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by Taylor Dean

Alyssa Fontaine's life, loved ones--everything familiar and dear--are brutally taken from her. Taken captive by two men, she endures a horrific nightmare. A new life is forced upon her and even a new name. Just when it appears that no hope is in sight, she is saved by an unlikely twist of fate. Trapped in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, life will open its arms…  See more details below


Alyssa Fontaine's life, loved ones--everything familiar and dear--are brutally taken from her. Taken captive by two men, she endures a horrific nightmare. A new life is forced upon her and even a new name. Just when it appears that no hope is in sight, she is saved by an unlikely twist of fate. Trapped in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, life will open its arms to her again and she will embrace it. She will find love such as she never knew existed.

Sierra is a heart-wrenching story of the power of the human spirit to survive amidst impossible circumstances and severe losses. It is a story of survival . . . and hope.

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Sierra 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Let me begin by saying that any review I leave here will never do this book justice. Not since "Hunger Games" has a book so captivated me and taken me on such an emotional roller coaster! I thought I had read romances before, and books like "Jane Eyre" and "A Tale of Two Cities," I had always considered the peaks of romantic literature. Let me say this. This is the most romantic book I have ever read in my 38 years on this planet! In case you have not guessed by now, I loved this book! When I began this book, I had no idea what I was getting into. I was horrified right off the bat, but I was so intensely drawn into the story that I savored every word on every page. Alyssa and Alex are fantastic characters, and Taylor Dean has made them truly three-dimensional. I connected with both in ways I never dreamed possible that I could connect with fictional characters. Alex gets my award for the most romantic character in a book--right alongside the Dumb as a Box of Rocks Award. No spoilers--read the book yourself. I found myself tingling in unexpected ways and moaning (even when there were students in the room with me). More than once, I found myself crying over this story, and once I even threw the kindle down on the desk, determined to not finish it. It was too painful to read. Why? Well, let's just say that while I have not experienced anything like Alyssa did, I long for so much of what she and Alex expressed. And the book was so real to me that I found myself longing for what I don't have. Very rarely does a book ever affect me like this. I am a romantic at heart (which the majority of people would never guess), but so far, I can't find anyone who wants to share that romance with me. At least I was able to have some vicarious pleasure with this story. Let me end by saying there is basically no profanity. No misuse of God's name--always makes me happy. And no sex before marriage. What? Really? What an amazing idea in this day and age! And I am glad the author had the decency to give the characters privacy in the bedroom. In fact, that makes it even more romantic, in my opinion. This book brought out the true romantic in me that often gets neglected. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She hums. "Afternoon, or evening, I dare say, Mr. Crin." O-o "But no matter the time of day. How are you?" v-v
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh, indeed. v-v I'm dreadful. How are you?
ysar More than 1 year ago
I noticed this book the week it came out, but after reading the summary, I wasn’t sure I could stomach it. Taken captive by two men, she endures a horrific nightmare… I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what I assumed. However, after watching reviews pop up, I noticed that not one of them mentioned the subject I wanted to avoid. Surely someone would have brought it up, right? So I took a chance, & it was worth it. Alyssa is on vacation with her family when tragedy strikes, & in what feels like mere moments, an idyllic scene becomes a nightmare — not the nightmare I was worried about, but certainly heart-wrenching at best. One moment is all smiles & happiness, & in a cruel twist of circumstance, everything is almost instantly shattered. Alyssa is taken from her family, driven to the middle of nowhere, forced to walk through miles of wilderness, & quickly losing hope. Despite unimaginable circumstances, she tries (and ultimately fails) to escape twice, until it’s clear that there really is no getting away from her captors. But just when it seems there’s no escaping a violent fate, salvation appears in the form of a remote cabin & its lone resident. Alex has secluded himself deep in the woods, away from civilization & his own tragic past. The last thing he expects is two incompetent criminals to burst through his door with an abused captive in tow. I don’t want to give the whole story away, but I’m guessing it’s obvious he saves her, right? Only now he has an injured, devastated woman in his home, & his separation from civilization doesn’t make it easy to return her home. He’s arranged his life so that there is virtually no contact with the outside world. No phone, no radio, not even a car or road to carry them out. So until his annual delivery of supplies is made by helicopter next year, they’re stuck. That should give them plenty of time to fall in love, right? The falling is slow, of course. Two people bound by circumstance & sharing in tragedy have more on their minds than romance, & Taylor Dean expresses that in her characters so well. There’s heartache, frustration, & friendship, , all shadowed by fear that the kidnappers may return. But... In many ways, the tale is told perfectly, unfolding at just the right speed & pulling you in. Alex is understanding, protective of, & careful around Alyssa. They’re strangers, & while they’ve been thrown together & managed to survive, there’s no rush to a happily ever after. When it finally does come, though, things are a little too perfect. The things Alex says … well, they’re exactly what we want to hear, in a way that stamps out the otherwise realistic flow of their relationship. He expresses his emotions too completely & in ways that even the most sensitive men rarely do — I mean, hermit on a mountain freely uses the word “frolick”? Unfortunately, that’s way the story wrapped up — a little too neatly, conveniently, quickly… While the bulk was a measured climb, the conclusion was jarringly sudden & strayed from the otherwise perfect pacing. The Verdict... Taylor Dean certainly knows how to spin a tale. There’s heartache, danger, healing, & romance… all the things for which we escape into books in the first place. She doesn’t shy away from grief & loss, but she doesn’t throw readers into a never-ending angst party either. I loved the characters, & I couldn’t put the book down until I’d read the last wor
DaleneH More than 1 year ago
Another excellent book by this author. The beginning is a little frightful and gory, and I didn’t know if I was going to like the book or even finish it. However, it doesn’t go on long and I stuck it out which I’m glad I did. Again this author has written what I call a dramatic romance story. It is enough to keep you in knots as you’re reading and you just have to keep reading to keep going to keep finding out what’s going on. I was on pins and needles again with this story. Great characters the author has created. Adam and Pa were very good awful (and you’ll have to read the book to know what I mean) and Alyssa and Alex were a great couple. A short teaser from the book: She raised her eyebrows and said, “Are you kidding me?” He smiled and winked. “Welcome to my world.” Dean, Taylor (2012-06-26). Sierra (p. 245). Kindle Edition. Again, I loved this book as much as I Have People. Taylor Dean has a way of writing her novels that are so compelling. I was hooked from the beginning. A quick page turner as well as a white knuckle ride. I highly recommend this book and author to readers of dramatic fiction and romance. I think I will try her Lancaster House series.
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kswederski More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it was one I hated to put down. I also went through many emotions through out the book. Alyssa and her family Sam her husband and Clay her two year old son were returning from a wonderful vacation at Lake Tahoe when something unthinkable happened. Two mountain men kidnapped them and made them drive into the mountains. When they finally stopped the two man killed her husband and son, and then forced Alyssa to go with them. This part of the story was so brutal and showed what strong spirit that Alyssa had she continued on to push on escaping a couple times only to be caught again by Pa and Adam. They kept her roped up at night and dragged her by a lease during the day. She was so tired. When trying to find their home they stumbled upon a cabin and a man living out in the wilderness by himself. Alex is a kind man and wants to help Alyssa, he will not let her leave with Pa and Adam. I do not want to spoil the story so will go into no more detail, but this is a wonderful story about love and second chances. Its about continuing when you thing there is no hope and nothing to live for. It is about finding happiness even through the bleakest moments. I can't wait to read more books by Taylor Dean, she is a great story teller.