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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    Loved....

    Okay, first: have you read Lifeline Echoes? Because if you haven't, go read it. I'll wait. Are you back? Alrighty, we'll move on with this one then! Yes, this is another series I fell in love with this summer. I know, I seem to like everything I read, right? But this one is worth its rating, I promise. This is the second book in the series and with it we get to revisit Sandy and Ryan as well as dive headlong into Melanie and Sean's romance. Sean and Melanie have known each other since they were little kids. Sean called her the "girl with the sunshiny hair" and knew, as he got older, that Melanie was the girl for him. They had a connection that not many people ever get. But then, due to tragic family circumstances, Melanie has to go away and leave Orson's Folly. When she comes back years later as an adult, they still have a connection but Melanie is holding back. On the surface everything seems good but they are having a hard time recovering that connection the deeper level that they used to have it. The beginning revealed some history that we learned a little about in the first book, giving us a heartbreaking glimpse into the past. Sean and Melanie are both dynamic characters with a lot of depth to them. Melanie is hiding from a past that she is ashamed of and doesn't want Sean to know about. Because of this she is leery of committing to a permanent relationship. But a permanent relationship is what Sean wants. He's not interested in the idea of anything else with Melanie. I love what Sean does in this story for his "job". He rehabs horses that have either been physically or emotionally scarred in some way. In other words - horses that nobody else wants, for the most part. Sean works with them and heals them. This reveals a lot about Sean's personality and shows in the way he deals with Melanie. A cowboy with a heart - gotta love him. I love the character of Melanie. Like Sandy from the first book, she is spunky and sexy yet vulnerable. Don't back her into a corner because she'll give as good as she gets but she also has a soft heart. Ms. Springsteen tends to write strong female characters that can be a partner to the strong male characters she writes rather than submissive to the strong male and I love that. Melanie fits the bill well. The is one of those stories that pulls you in and keeps a firm hold until you've finished the book. And if that means staying up until 3am? Well, too bad. (Thanks for that, Kay! LOL) But bags under your eyes the next day will be worth it to find out what happens with these two. Can't wait until the next book!

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    Highly Recommended for Everyone!

    This book is the second installment of The Echoes of Orson's Folly series. Sean and Melanie were originally introduced in the first book (Lifeline Echoes) and I loved being able to read their story.
    Elusive Echoes takes a lot of unexpected twists and turns. The injustices brought upon Melanie in the past made me want to cry. The craziness of the present-day events made me wonder why so many people seem to have it out for the McGee family. Another brilliant book from Ms. Springsteen! I really hope to see more of the Orson's Folly people in the future (I'm personally hoping for Ricky's story, among others!).

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