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Letters from Peaceful Lane

(New Americana #3)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  65 reviews
In the rugged Ozarks of beautiful Branson, Missouri, a woman struggles to save her marriage--and finds answers from an unexpected source . . .

Allison felt like she'd stepped into a fairy tale when she married widower Burke Caldwell. But after less than a year of marriage, he's become removed and distant. His friends see Allison as little more than a trophy wife, his
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Zebra
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Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a quick easy romance novel with a nice, even though unbelievable, story and several interesting characters. The main characters are Allison, the new younger wife who is perceived to be a 'trophy wife' but has hidden strengths and lots of love for her husband Burke. Burke owns a theater in Branson MS that has fallen on hard times and he needs a loan to revitalize the theater. His daughter Brianna is a spoiled college student who doesn't like his new wife, Allison. And then we have Kate, ...more
Feb 04, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Letters From Peaceful Lane is a romance story. Janet Dailey books are always hit or miss for me. This one was a miss. I had trouble believing some parts of the story. I didn't connect with the characters. It just wasn't for me. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Maureen Timerman
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
As I was devouring this read, I had to wonder if all would survive until the last page was turned.
A major accident, the mob, a new trophy wife, a step-mother, a college daughter, just a few of the plots of this book.
Was the accident just an accident? Well, the more you look into Burke’s company, the more you will wonder.
The title of this read, is another sub-plot, and it allows Allison to come to love her husband’s deceased wife. Got your attention, yes, and what a relationship and bond they see
E-Reader Addict
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
You know the saying about not judging a book by its cover? Maybe we should also add “Don’t judge a book by its title” because OMG this book was NOTHING like what I was expecting. And this time, it wasn’t a bad thing!

Allison fell deeply in love with - and married - rich widower, Burke. But things have been strained lately. Unbeknownst to Allison, Burke’s theater in Branson, Missouri is struggling financially, and she only finds out when his business partner lets the info slip after Burke leaves i
Shoshana Frank
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Allison is struggling to find her place in the established life of her new husband, Burke and his 19 year old daughter, Brianna. Burke’s friends constantly compare Allison to his beloved late wife, Kate, and Brianna sees her as the wicked witch of the west. After a terrible car accident Burke is left helpless in the hospital and his company in turmoil. During this crisis, Allison stumbles upon letters from Kate, she begins to read them in an effort to gain insight and find a way to create a happ ...more
Donna Hines
Allison felt like her life was all rainbows and roses but looks are deceiving.
Burke was married before to Kate however there was something else to his story something he didn't truly share.
After his tragic car crash Allison his trophy wife began to explore and located Kate's letters to her husband.
They were intimate, detailed, and personal and she wondered if she even had a right to the information but it was after all her husband.
Burke wanted his first wife Kate after the crash and she felt she
Lady Em
Plagiarism, especially when it is unrepentant, should never be rewarded.
Madoka Kamimura Mason
Janet Dailey gives us a story of love, second chances, and courage. We find Allison Caldwell out on the balcony while everyone else is inside celebrating her husband's birthday. She overhears the guests as they criticize her party, her redecorating, and her marriage. She is constantly being compared to the first Mrs. Caldwell by his friends and family and not to mention being called Kate by her own husband at times of stress. What started out as a quick trip to the office missing his own birthda ...more
Apr 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, loser-hero
The story of a woman who saves her marriage after reading the letters her husband's late wife wrote to him ....
H treats h as a trophy wife; apparently she was a deprived child so he wants to give her everything ... he is very much in love with her or so its said ...
h is happy to spend money redecorating H's house but decides a year later that she wants his time and attention more than his money ... she didn't know he was having financial difficulties and of course she wanted to have her dream h
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-authors, reviewd
Allison Caldwell is taking a break from her husband's birthday party and the snide remarks from his friends and family about his trophy wife and hearing about the perfect first wife, not knowing that by the next morning her life will take a drastic change. Can she save her marriage, her husband's business and win over her step-daughter along with dealing with the ghost of the perfect deceased first wife? Will letters from the first wife help her to make it through the disaster her life is becomi ...more
Vickie Paye
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Allison is married to Burke Caldwell, a wealthy, handsome, widower who has a 19 year old daughter, Brianna, from his first marriage to Kate, who died of cancer. Brianna isn't happy about the marriage, and obviously his friends aren't either....They call her the "trophy wife" and constantly compare her to Kate. Kate was better at everything.
Allison is trying her best to be a good wife. Burke has given her free rein to redecorate the house, and when she throws him a huge birthday party in an atte
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Letters from Peaceful Lane is a wonderful novel of healing and unexpected strength. Allison is still struggling to fit in as the wife of Burke Caldwell, a successful man more than ten years her senior. While Burke's friends and daughter think of Allison as his trophy wife, Allison struggles to prove to them that she is deeply in love with the man - and to move away from the shadow of Kate, her husband's late first wife. When Burke is nearly killed in an accident, Allison is determined to pro
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Branson,Missouri Oct
The book starts with Allison looking out over the lake.Inside there is a party for her husband's 47th birthday.Her husband's friends refer to her as the trophy wife being in her early to mid thirties.They also say she's going through his money quick.I agree with Allison that sometimes you fall in love with an unexpected person like someone older then you .Her husband's theater business is expecting financial problems.
Brianna is riding a motorcycle with Liam
I really enjoyed “Letters from Peaceful Lane” by Janet Dailey and I found it exceptionally moving.

It was a lovely story about two people, Allison and Burke, whose love is constantly questioned by family and friends.

In this book about growth, courage, and second chances,
Allison was Burke’s second wife, however, she lived in the shadow of Burke’s first marriage to Kate, as far as all his friends were concerned. She discovered some letters written to Burke from Kate and this revealed the person Ka
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frist I won this from Goodreads give away.

Found this to be a quike and easy read. The author brings you into the story
and hold your interest. There are some twist and turns that you don't expect.

We meet Allison who is the new wife of an older widow. She over hears his friend's
at a party they throw call her a trophy wife. This upsets her. She seems to be under
the show of his dead wife and to top it her step daughter does not like her. She thinks
that Allison is after her father's money.

Allison ha
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Allison and Burke Caldwell seem to have the perfect life until an accident crashes the fairytale.

Allison knew when she married businessman Burke Caldwell the rumors would fly. His friends compared her to his deceased wife and found her wanting, while Burke’s 19 yr old daughter resented Allison’s place in her father’s life.

It all came to a head when Burke crashes his car after an argument with Allison and is left in serious condition. At the same time, Allison learns his theatre business is in da
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recently began to question the need for the New Americana series of novels by Janet Dailey. It's not that the novels haven't been good, it's the idea that sometimes it feels like a been there, done that project in a world of movie remakes and reimaginings of classic novels.

I enjoyed the first two books in the New Americana series, but I loved LETTERS FROM PEACEFUL LANE. Maybe it's because I'm familiar with the area and recognize landmarks. Maybe it's because I'm at the age where second chance
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it hard to relate to the main character Allison, who married a widower and then wasn’t really sure of her place in his established life. Allison was just so unsure of herself and emotional — and maybe that’s how a person often feels in her situation. I’ve just never been in it.

Anyway, Allison gets a hold of letters written from the now deceased wife to her husband, and she uses those letters as a guide — finding out that she and the deceased have quite a bit in common.

This is a sweet s
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this book. It's style is vintage Janet Dailey but with all the modern conveniences. Allison loves Burke and after they are married his friends and family are still critical and think she's a gold digger. Even Burke is becoming a little distant. When he is hurt in an accident she pours all her love into helping him recover and ignoring all the talk about Kate, his first beloved wife. When Allison discovers a box of letters written by Kate after she discovered she had terminal cancer she f ...more
Denice Langley
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books by Janet Daily can be counted on to take the reader out of their everyday life. She gives her characters time to develop their story and weaves in a back story or two, or three in this case, that keeps the reader interested and turning pages.
This story is set in Branson, Missouri. A place that is familiar enough to most readers that they can easily picture the homes and theaters featured here. I'm not sure how many mobsters are in Branson, but we had to have a bad guy, so why not a mobste
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'm usually more enthused about a Dailey book, however this one was just missing the zing. Allison is a strong woman married to a strong headed widower with his own business. Burke has an accident which calls for Allison to step up and be more than the trophy wife. She snoops around and finds letters from his first wife, learning secrets and treasures. It seemed as if she didn't know her husband and never got to know her stepdaughter before the wedding. There are trust issues with an employee bu ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable book.
Allison is a woman who is married to a widower and is tired of being compared to her husbands late wife, Kate. Her husband, Burke, gets into a car accident and tries to convince her to divorce him since his company is going under. In the meantime, his business partner, Garrett, is trying to convince her to make decisions for her husband.
Burke’s daughter, Brianna, dislikes her stepmother and comes home to see her father. She is dating an older man, Liam, and wants her f
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Letters from Peaceful Lane is a story of a woman who married a widower, but can't seem to shake the shadow of his first wife. When an accident happens, she is forced to make some difficult decisions, and many of them without her husband's knowledge.
I found this story to be a little too pat, with everything getting resolved very quickly. The good part of that is the story was over soon, and didn't drag on. There was a nice outcome to the story, but there was never any real drama. When Allison, th
Ann Green
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Especially in this age of blended families, we all need a little "Kate" in our lives to help us better understand our family and friends. Instead of trying to compete with her husband's dead wife, when she stumbles upon some letters from Kate and her new husband, Burke, Allison embraces the chance to get to know him better through her unexpected find. The letters surface just when a terrible car crash leaves Burke badly injured. Will this new wisdom help this family heal, including Burke's teen ...more
Paula Pugh
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Janet Daily writes such pleasing and engaging novels that reach hearts and capture interest.
A strong devoted wife is the center of Letters from Peaceful Lane, a wife who refused to give up or give in. Against a scrupulous business partner, a belligerent teen step-daughter and a , seemingly, distant husband, Allison Caldwell fights to save her marriage and her husband’s business. All the while she is learning clues to her husband from letters she finds from his deceased first wife.
I voluntarily
Louise Wardell
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh the life of a second wife. Allison thought she found the perfect marriage, in less than a year everything felt different. Burke her husband has become distant, his friends fell she is just a trophy wife and his daughter feels she is the enemy. Allison finds the letters Kate, Burke's wife, wrote to Burke and reads them giving her insight into her husband. . Allison has a hard time competing with Kate's power that she still holds over friends and family. After Burke's accident Allison has to be ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Honestly, this one missed for me on both the level of a romance and a thriller. Everything was a little too bland and underdeveloped to actually raise any tension in the story. It was a quick little summer read but I didn't really believe in or get attached to any character. Bland reading, although happy enough ending.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Janet Dailey for pitting this on goodreads, this is where I won the book. Very easy read about being the second wife. Things are never easy trying to compete with the memories of the first wife. Having a stepdaughter is not easy. There are ups and downs but Allison is a strong woman, stronger than people think.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
An old friend

I used to read each Janet Dailey book as soon as it came out. For some reason I just moved on to other authors and when I bought my first kindle i really branched out in my reading. This book was well written but I didn't give it give it 5 stars because I didn't like the ending at all. It was rushed and abruptly ended.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was just a really enjoyable easy read that I couldn’t put down. There was plenty of detail but the story moved quickly and didn’t drag on unnecessarily. The characters were well developed and three-dimensional. It’s not a life-changing book, but a true leisurely read.
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Janet Anne Haradon Dailey was an American author of numerous romance novels as Janet Dailey (her married name). Her novels have been translated into nineteen languages and have sold over 300 million copies worldwide.

Born in 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa, she attended secretarial school in Omaha, Nebraska before meeting her husband, Bill. Bill and Janet worked together in construction and land developme

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