Changing Times: A Hidden Mountain Novelby Jacqueline Rhoades
Lorelei Stewart has always accepted her role as the town tramp's daughter and has earned her fast and loose reputation. She's a hard woman who pays her way and asks for nothing, but times change. Pregnant and overburdened with responsibility, she's given up on men and has a plan to provide her baby with what she never had as a child; a
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Lorelei Stewart has always accepted her role as the town tramp's daughter and has earned her fast and loose reputation. She's a hard woman who pays her way and asks for nothing, but times change. Pregnant and overburdened with responsibility, she's given up on men and has a plan to provide her baby with what she never had as a child; a decent home and a loving mother. The old bootlegger, Rollie Roper, needs a caretaker and has room for Lorelei and her coming child; a fair exchange.
Everything's almost perfect until Rollie's long lost nephew, Cob Thornton, turns up with money and plans of his own and those plans don't include the woman living in his house, yet something about Lorelei fascinates him. He begins to see past the cold armor she wears to protect herself from pain and finds a vulnerable and loving woman within. Now all he has to do, with a little help from old and new friends, is convince the pessimistic Lorelei that sometimes, changing times can be a blessing in disguise.
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There are few authors who I enjoy that I will read anything they publish. Ms Rhoades is one of those authors. Even her books that fall outside of the genre's that I normally stick to are a delight to read and Changing Times is no exception. This is book two in her Hidden Mountain series, her only non-paranormal series. I think that I enjoyed this book even more than the first. Lorelei is a strong woman who has had no one but herself to count on much of her life. She has had to create a barrier to keep others out and herself safe. In her small town she has quite the reputation that wasn't earned, but perhaps fueled a little by her actions or acting to create a persona that was expected of her by much of the town. She had a hard life and was deprived of much while growing up, most tragic of which was the love and security a child deserved. Despite her circumstances she became a smart and good woman who only wished for a family, love and security that had been denied to her. This book starts off where the last ended and Lorelei has found a place where she believes she can carve out a fair and honest life for her and her child that is on the way. She isn't afraid to work for her place and will take nothing from anyone. Then Cob shows up and turns her life upside down and she feels her security and place slipping from her fingertips. Lorelei has trouble trusting and doesn't want to believe that she could have everything she ever wanted in these two men she now lives with. Cob is thrown for a loop and slowly comes to realize Lorelei is what he wants and needs in his life, only if he could convince her of the same. Slowly he learns how to tame the independent/wild woman that is used to being in control. He teaches her to trust and let others in and that she is worthy of the love she so desperately wants. Can't believe I read this book in a day, didn't want to put it down. Little less outside drama than the last book, but I think a better tale. Many of the same characters from the last book and we get to see how things are progressing on the mountain. I would dearly love to see someone stand up to the church ladies in future books and I liked the new character Olivia who is Lorelei's new boss. I hope we get to see more of her in future books. I don't think things are quite settled with Junior and the drama from the last book, so I look forward to seeing how things play out in future additions to this series Ms. Rhoades has created. Thank you for the excellent escape.
Great read. Cob was my hero all the way through it. Love a guy who appreciates the miracle of birth.Lorelei had a who bag of issues to deal with and a rotten drunk for a mother that she still cared enough for to take care of. Rollie was a hoot and so many good secondary characters. A great coming together story for these two.
This is definitely another winner for Jacqueline Rhoades. Oh God did I ever cry. My emotions were on edge. I also laughed my ass off. Rhoades is one of those authors who is never rude or crass, but is always real. She develops a scenic world that her readers can visit without ever leaving the comfort of their couch. She presents it in a well and eloquently written manner that will keep you completely immersed throughout. I definitely couldn’t put this book down. I became part of this world and found myself walking, or running, through Hidden Mountain alongside the characters. I also love the brilliant job that Rhoades does with horses and farrier work. I love how down to earth this little town is. The people stay the same and really grow on you. There is a strength to each of the characters. They stand up for themselves and for those around them without compromising who they are at the core. Sure there are ‘crazies’ but it just adds to the fullness of the town. You really get into the nitty gritty of life through the characters in this one. Rhoades doesn’t present them as perfect individuals, but as real life people who are trying to make the best of what they have. I also love the local ‘twang’ that shines through (and stays consistent in) the dialogue. That’s not to say that everyone speaks the same. It changes from one character to the next, but you can see the regionality of it as well as the consistency from character to character. Although Rhoades has written this in such a manner that it could easily be read as a standalone, reading Preston’s Mill will give you background on the characters (and it’s a brilliant read too). Will I reread this book? Probably a few dozen times. Am I dying to see what happens next? YES! But the real question is, were this my intro to the author, would I read more? And the answer is a resounding HELLS YEAH!