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Posted October 28, 2009
This book is about a woman named Shannon who decides to go back to her hometown where she can raise her young daughter Kylie in a good environment with lots of fresh air. However, by moving back, Shannon must also face the many demons she left behind. She gets a job as a veterinarian and moves into her uncle's old and dilapidated house.
Soon after arriving, Shannon finds her high school enemy, Jack, has a daughter named Faith who looks just like her own daughter Kylie. After a little detective work, Shannon and Jack uncover the truth: both girls are Shannon's daughters and they were separated at birth. In order to provide the girls with a good home and spare them from custody battles, Shannon and Jack get married. Over time, Shannon is able to regain her trust in Jack, and they fall in love.
This book had some twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. When I first started reading, I thought that I already had the plot figured out, and I knew exactly what would happen. I was pleasantly surprised.
However, there were a few word choices that struck me as odd. The first was when the word "coke" was used synonymously with the word "soda" or "pop." I've never heard that. Although, after a little research, I found it's kind of cultural thing. You know how couch and divan mean the same thing, but people in the Western United States usually say couch, and people in the South call it a divan. I also had some issues with how the word bile was used a couple of times, but I'm wondering if these are just dialect issues more than anything. I wouldn't let them keep me from reading the book, I just thought they were interesting.
Anyway, back to the book. It kept my interest, the dialogue is pretty good, and the characters are very likable. There were some instances when things turned out too convenient, and didn't seem believable-such as when Shannon, the veterinarian, shows up at Jack's ranch only to find his horse having a foal. Overall, this book would be a good light read if you are a Christian western romance fan.
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