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  • Posted August 1, 2011

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    Can love override everything even duty?

    Nina Stokes believes that good will always win, right will smack down wrong, and a rainbow always follow the rain. Mick Rivers believes in doing what is dictated by order and the obligation to his country and family. He knows that life is about the surviving the mission and the one he is on now is not going to make anyone happy, even him.

    When Nina's brother Walt was killed by an explosion in Afghanistan she finds out the house she is living in has been left to Mick. In good faith, she tried to find this "supposed" owner, but he never responds. Nina already made a mistake with a financial investment that cost her everything there is no way she is going to be naïve again, especially since nothing about this situation makes sense and she used her artistic gifts to turn the house into a home. The mess makes even less sense to Mick who did not know or really like Walt very much and Mick really does not want to do this but the responsibility of solving a horrendous family personal crisis is lying directly on his broad shoulders as it always has.

    Mick may push but Nina is no pushover and she is determined to keep the house and stay away from Mick. Keeping the house is proving to be easier than avoiding Mick because the man just refuses to follow the rule of keeping his clothes on and he sure can cook. While the food is not nutritionally sound, it is delicious and there is allot of food and Mick to deal with. Yet the answers to her questions and the lies that need to be converted into truths lurk around every corner. Nina asks allot of questions but all she keeps getting is ghosts from the past that refuse to go away and searches for secrets that lead nowhere. Who is going to be honor bound to tell her the truth and let the situation finally play itself to some conclusion?

    Nina has felt deep loss but also elation over the friendship she has gained in three women who were not always this close or even that nice to each other. Now they are the anchor each needs to survive and when one of them needs a problem solves the others step up to serve their duty. However, Mick turns out to be the least of the difficulties that Nina has to face and the person that just may save her.

    After I finished the first book in this series "How Sweet It Is," I wondered if another could be as good, and this one certainly is. I felt the horror of war was expressed with sincerity and tenderness but never with pity. We all have a duty to perform and each of us fulfills it one way or another and Ms. Gunn wrote this book to remind us we each play a part and everyone serves in some capacity with the gift they have been given.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

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    a charming tale

    Artist Nina Stokes has waited for two years to fulfill the first of two requests from her late brother Walter's deathbed letter. She looks forward to handing over the key to her sibling's house in Galton, New York to a new owner, Walter's soldier buddy as her sibling asked; the second plea is about naming his nephew "Little Walt" will have to wait as she has no boyfriend.

    However when Mick Rivers arrives to take occupancy, Nina finds she cannot just leave as the house contains memories. Besides she needs to know what happened to Walter and believes Mick can answer her. Mick cannot make himself toss Nina from the home though he must sell the house as he needs the money. Mick struggles with his memory loss, but fears knowing the truth. His trepidation about recalling his past includes what happened as he begins to fall in love with his housemate yet he may have caused the death of her brother.

    The second Galton contemporary romance (see How Sweet It is) is a charming tale that also pays tribute to the veterans while scolding leaders for ignoring the returning former solders' struggles with traumas and a bad economy. The lead couple is a nice pairing of the optimistic artist and the pessimistic veteran, but both are reluctant to take a chance on love. Readers will enjoy this tale as the homage (no phony political platitudes) to the soldier by artists brings freshness to a got your back romance.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Loved this book- highly recommend

    This book was great. It was fun to see the relationship of Nina and Mick develop. There were times I laughed and times I wanted to cry. There were some unexpected twists and that made the book even better. I highly recommend reading this book and I would also recommend the first one in the series as well, How Sweet It Is. I am really looking forward to reading the next book by this author. I would say this is a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Great book!!

    Very emotional story

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Highly Recommend!

    New author to me and I have now read both of her books -- loved all the twists and turns...and understanding of people. So looking forward to more books from this special author.
    God bless, L

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