THE VIEW FROM HERE by Cindy Myers, (c) 2012. I really enjoyed this second chance at love story. Here’s a 39 year old divorcee named Maggie Carter who recently inherited her father’s estate- if you want to call it that. Her father was a mentally wounded Vietnam veteran who abandoned his wife and baby daughter. Maggie never met him as a child or growing up, there was just one photo of him hold Maggie as a baby. Now she’s staying in Colorado in the old miner’s cabin her father lived in for the last 7 years. Besides the cabin she inherited a gold mine called The French Mistress. She’s been settling into a new life and making friends with the townsfolk there. Maybe she’ll even fall in love. OKay so she does fall in love, she gets her second chance BUT, it’s a good read!
WELCOME TO LAST CHANCE by Cathleen Armstrong, (c) 2013. This is a totally sex free family drama and Christian romance novel. So do not read this if you don’t go foe talk of Church, choirs, and praying. It abut a woman named Lainie Davis who is running away from a boyfriend who sells drugs. Lainie was kicked out of the house at age 14 and has been on her own ever since and now she wants a good stable life and someone safe she can love and have a life with. She ends up in Last Chance when her car breaks down and immediately gets adopted by the people in town. Go ahead and read it anyway, you might like it.
THE MONK DOWNSTAIRS by Tim Farrington, (c) 2003. Here’s another unusual love story, I seem to gravitate to the unusual, have you noticed? Here’s a former 40 year old monk named Michael Christopher released from his vows trying to make it in the real word. He becomes a tenant of a woman named Rebecca, a thirty-eight year old woman with a six year old named Mary Martha. Michael had a hard time getting his “severance paycheck” cashed, and finally walks by Rebecca’s sign in the window advertising a small apartment for rent. She cashes his check and he settles in, not having brought much with him. I wonder what job he will get? Don’t you just love an unusual love story? I sure do!
LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH by Emily Giffin, (c)2008. This is the story of Ellen and Andy who just experienced the first year of a perfect marriage. They are so in love and content with their lives. Then one afternoon Ellen bumps into her ex-boyfriend who she hasn’t seen or talked to in ten years. Now Ellen just can’t get Leo off her mind, thinking about him at all odd hours and times during the day. Now Ellen’s not sure she’s with the right man. Then they go on flirting and playing cat and mouse games. Will Ellen screw up her marriage? That remains to be seen, but it sure sounds like it could happen.
DROWNING RUTH by Christina Schwarz, (c) 2001. This WWI era psychological thriller starts out in 1919 when a young mother named Mathilda Neumann drowns beneath the ice of a rural Wisconsin lake. Her death dramatically changes the lives of her daughter Ruth, her husband Carl who was away at war, and her sister older Amanda. Ruth grew up a little wild compared to the actions of her classmates. I swear I read this book a long time ago actually, but that didn’t stop me from reading it again. If you want to find out what REALLY happened to Mathilda you’ll have to read the book yourself!
THIS IS HOW I’D LOVE YOU by Hazel Woods, (c) 2014. Hazel Woods lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children, so I am not surprised some of the story takes place there. I plan on reading more of Hazel’s work, if she has any in the future. This is the story of star crossed lovers… Or so it looks right up to the end, but will they smarten up and become one family? I highly recommend this book about an ambulance driver in WWI and the daughter of his pen pal chess player whom he loves but hasn’t met. I found the tragic story just enchanting! (Okay that is a real flowery word coming from my mind.. sorry!)
RESTLESS WIND by Dorothy Garlock, (c) 1986, 2002 large type. Rosalee lives in the Colorado mountains where she cares for her ailing father and younger siblings, and their life is far from easy in their dirt floor cabin. One night the dog barks awakening the family as a strong half white, half native American man asks to be left in. His name is Logan Horn and he asks for help caring for his dying mother Morning Sun and they are allowed to enter. Rosalee opens her door and her heart as she comes to love this rugged yet sensitive man.