Linda Lael Miller
Harlequin, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Martina Bexte
onner Creed has worked his family's ranch for most of his life, determined to carry on his uncle's legacy. There's no telling how Conner and his twin brother Brody might have turned out if it hadn't been for Davis and his big-hearted wife Kim. Conner wants nothing more than to have a successful, loving relationship like his aunt and uncle, and a couple of kids to boot. But as the years pass that dream is beginning to fade - until Conner is reacquainted with shy beauty Tricia McCall.
ricia's back in Lonesome Bend Colorado only long enough to sell her father's land and visit with her great grandmother Nettie. She may love the old woman to death, but a more fulfilling life and future await Tricia back in Seattle, once she and her boyfriend make a firm commitment to one another. Nettie, on the other hand, isn't convinced that Tricia will find happiness in Seattle or with her flashy art-gallery-owning boyfriend. One steely eyed, heart-stopping glance from Conner Creed soon has Tricia wondering if Nettie's right - that everything Trisha has ever wanted is waiting for her right here in Lonesome Bend.
iller populates this latest instalment of the modern day Creed descendents with her usual assortment of small town characters (and animals). The most memorable is the rustic, matchmaking, nine-one-year-old Nettie. nfortunately, though, the number of players, both new and recurring, bogs down the story. Tricia spends a good portion of the novel interacting with townsfolk and various Seattle friends, rather than with Connor, making their romance rushed and unconvincing.
ven so, Miller manages to reiterate the themes that are near and dear to her heart: home, hearth, family and most of all, her love of the West.
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