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A Taste Of Heaven

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,197 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
Libby Ross fled betrayal and heartbreak in Chicago when she headed to Montana expecting a new start, children, and a good place to raise them. Instead she learned that she has been duped again by the cowboy who made her his mail-order bride. He died, leaving her with no money, nowhere to go, and no resources but her own ingenuity. Then she learned about the Lodestar Ranch ...more
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published August 29th 2010 (first published 1996)
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May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Libby Ross fled betrayal and heartbreak in Chicago when she headed to Montana expecting a new start, children, and a good place to raise them. Instead she learned that she has been duped again by the cowboy who made her his mail-order bride. He died, leaving her with no money, nowhere to go, and no resources but her own ingenuity. Then she learned about the Lodestar Ranch and its owner, Tyler Hollins.

I enjoyed this one. Libby has had a hard life. After a betrayal in Chicago she left
Aug 23, 2016 rated it liked it
3 I want my own Tyler stars

I am thinking about how to review this way too long, my reviewing muscles still atrofied.

Western is usually my choice when I need a break, even from my own line of reading, time to sort my thoughts out for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it works like a charm. In the best occasions it moves me deeply. There is just something about the vastness of the lands and the extreme life conditions of both Indians and colonists that pulls something in me behind the visual imagin
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a story about forgiveness, acceptance, second chances at love and building a family and a happy life.

What I loved about this story:
1. Good pacing.
2. Dual POV.
3. There was more story after the couple became a couple.
4. A little humor.
5. I loved the whole cast of characters.
6. Libby. She had a backbone and wasn't a wimpy, weak heroine. She had a good balance about her and was very likable.
7. Tyler. He was broody and standoffish for a bit but I really liked how he was written too.
8. This
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
I had three reasons to pick this book: many positive reviews, I was on my little "western historical romance binge", and I read and liked couple of other books by the author. Well, it turned out to be very predictable, run of the mill, sugary-sweet story. We have our destitute mail-order bride coming from Chicago to the Montana frontier with one variation. Turned out, her husband was a very old man, who lived on the small isolated ranch 15 miles from a nearest town and needed a nurse more than a ...more
Laura V.
Me están gustando mucho las historias de esta autora. Logra decir mucho en su forma de narrar las cosas.
En esta oportunidad tenemos a Tyler y a Libby. Ambos no son lo que el otro esperaba, pero se llenan de una forma que ninguna otra persona hubiera podido haber hecho.
Tyler al principio, se resiste tanto a tener a Libby cerca que resulta fácil ver el cambio que se da luego en él. Su mente está llena de recuerdos y remordimientos del pasado y no quiere a ninguna mujer que le haga pensar en ello.
I really enjoyed this book. Both the hero and heroine were very likeable. I loved the fact that the heroine was strong, smart and hard-working. What I loved the most was the build up, wistful gazes across the room, glowering, fleeting brushes of hands,... Sometimes, I find that hotter than the hottest sex scene.

P.S. There is no rape or attempt of rape by anyone. Cheating? Decide for yourself whether this is cheating (view spoiler)
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The book starts out strong but sort of fizzles. I would give this 3 1/2 stars if possible. It was an entertaining read, the romance was good, characters well defined, good steamy scenes... but there was just something missing in the middle of the book that fell flat for me.
Suzanne Barrett
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Liberty Ross has just buried her husband on the desolate Montana plains. She’d traveled out from Chicago as a mail-order bride, and a mere four months later, her husband has succumbed to pneumonia. Now she must drive the rickety wagon to the nearest town to catch a train back to Chicago. But when she arrives, she discovers she hasn’t enough money to buy a ticket.

Her dilemma is solved when two ranch hands overhear the situation and ask her to come back to the ranch. Seems their cook was fired and
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book could have been so much better, but it read as a very amateurish venture. It's like the author was just trying to hit all the elements someone told her to, but didn't think about how those elements worked in her plot.

Libby is an orphaned cook from Chicago who made the mistake of thinking the young master of the house loved her. She got caught while he was in the process of sexually assaulting her and was kicked out of the house. So she answers a fraudulent mail-order bride ad from a 70
Libby hasn't had an easy life and it doesn't look like it's going to get any easier. Her husband is dead and no one to turn to, she makes the decision to return to Chicago but doesn't have the funds. Working at the local brothel isn't something she wants to consider. When the opportunity to work as a cook at a local ranch comes up she takes it. Nice little romance between Libby and the ranch owner, Tyler. Both Libby and Tyler have a few issues they must deal with. There are a few heart-wrenching ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved all 747 pages of this book.
The book starts with Libby describing how grueling burying her husband is at the end of the worst blizzard in Montana history (1887). From that scene on the book kept me engaged.
Both Libby and Tyler have secrets from their pasts that are keeping them from opening their hearts to someone. Great love story!
I own this book on my Nook.
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. We get a real good sense about living on a big ranch and the rough travels of a cattle drive. I did feel that some parts moved a bit slow but I liked how the relationships took time to develop. I look forward to reading more by this author.

3.5 Stars
Mayte Urse
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Elsa Bravante
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela muy sencilla situada en el oeste americano, bien narrada, algunas veces apetece un libro asì.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Well wasn't that just as saccharine and "perfect" as can be? This book is like cotton candy. Insubstantial, fluffy, sugary, artificially-flavored, and delicious if you're in the mood for something with absolutely no nutritional value (and are willing to risk the possible sideffects).

Or somewhat unsatisfying if you want something richer. Depends on what mood you're in.
Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, ebook
So good! I cried, I laughed, and I worried. This book starts out with a winter storm so bleak and cold and a woman digging a grave. Both characters have heartbreaking back stories but both prove to be stronger than they appear.
I'm not usually a crier-nor happy to cry on a book even when I do-but this was a welcomed exception... This book was sooo goood & deeeep it went straight to my heart.
O-M-G!! :jumping around in delirium:

p.s I'll write a better review when I recover and calm down (which might be never, hehe).
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ella es maravillosa. Fuerte, tierna, segura,..... Una auténtica mujer de su época. Y él es , Grrrrr.
ken fussell
May 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
A Taste of Heaven

It was a joy to read this book about two lost souls; both of them hurt to the bone and afraid to trust ,to love again .
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great romance.

This story was a real western romance. It was exciting without being too unrealistic. Loved the tortured hero. Kept me up all night
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Weak hero and his relationship with 'madame'. Heroine kept referring to how handsome he almost on every page. Superficial relationship and MC 'S
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can safely say this novel accomplishes the best feature of romances: a fantastic emotional journey. I felt every tear, kiss, and event. The connection between Libby and Tyler almost leaps off the page; the reader is sucked into every scene between these two and feels every confrontation, heartache, and gorgeous romantic scene. I also enjoyed how the author concentrated on actually building a relationship first, before the sexy times occur in force. Yeah, there's enough UST to make my Kindle me ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Eh. I got this book because I was in the mood for a western historical romance. I'm STILL devastated that LaVyrle Spencer retired, and have never found a romance author that has the same magic as she had. This one looked ok, and I was able to download a sample before buying the entire book. Obviously, the sample was good enough that I bought the rest to finish it, but by the end, I wasn't all that impressed. It was readable, but by the end, I felt like it incorporated all the typical romance tro ...more
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book while looking for another book, and liked the title. However, I almost didn't purchase the book, because a number of the reviews mentioned that there were "so many typos." I found that this was NOT the case.

I enjoyed Libby Ross' character. She was strong for a woman that had been through several hard hitting life betrayals, yet it seems that she could still hold her head up and smile. She had a delicateness about her but was definitely not afraid of work. The only time I
Tanya T
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another first time author for me. I really enjoyed this book. I've always been a sucker for a good western historical romance with cowboys involved!
Libby Ross comes to Montana hoping for a new start as a mail order bride only she's been duped into a marriage and living conditions that were not as her intended groom described, he turns out to be atleast 30+years older than her and lives on a rundown ranch in the middle of nowhere. He ends up ill that first winter and dies, leaving Libby with no m
I loved this book!

The story was breathtaking... It was well paced, definitely intriguing me from the get go and had me turning the pages.

I felt an instant connection with Libby she should have been broken but she found this strength deep within her. I felt every emotion she had in this book and I loved it.

My heart broke for Tyler and his locked up heart. He was a jerk in the beginning and very hurtful and although it hurt Libby you couldn't help but feel for him. He definitely redeems himself
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
A mail-order bride deceived into marrying a septuagenarian, Liberty Ross is at a loss when he dies of pneumonia after a particularly brutal Montana winter. With no job and not enough money to get home, the only employment prospect in town seems to be the whorehouse...but luckily some cowboys show up in need of a cook. While the rancher, Tyler Hollins, specifically does not want a woman on the ranch, he really does need a cook and Libby sticks around long enough for them to fall for each other an ...more
Nice little Western I picked up at Heroine came out west from Chicago as a mail-order bride, only to discover her groom had told her a boatload of lies, beginning with the fact that he was at least 30 years older than he'd said. She nursed him through a horrible winter, and not wants to go home--but she doesn't have enough money. A ranch in desperate need of a cook proves to be her salvation, except for the cranky owner. Who, of course, is the hero. I think he dragged his crankin ...more
heather ♥
Beautiful story about two people learning to trust and love one another after suffering a great deal.

Tyler withdrew from contact with the people around him after his wife died in childbirth and blamed himself for it.

Libby, who was betrayed deeply twice in her life and never had a real home or family, comes to work on Tyler's ranch after the death of her husband so she can raise money to go back to Chicago and leave the nightmare Montana had been for her behind.

The two clash from the start but
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“Maybe he wasn't at his best. He smelled of horses and road dust. His lean jaws were shadowed by stubble, and his sweat-soaked hair stuck up in a couple of places where he'd run his hands through it. But he couldn't have looked better to her if he'd been wearing a Sunday suit. “You're the handsomest cowboy I've ever seen.” 1 likes
“Tyler looked at Libby's set face across the table. He was scared to death, but he saw her faith in him. Where it came from, he couldn't guess, but her words hit hard. Did he have the courage, the guts to do this? On his own, no, probably not. But Libby, Libby, who had always been braver than him—she'd be here. She'd had the daring and the backbone to save him when he'd done everything possible to discourage her.” 1 likes
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