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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Color of the Season by Julianne MacLean

NOTE:  Due to a serious need to cut back on my workload, this will be my last official book review on this blog.

It doesn’t seem possible that the evening can get any worse for police officer Josh Wallace after he is dumped by the girlfriend he planned to propose to, but it does.  Josh and his partner are shot while chasing a carjacking suspect. While on the operating table Josh dies and has an after death experience that drastically alters his life and the lives of several people from his past.

I began reading this book with skepticism dreading the part where the near death experience enters the picture. I figured it would be the hokey bright light thing. There is some of that (minus the chees factor) but the story takes a different turn and goes off in a completely different direction after Josh is saved on the operating table.  I don’t want to spoil any surprises so I won’t say too much. It’s a great story of love lost, love found, and the importance of family and forgiveness. I give it five out of five stars.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Book Review: Swept Away (Trouble in texas Book 1) by Mary Connealy

Ruthy MacNeil is rescued by Luke Stone after she nearly drowns fording a flooded river with a wagon train. Her step family doesn’t survive and she is finally free of their mistreatment. Luke surived the horrific ordeal as a prisoner of war in notorious Anderson prison during the civil war, only to learn that his father has been killed and the family ranch stolen.

With the help of his friends, also survivors of Anderson and known as the Regulators, Luke plots to take back the ranch at the same time rescuing the woman who is the wife of the man who murdered his father. Luke is immediately smitten with Ruthy and it doesn’t take long for her to feel drawn to him. I loved the way Luke dubs Ruthy “Rosie” as an endearment and throughout the book she keeps correcting him to no avail for some good comic relief. I also like Luke’s friends, especially the doctor, Dare (love that name).

The beginning of the book really held my interest but the story seemed to drag a bit in the middle as the friends plotted how they would help Luke take back the ranch. Connealy set the plot up well for the next book in the series but the book is complete, unlike some series, and doesn’t leave you hanging. I give this four out of five stars.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Book Review of Everything She Ever Wanted by Ann Rule

When Pat Taylor wed Tom Allanson he had no way of knowing it would destroy his life in just a matter of weeks

In fact, Pat destroyed a lot of people’s lives. The attractive Southern belle was spoiled by her mother and she expected to live a lavish lifestyle at any cost. Nobody crosses Pat who was fascinated with Scarlett O’Hara. Pat could pour on the charm, but underneath the beautiful fa├žade was a cruel and evil heart. She was manipulative and controlling and if anyone crossed her, well, they’d better watch their back. At the heart of this story is the murder of Tom’s parents, orchestrated by Pat. But it doesn’t stop there. She’s determined to get to Tom’s grandparents money, even if she has to revert to poison.

There’s lots more to tell but I don’t want to spoil all the intrigue. Rule, a former police woman, spares no details regarding this true story and delves into two troubled families and the horrific, twisted behavior of Taylor who has no conscience.  This is not a new book but it’s still a fascinating read. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Book Review of Ruby, Dakotah Treasures by Lorraine Snelling

Ruby’s had to be grown up ever since her mom died when Ruby was just a girl  and Ruby has not only been in charge of the care of her little sister but has been a Nanny to several other children. When she receives word her father is dying out west, she and her little sister Opal, venture west to Little Missouri (also called Little Misery by its residents.)  They arrive just in time for her father’s death.  He bequeaths  the only asset he had, a saloon complete with saloon girls who make their living as soiled doves. 

This first book in the series takes us through Ruby’s struggle to keep her promise to her father to “take care of the girls,” while changing the purpose of the saloon to a hotel and dining establishment. It isn’t easy. Thrown into the mix is her desperate need for cash to prop up the failing business and conflict with Belle one of the girls who seems bent on making her life miserable.

There is a taste of romance as Ruby gets to know the cavalry captain and a second hint at romance as she encounters a local rancher who rubs her the wrong way.  I found it rather ridiculous that Ruby’s father would day the very next day after her arrival and that she is absolutely clueless that the girls are saloon girls and “working girls.”  Sure, she’s sheltered, but really?  If you want full- fledged romance you will have to wait until the next book in the series.  The book end abruptly  with no resolution regarding the romance. All in all, it’s a nice prairie romance with likable characters though I would have liked the ends to have been a little more wrapped up.  I give it three out of five stars.