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Rocky Mountain Oasis

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

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    Confession: At first, I was fearful this was going to be just another Wild West saga nestled into the dusty piles of rustic romances filling the shelves at the local bookstore. Then I read the first chapter. Many thanks, Ms. Bonner, for allaying my fear.

    In Rocky Mountain Oasis, Lynnette spins a tale with a unique twist that keeps your attention from the front cover to the back. Brooke Baker is on her way west, a mail-order bride escaping an abusive past, but with little hope of a less abusive future. And her lack of hope would have been justified, but for Divine intervention through the initiative of one Skylar Jordan of Pierce City, Idaho.

    Sky discovers the slovenly Jason Jordan has bought himself a bride. Pricked at the thought of any woman left at the hands of his sot of a cousin, Sky buys the rights to her during one of Jason's drunken stupors. He meets his unseen, newly betrothed with the chivalrous intention of protecting her from local men less genteel than himself through the coming winter, then granting her the freedom to return east in the spring. But the moment the beautiful girl alights from the stagecoach, his world changes.

    Brooke holds the ruggedly handsome Sky-and her own heart-at arm's length, convinced that all men are like her cruel Uncle Jackson and brutal ex-fiancé, Hank. Fighting her own emotions, and the draw of the kind and thoughtful Sky, she struggles to escape a past that refuses to let her go. The question is, can Sky's patience and prayers heal the wounds on Brooke's heart? It's slow going, and, at times, becomes as agonizing for the reader, it seems, as it is for Sky. But the story is worth the agony.

    Ms. Bonner captures the smell of the towering pines and the chill of the mountain air on every page of Rocky Mountain Oasis. She also brings home the power of righteous prayer in purging the dregs of human tragedy. The story is well conceived, and will linger with you long after you've read the last line and began researching when Lynnette's next book is scheduled for release.

    By the way, Rocky Mountain Oasis is based upon actual events, people and places. As an added treat, pull up Google Maps on your computer and type in "Pierce, ID" as a keyword. Select the satellite view, zoom out, and you'll get a great visual of what Ms. Bonner does such a fine job of describing. You can feel the trip from Pierce City westward to Lewiston almost as Sky and Brooke did as they wound down mountain paths and forded rocky river beds. Neat story!

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    Romance, adventure, redemption

    Rocky Mountain Oasis is a delightful step back into the Wild West. Ms. Bonner draws her characters in bold and wonderful strokes that give a portrait of them so tender and convincing you cannot help loving them. Brooke is a broken beautiful woman. Sold as a mail order bride, she expects nothing but a life of abuse and horror. Her Uncle and previous lover gave blows instead of understanding. Her first reaction to any man is fear. Sky Jordan is the only man who can redeem Brooke's life and love.

    Sight unseen, Sky buys Brooke's contract from his drunken cousin and marries her. The novel starts on this beautiful note of tension and continues to reveal the growth of trust between Brooke and Sky. The novel would be charming if this was the only theme, but Ms. Bonner includes a historical subtext that drives an adventure and mystery. She weaves these together with the story of Brooke and Sky seamlessly.

    I really enjoyed this novel. It is touching and fulfilling. It also includes a very strong message of redemption. I look forward to her next novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2009

    Great Read!

    Don't miss this unforgettable read by Lynnette Bonner. (She has an awesome talent.) Rocky Mountain Oasis will grab the reader from Page ONE and take you on a fast-paced trail through adventure, romance, and intrigue. I enjoy Lynnette's grasp of the English language, the way she pulls you into a scene and keeps the story moving. "Oasis" is one of those books you'll probably want to pass along to your friends, especially if they enjoy a good romance.

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  • Posted March 12, 2012

    Brooke has been sent away as mail-order bride by her uncle. She

    Brooke has been sent away as mail-order bride by her uncle. She has no choice and leaves the abusive life she knows, expecting a life of abuse with another man.

    Sky's cousin -Jason- has bought Brooke as mail-order bride. When Sky learns about this he wants to prevent the woman from a sorrowful life with Jason. Jason is a drinker and takes no responsibility for whatsoever. Sky comes up with a plan to buy Jason's intented. Sight unseen, he marries Brooke as soon as she gets into town.

    Sky soon learns that Brooke has had a rough life and therefore distrusts men. He must learn to win her trust. Sky prays that she will get to know the Lord and will find healing of the wounds of her past.

    Besides a nicely written love story, there's also a murder mystery in this book. Lynnette weaves the two stories nicely together. The characters are well developed and easily loved. The healing process of Brooke is very well done. I admired Sky's patience with Brooke and how he trusted the Lord for deliverance. Lynnette also puts Scripture to practice in this wonderful novel.

    I have read this book some time ago and reread it recently to review. Normally I don't read books twice, but this book was a pleasure to read again. I highly recommend it!

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    Posted May 9, 2011

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