This story takes place mainly on a therapeutic ranch for abused children, Break Away Acres, owned and operated by Danny Solomon. Danny has a history of severe abuse himself, which allows him to be highly sensitive to the feelings of others who have similar backgrounds. When Phoenix Nichols takes a job as a trail guide, Danny immediately perceives the depth of her troubled past.
The slow pace adds to the intensity of pain and emotional damage the characters struggle to…Continue
Butterfly Dreams by Bonnie Engstrom is a delightful and refreshing romance between two people who find love later in life. Told in first person by main character Betsy, the story brings out the joys and pitfalls of taking a new relationship along on the journey to our senior years.
Love interest Noel can be the most charming, and yet the most frustrating man to ever catch Betsy’s eye, who was really not even looking in the first place.
I especially enjoyed the…Continue
The Pruning by Jan Cline tells the story of the Wilding family, who leave heartache and despair behind in dust bowl Kansas for the promise of a new life in the Pacific Northwest. This book held my attention from the very first scene. Clarissa, wife to Frank and mother of two boys, runs smack dab into her past the moment the family steps off the train in their new location.
The author does a wonderful job of developing characterization, taking us to the heart of the…Continue
Rarity Mountain takes the premise of survival for money off the TV screen and puts it between the pages of a book. Author Sara Foust has created the drama of two people enduring intense physical denial, discomfort, and dodging danger to win the prize that will solve all their problems.
Yet, the two contestants, Simon Fincuff and Dr. Fern Strongbow discover that their physical well-being is not all that’s at stake. Forced to face their own personal demons of their…Continue