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  • Posted May 4, 2010

    4th in Only in Gooding! series is enjoyable romance

    That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake is the fourth book in the Only in Gooding! series. Twin siblings, Enoch and Taylor Bestman, come to Gooding, Texas to take on the roles of veterinarian and doctor, respectively. Unfortunately, the townsfolk missed the note in her recommendation that Taylor is a woman and they aren't ready for a lady doctor in 1892. Including the blacksmith Karl, even after she saves his leg from amputation. Even though he doesn't agree with her chosen profession, he finds himself drawn to Taylor's strength and beauty, especially after she comes under attack from someone who wants to frighten her away. Meanwhile, Enoch has fallen head over heels in love with widow Mercy who runs the local boarding house, but their happy ending is threatened when she discovers something terrifying. Hake balances just the right amount of romance, humor, faith, and suspense in this enjoyable read. She handles Mercy's health crisis with a great deal of compassion and tenderness. Taylor is a delightful character full of spunk and intelligence, and the reader won't blame Karl one bit for falling in love with her, nor Taylor for falling for Karl's gentle strength. The only flaw was Taylor's discovery of the wrong-doer which didn't ring true and the revelation that exposed him seemed just strange. Aside from that, Gooding, Texas is a town I would love to visit again soon.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

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    Adventure and Romance in Gooding, TX

    Readers won't be disappointed; sparks certainly do fly in Cathy Marie Hake's newest book. We find ourselves in the pleasant little town of Gooding, TX, the place that acts as the setting for many of Ms. Hake's stories. Taylor and Enoch Bestman have signed contracts to serve as the town's local doctors. Taylor is the medical doctor, and Enoch is a veterinarian.The twins aim to rescue Gooding from a serious shortage of good medical care. But will they? Upon the Bestman twins' arrival, townspeople learn that Taylor is a woman. Some of the residents are happy about this fact, but others, including the mayor, are not. Seems Mayor Cutter overlooked the portion of Taylor's paperwork indicating that she is indeed, a woman. Taylor sets out to prove her worth and skill. Her first test involves saving Karl Van der Vort's life. Karl and his brother Piet are the local blacksmiths who are surprised to find a woman doctor in their midst. Karl, especially, doesn't think it's proper for a woman to work as a doctor, but cannot deny Taylor's skill, and more importantly, his debt to her for saving his life. Karl wrestles further with his feelings as he admires Taylor's spunk, and finds himself with feelings for Taylor. How will Taylor respond? Will sparks fly between the two? And what of the sparks that fly between Taylor, the mayor, and the others opposed to her practicing in town? Hake provides an entertaining journey with unexpected events and colorful characters. True to the title, That Certain Spark really does make a difference in the resident's lives. I enjoyed reading this; can't wait to see what Ms. Hake cooks up next. I hope it finds us in Gooding once again!

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