sons. She needs the time away from NYC and to overcome her writing block.

Gideon Spartman is running the ranch, a place he hates, and is guardian to his two orphaned nephews.


Lynn Smith
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book. Loved Maddie and Gid. The children played a pretty big part in the beginning but towards the end it was almost like they were forgotten about.
Karen
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. It was different enough to make it original. I will definitely read other books by this author.
Bridget
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read

I really enjoyed this book and loved the characters. I would definitely recommend this book. With a little bit of mystery and romance, you can't go wrong.
Marilyn
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great

Great

this is as about the cost of war to our people who define us.the was it causes mental problems. the drug lords ands guzzlers.
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Joyce Zeller has written articles for a magazine and a cooking column for a chain of suburban newspapers north of Chicago. She has written five books and published two, The Hidden History of Eureka Springs, and Accidental Alien, a work of science fiction, both available on Amazon. Her short story, "Love is a Seed," is featured in Embrace: A Romance Collection, (2012 Goldmine Press).

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