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Ride the Rainbow Home

(Rainbow Rock #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Meg Taylor has never thought of Rainbow Rock, Arizona as home. The daughter of a serial-marrying mother, Meg has lived in many places—and most of them were kinder than this little town where she was the principal’s daughter. She returns after ten years only to help a dear high school friend.

Startled by the changes, Meg is pleased to see that her other high school buddy,
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by Montlake Romance (first published January 7th 1995)
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You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA
Rose Maniscalco
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an ok read for me.

It is a super sweet romance and while there is nothing wrong with that type of book, it can sometimes make it hard to feel any kind of chemistry between the main characters. Meg comes back to the small town of Rainbow Rock to help her friend with her 4 children while her husband travels for work. Most of her memories of Rainbow Rock were not very good, except for her two friends. She meets her old friend Jim, who has changed from a scrawny boy into a big, h
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I just finished enjoying RIDE THE RAINBOW HOME and wish I had more book. Susan Aylworth almost made me appreciate the desert. The fault is not hers. I LIVE in the desert and long for the green of home. I've performed in Holbrook, a small town in the book, plus driving through the reservation regularly. Susan makes that area come alive as it hasn't before, for me. She paints a gorgeous picture of the northern Arizona wilds.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. I've got friends
P Karr
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Ride the Rainbow Home is like a Hallmark movie. I cannot really explain what that means, or that it means something in particular. There are some books or movies that have a certain vibe. They are about family, or the choices people make, and are generally set in a pretty town. Maybe they offer some escapism and provide insight at the same time? So anyway, the book began pretty well, with a young successful businesswoman driving home to a small Arizona town for a high school reunion.

Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book ended up being a nice surprise. At first, I thought it was going to be just a cheesey romance. It was definitely a romance (a slightly steamy one, but ultimately clean), but it had other elements that made it truly shine.
I really liked the overarching theme of what it means to find someplace to call home, and it made me examine my own concepts of that word. I also really appreciated the snippets of Navajo culture interspersed in the novel.
All-in-all, I was very pleased with
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Meg was returning to Rainbow Rock. She had left 10 years ago and never looked back. But her best friend, Sally called and needed her help. She just had twins and with two other kids under five she was overwhelmed. Sally's husband had to get beck to work but it would take him away from home during the week. Plus their ten year class reunion was coming up. So Meg agreed to come help her friend for six weeks. But she didn't know that Jim was still there. The third member of their 'three musketeers' ...more
sue ann vanderpool
A Thought Provoking, Delightful Story

So good I've read this book many times over the years. The story addresses life values but is not preachy or in your face. Actually it is as soft as the Red Rock colors on a hot summer day. Not so good time in high school evolves into a love story. The reverence for other cultures beauty and art reminds me of the time I have spent on the Hopi medals and the Navajo Nation. There are life's lessons to be learned. In fact there are study questions which make
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
I rarely read romance novels but finished this one in one sitting. Such a wonderfully unstress-full book! Not sure if that is part of the genre, but I loved the fact that obstacles were practically non-existent and there was nothing to worry about. No misunderstandings, no fights to be resolved, no mysteries. Sort of like playing Bejeweled in Zen mode -- no timer, no running out of moves.... Just a relaxing read. Your mileage may vary but an easy read was exactly what the doctor ordered when I p ...more
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an inspirational romance in that it highlights all that is good and wonderful about home and family. It is very clean. The main character grew up without a strong family therefore she doesn't understand how much a family can mean to her. As her love for an old friend grows, so does her understanding of what is really important in life. These themes make this an outstanding book. I am looking forward to reading more in the rainbow rock series.
I enjoyed this very much. I liked the voice, the plot and the characters. It's set in a small town, but luckily without the cast of bizarre characters most authors populate those with.The road Meg has to travel to understand what she really wants and is capable of is believable, as is the romance with Jim, who knows exactly who he is and what he wants.I'll certainly be reading more by this author.
InD'tale Magazine

This story takes a tender look at the melancholy reminiscence of high school, growing up and moving on with such sweet care that one cannot help but be enchanted!

Read full review in the 2012 October issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Kelly Nelson
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable inspirational romance. I particularly liked the insight the author gave on the Native American people and life on the reservation. The setting was beautiful and the characters likable and empathetic. I could related to the high-school-reunion/going-back-home drama. What a fun scene. All in all, a fun Southwestern romance, and at least for now, it is free on Kindle.
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Meg returns to the unhappy town of her childhood to help her best friend after giving birth to twins--just in time for their 10-year High School Reunion. One of the major themes of this book is the idea of "Home" and how each of us defines it. Another theme is the idea of change through time. The third theme is stereotyping.
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Everyone searches for meaning in life and a place of belonging, a place to call home. I enjoyed how the author put the book together. This book wasn't at all cheesy like some romance books can be. definitely a good read!
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked this book. I read the Kindle version of it. It was an interesting story. This is the first book in the Rainbow Rock series. It tells about Jim and Meg. They were childhood friends until Meg moved away. Now she has come back to Rainbow Rock.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful love story that makes you want to find the town of Rainbow Rock.

tender, loving, sweet romance. A book I would recommend to all my family and friends. A welcome change from the popular and graphic sex book.
Danielle Zwissler
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This was a very good, well written inspirational romance. I love the native american elements that were woven in and I loved the characters. Overall, wondeful romance that will get your heart beating a little more. I found myself wishing it were longer. Great book, great author...

Bette Hansen
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Nice read about a young woman returning to a town that holds many uncomfortable memories. But falling in love with a long time friend helps her forget some of those memories and have her wanting to make new memories. Recommended.
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Clean romance. I learned a lot about the Navajo and Hopi cultures and about Arizona. I got tired of the descriptions of the sexy Jim. It seemed like that's all Meg based her love on--his beautiful body. But it was all right for a fast read.
Shelley Chastagner
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Clean romance. Likeable hero. Heroine's vasilating on every decision got a bit tiring but she redeems herself. Great free read. I will definately be adding books 2 through 6 of the Rainbow Rock Series to my collection.
Barb Wittwer
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story about facing your fears and insecurities. I loved the descriptive writing about the beautiful desert and it's people. I especially loved the family values and traditions it talked about. Great read!
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: clean-romance
Clean Romance Downloaded for free. Finished it, but it was pretty boring.
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: clean-romance
This was a sweet Southwestern delight. It was an interesting sketch. The clean romance had good chemistry!
Karen Gregory
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet love tale, I would own this book for it's easy reading and testament to true love.
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Good read for the most part...
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Simple, clean, unrealistic romance. Not a lot of depth but not really expected with this type of book. Enjoyable but just OK.
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I want more of this author! Another tasteful, non-porn love story with an actual plot! Well written, proper use of grammar and very few typos. I LOVE IT!
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it

This is a fast read. It is a romance story that is clean, enjoyable, but also predictable. I didn't have to think too much as I read this which makes it perfect for a summer read.
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
should be 5 stars. I really injoyed reading this book.
Nov 19, 2013 added it
Shelves: romance
I did not find the plot sufficiently compelling so did not finish the book.
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Susan Aylworth loves books, poems, plays, words in almost all polite forms, and good raspberry jam. Her first book, started when she was nine, "was a rip-off of Black Beauty. I wrote eight whole pages." For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become "a rich and famous author." Decades later, she is pleased to have achieved the 'author' part of that goal.

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