Debbie Macomber, Cathy Lamb, Judy Duarte, Mary Carter
Date: July 28, 2009
anthology boosts a 1996 novella from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Debbie Macomber, but the other three lesser known authors have brand new never
released stories in the book.
all of the stort stories are great romantic stories, the first story in the
book, Whale Island by Cathy Lamb was just outstanding. The author's wit and
charm came through in flying colors throughout the story. The story was written
in the first person, which I generally don't like that much, but the author was
well versed and made the text flow. I couldn't put the story down. I found the
hero and heroine so true to life characters I could easily picture their
romance happening and the two sticking together forever.
other three stories were equally interesting and fun to read. There were
heartwarming romantic stories that you don't get to read often enough these
days. Judy Duarte's Queen of Hearts, was a little slow to get into at first,
but I simply enjoyed the way Judy wove the letters from the advice columnist's
readers into the fabric of the story that soon I was engrossed in the story and
couldn't put it down until the very end.
Honeymoon House featured two sets of friends that just knocked my socks off. I
just loved Kate's friend Amanda and her relationship with her on again-off
again fiance, as well as Kate's relationship with Andy.
Macomber has long been a favorite of mine. Her inspirational stories full the
need for any romantic at heart. I liked the fact that the lead heroine, Katie,
has a conscious and worries for the bride-to-be, even as she gets carried away
with the moment, with the groom.
stories every one, I think that the traditional romance novel lovers will like
this collection of stories.
Marrying Kind by Debbie Macomber
school sweethearts Katie and Jason haven't seen each other in ten years - and
now she's walked back into his life. With one look, the love they shared comes
flooding back - only now the odds seem stacked against them.
Island by Cathy Lamb
secrets and imposing friends are making Chalese feel like an outsider in her
very own home on beautiful Whale Island. But it's only when a shocking
revelation makes her feel truly lost that she opens her heart to the
possibilities the past offers - including a chance at love with the last man
Of Hearts by Judy Duarte
high school reunion is coming up, and advice columnist Jenn Kramer couldn't be
dreading it more - until she lays eyes on Marcos. Jenn hardly noticed him when
they were kids, but know he's all grown up.
Honeymoon House by Mary Carter
doesn't get more romantic than Andy Beck's cottage on Martha's Vineyard. But
love is the last thing on his mind - he just wants to get the cottage ready for
his best friends honeymoon. At least that's the plan, until he finds the gorgeous
Maid of Honor ransacking his house - in the most irresistible way.
Real Live Cowboy
Connection: Fortunes of Texas—Return to Red Rock
book is the fourth in the continuing series of the Fortunes of
Texas—Return to Red Rock. JR Fortune is the older brother of both two
other Fortune's seen in this series, Darr and Nicholas. JR has just moved to
Red Rock from Los Angeles to be closer to his family. He purchases a ranch
close to town and plans are making it a working ranch, something he has always
wanted to do. After giving up his job for his father's company JR dives right
in to making his new venture a success.
enlists the help of Isabella to redecorate the house in its original style.
Isabella has made a marriage pack with some of her girl friends. She hopes to
be married by the end of the year. To that end she has created a list. Her list
seems fairly simple and JR Fortune doesn't seem to fit the mold at all.
am generally a fan of Judy Duarte's and really love the Fortune series, but I
was a little taken a back by this particular book. The heroine in the book was
frankly too snobbish for me. I understand her wanting to seek out a man who
would be a good mach for the woman she wanted to be, but she never gave JR, the
hero, and the chance to really show her who he was.
character spent the majority of the book putting words in JRs mouth and never
taking into consideration that he said in the beginning that he hired her
because he like her dedication to her art and her heritage. How he wanted her
to redesign his house in that manner. Instead the character, Isabella,
constantly went on about how she refused to make the Kitchen too modern, albeit
to herself, because it wasn't historically pleasing to herself. Not thinking
that someone who lived in the house would want modern fixtures. She did the
same on other issues in the house, even if JR didn't say one-way or the other
how he felt.
am all for characters who have issues in their past to work out and characters
who may feel that rich men are spoiled and get bored easily, but after three
quarters of the way into the book and the lead hero hasn't done anything that
would prove her thoughts, it is long since time to let it go and move on with
I liked JR's character and the continuation of the mystery into the Fortune and
Mendoza's current mystery. For those keeping up with the series, that's is the
important reason to read this book and stay current with the series mystery.
from the back of the book:
was a Texan down to his Stetson and booksÉ
Mendoza knew what she wanted in a husband. And William "J.R." Fortune
was so not that man. The irresistibly attractive businessman turned rancher
might wear denim and spurs, but what happened when he got tired of playing
son J.R. had come home to Red Rock to live up to the Fortune legacy. Now he
wanted Isabella to share it with him. Hiring the fiery artisan to design his
new ranch house was the first step. But when a devious enemy targeted both
their families, he realized how far he'd go to protect the woman he loved. He'd
prove that together, theirs was a heritage worth saving.