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A Love to Call Her Own (Tallgrass Series #3)
     

A Love to Call Her Own (Tallgrass Series #3)

4.4 9
by Marilyn Pappano
 

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A LOVE TO CALL HER OWN

It's been two years since Jessy Lawrence lost her husband in Afghanistan, and she's never fully recovered. Drowning her sorrows didn't help, and neither did the job she'd hoped would give her a sense of purpose. Now trying to rebuild her life, she finds solace in her best friends, fellow military wives who understand what it's like

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A LOVE TO CALL HER OWN

It's been two years since Jessy Lawrence lost her husband in Afghanistan, and she's never fully recovered. Drowning her sorrows didn't help, and neither did the job she'd hoped would give her a sense of purpose. Now trying to rebuild her life, she finds solace in her best friends, fellow military wives who understand what it's like to love-and lose-a man in uniform . . . and the memory of one stolen night that makes her dream of a second chance at love.

Dalton Smith has known more than his fair share of grief. Since his wife's death, he revels in the solitude of his cattle ranch. But try as he might, he can't stop thinking about the stunning redhead and the reckless, passionate night they shared. He wasn't ready before, but Dalton sees now that Jessy is the only woman who can mend his broken heart. So how will he convince her to take a chance on him?

(95,000 words)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 07/21/2014
Pappano’s background as a military wife lends considerable authenticity in her deeply satisfying third visit to Tallgrass, Okla. (after A Man to Hold on To). Jessy Lawrence, whose husband was killed in Afghanistan, has hit rock bottom. A flirtatious encounter leads her to a one-night stand with rancher Dalton Smith, whose wife took her own life after being injured on an Afghan battlefield. Jessy and Dalton try to deny their chemistry at first—Jessy because she doesn’t feel she deserves love, Dalton because he refuses to be vulnerable again—but they slowly realize that they may have a future together. Pappano’s characters are achingly real and flawed, and readers will commiserate with and root for the couple. While many authors of military-themed romance focus on action in the field or the sexiness of the uniform, Pappano is bold enough to dig into far more painful territory: what happens after the casualty calls. This deeply moving tale will remind everyone who reads it of the great sacrifices made by those who serve and the families they leave behind. (Sept.)
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"Deeply satisfying...Pappano's characters are achingly real and flawed, and readers will commiserate with and root for the couple...This deeply moving tale will remind everyone who reads it of the great sacrifices made by those who serve and the families they leave behind."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on A Love to Call Her Own"

A solid, tender plot, well-developed, vulnerable characters and smart, modern banter are the highlights of his heartwarming story."—RT Book Reviews on A Love to Call Her Own"

4 1/2 stars! Through her beautiful storytelling, Pappano deftly expresses the emotions that come with love and loss. The genuine love that grows between Therese and Keegan melts the heart. Pappano's latest packs a powerful punch."—RT Book Reviews on A Man to Hold on To"

A powerful and welcome return to Tallgrasss . . . Pappano excels at depicting deep emotion . . . including plenty of humor."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on A Man to Hold on To"

Pappano shines in this poignant tale of love, loss, and learningto love again. [She] creates achingly real characters whose struggles will bring readers to tears."—Publisher's Weekly (starred review) on A Hero to Come Home To"

Pappano's latest is a touching story about loss, love and acceptance. Tender to the core, her story is filled with heartwarming characters who you can't help but fall in love with, and she tells their stories candidly and poignantly. The ending will simply melt your heart."—RT Book Reviews on A Hero to Come Home To

RT Book Reviews on A Man to Hold on To
"4 1/2 stars! Through her beautiful storytelling, Pappano deftly expresses the emotions that come with love and loss. The genuine love that grows between Therese and Keegan melts the heart. Pappano's latest packs a powerful punch."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455520091
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Series:
Tallgrass Series , #3
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
520,211
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Known for her intensely emotional stories, Marilyn Pappano is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly eighty books. She has made regular appearances on bestseller lists and has received recognition for her work in the form of numerous awards. Though her husband's Navy career took them across the United States, he and Ms. Pappano now live in Oklahoma high on a hill that overlooks her hometown. They have one son and daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and a pack of mischievous dogs.

You can learn more at:
MarilynPappano.com
Twitter, @MarilynPappano
Facebook.com/MarilynPappanoFanPage

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A Love to Call Her Own 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely well written and beautifully detailed book about overcoming loss and finding happiness.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
A Love to Call Her Own by Marilyn Pappano is another heartfelt story in the Tallgrass Novel Series. Jessy Lawrence lost her husband over two years ago in Afghanistan. Since then her life has been spiraling out of control. She lost her job and her drinking is taking up too much of her day. The only thing  keeping her sane is her group of friends that all lost a love one in the war. But a chance meeting with Dalton Smith slowly changes her world. Dalton Smith has too lost a loved one in the war but he takes his solace in working his ranch. His one night stand with Jessy Lawrence keeps playing on his mind. Running into Jessy again has him wanting to take a chance again on love. But Jessy doesn’t think much of love or herself lately and it will take the love of a strong man to make her see her worth. A Love to Call Her Own is a wonderful book, it will touch your heart and make you believe in second chances.  Both Jessy and Dalton have secrets that effect them deeply. It will take both of them to realize they have found something worthwhile.  This series is one of my favorites, each book has left a mark on my heart. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite A Love To Call Her Own is the third book in the Tallgrass series written by author Marilyn Pappano. In A Love To Call Her Own, we meet Jessy Lawrence, a widow. Her husband died in Afghanistan. Jessy feels guilty because she was contemplating asking her husband for a divorce. She is a member of the Margarita Club, which is made up of a group of military wives that have all been widowed. We also meet Dalton Smith. Dalton’s wife committed suicide after being injured while she was deployed. Jessy and Dalton had one passionate night together. Although he tries to avoid her, he can’t get Jessy off his mind. Can Jessy and Dalton help each other overcome their heartache?  The setting for A Love To Call Her Own is Tallgrass, Oklahoma. The Tallgrass series focuses on the women in the Margarita Club. Marilyn Pappano’s writing conveys great emotion. Jessy had little self-confidence because she felt rejected by her family. Dalton has not been able to let go of his anger or grief because of his wife’s suicide. Jessy turns to alcohol and one night stands while Dalton turns to solitude to cope with their loss. There are plenty of secondary plots and characters that are interesting and help to keep the plot moving along and at a nice pace. I enjoyed listening to A Love To Call Her Own. It was read by Loretta Rawlins. Her voice added the perfect nuance to this tale. I look forward to more books in this series.
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KatiesMomBS More than 1 year ago
This series just keeps getting better.  Jessy lost her husband in Afghanistan and feels guilt because she was going to as for divorce when he got home.  Dalton lost his wife also in Afghanistan.  But he knows that she untied the tourniquet and bleed out instead of coming home with legs.  Both are in a dark place until they find each other.   Their journey is a great one and one I loved being on.  Can't wait for the next installment in this series.  Hope it never ends. 
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