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Big Lizard Bottoms-where getting hitched is a local industry-is not any place Lindsey Attwood, a play-it-safe paleontologist who's sworn off romance, ever expected to find herself. She's here posing as a horse psychology student to help recover dinosaur tracks stolen from a local guest ranch. After only a day at the ranch, things start spiraling out of control. Her horse-therapy horse hates her, she's been adopted by a huge stray dog with a bad reputation, and there's this local rancher who has her all ...
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Overview

Big Lizard Bottoms-where getting hitched is a local industry-is not any place Lindsey Attwood, a play-it-safe paleontologist who's sworn off romance, ever expected to find herself. She's here posing as a horse psychology student to help recover dinosaur tracks stolen from a local guest ranch. After only a day at the ranch, things start spiraling out of control. Her horse-therapy horse hates her, she's been adopted by a huge stray dog with a bad reputation, and there's this local rancher who has her all moonstruck. After years of digging around in the past, Lindsey's wondering if it's finally time to see what the present has to offer.
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When eight-year-old Sydney leaves Denver to spend the summer in Mexico with her estranged father, Geoff, at the start of this third novel in Wingate's Texas Hill Country series, her mother, divorced paleontologist Lindsey Attwood, doesn't quite know what to do with herself. At the behest of her twin sister, Laura, and girlfriend Collie Collins (the protagonist of the series' first novel, Texas Cooking), Lindsey finds herself in San Saline, Tex., helping solve a mystery of missing dinosaur tracks on a local ranch while posing as a member of a horse psychology class. Lindsey falls for veterinarian-turned-cowboy Zach Truitt, and as their romance blooms, she wrestles with the problems that consume her: faith, fear and doubts about her ability to love again. Of course, in the end, the horse psychology class actually teaches Lindsey a thing or two-she conquers her fear of horses, makes peace with her ex-husband, solves the dinosaur case and learns to both accept and revel in her new relationship. Wingate attempts to mesh mystery with romance, but with slapdash writing and flat characters, her latest novel comes up short of her previous books' sincerity and warmth. Agent, Claudia Cross. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Wingate (Lone Star Cafe, 2004, etc.) once again sends a single career woman to rural Texas, where she finds romance and adventure. When her no-account ex decides to finally exercise his parental rights and take their young daughter to Mexico for the summer, Lindsey Attwood finds herself depressed and at loose ends. For eight years, her life has been safely organized around daughter Sydney and a stable job cataloguing fossil exhibits at a Denver museum. Sensing her distress, Lindsey's sister Laura, in cahoots with her old friend Collie, lures her to San Saline, Texas, where journalist Collie needs her expert help investigating the disappearance of some ancient dinosaur tracks. The tracks were located near the Jubilee Ranch, a "horse therapy" camp where stressed-out city folks learn to relax and commune with horses. The plan is for Lindsey to attend the camp under the guise of being a patient, so she can closely observe the crime scene. The problem is that she's terrified of horses. Enter Zach Truitt, a twinkly-eyed part-time cowboy and full-time veterinarian helping out at the ranch. He takes a shine to Lindsey, teaches her about horses and fixing windmills, and in no time the pair are discovered "wrapped around each other like lizards on a beanpole." Despite their differences, Lindsey and Zach are perfect for each other, but their courtship is hampered by her misgivings about sacrificing an ordered life for love. She thinks that reticent Zach is hiding something big about his past, and she ultimately discovers that he too is a battled-scarred veteran of divorce and the family-court system. Wingate lets her magical Texas locations and idiosyncratic supporting characters shine, though themystery of the missing fossils never really seems to matter. Far more important is Lindsey's emotional journey, as she learns to trust both man and beast. Charming love story with cowboys and a New Age twist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786285556
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 4/5/2006
  • Series: Thorndike Clean Reads Series
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 518
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Wingate writes both Accent novels and contemporary romances for NAL.  She lives with her husband and two sons in the central Texas hill country, where she is a popular inspirational speaker, writing instructor, and magazine columnist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2006

    Stop in at the Big Lizard Diner!

    I am a definite Lisa Wingate fan. Her books are funny, sweet, romantic without being graphic, and filled with uplifting observations about life and relationships. Big Lizard Diner is as good as all the rest. It draws you in and takes you on a journey, then leaves you feeling warm and satisfied. I hated to see it end!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2006

    Great Book!

    If you love a great story with fun, quirky characters, you'll love this book. Not only was it a great read, but the story also contains many enlightening moments, as Lindsey slowly learns to stop being ruled by fear and begins to live a bold, out-there life. Overall, this is a book you should not miss. The first I've read by Lisa Wingate, but it won't be my last!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    Pleasant Read

    Simply, a nice read! The book is pleasant with lots of Central Texas based information in the story. Wingate fans will like the book.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A fun Texas contemporary romance with a mystery subplot

    Paleontologist cataloguer and single mom Lyndsey Attwood misses her daughter, who is spending the summer with her father, Geoff, the first time the absent dad has been with his eight years old daughter. Her twin sister Laura recognizes that her sibling is lonely so asks her to spend time with in San Saline, Texas. Knowing she cannot face her walls without Sydney, Lyndsey takes leave and travels from Denver................ In Texas, Laura's reporter pal Collie Collins (see TEXAS COOKING), asks Lindsey to go undercover by pretending to attend a horse psychology seminar in order to help her solve a mystery involving missing dinosaur tracks on a local ranch. Lindsey meets and begins to fall in love with former veterinarian cowboy Zach Truitt he reciprocates. However, she has doubts about relationships with males having been burned once before................... The latest Big Lizard Bottoms tale is a fun Texas contemporary romance with a mystery subplot that never really matters as the missing dinosaur tracks takes a back seat to the relationship drama. The story line is driven by the antics of the zany secondary cast, who help the Rocky Mountain visitor learn about Texas high life where trust is more important than anything else whether it is with horse or human............. Harriet Klausner

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