All bets are off
Tara Hillerman has lived in tiny, remote Campbell, Montana, all of her life, except for the college years she'd like to forget. Back where she belongs, she won't leave again, even on a bet. Dr. Tim Swanson only came home from Seattle to talk his ailing father into shutting down the clinic he can no longer manage. He definitely won't stay, not even on a bet.
But neither of them anticipated their explosive reunion. No one expected Tim's father would come too close to ruining their best friends' lives, either, and when Tara bets Tim that he can set things straight, she doesn't realize he means with her, for a lifetime.
|Publisher:||M. M. Justus|
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About the Author
"A GRAND yarn you can't put down." Janet Chapple, author of Yellowstone Treasures, on Repeating History. "The details paint a word picture so vivid that readers can see the story play out in their minds." Steve Dunkelberger, Tacoma Weekly, on True Gold. I am fascinated by the possibilities of what if. The memories of place that some people call ghosts, the möbius effect of time travel. You won't find vampires or werewolves in my books, I'm afraid. Or horror. I am more interested in the potential effects of the fantastic on normal folks, and in inserting it into well-researched historical events, populated mostly by people who really lived. I'm also an avid student of the road, and Cross-Country will not be my last travel adventure book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Two love stories in one book with both ending happily is a nice thing to find. Romances are always somewhat predictable but some are more fun to read than others. Tim and Tara’s story is one of a breakup in college five years previously with Tim now a doctor and Tara the small town librarian. They still strike easily get into arguments and feel sparks when together. Their friends, Jack and Becky, are together but encounter a glitch that has to be overcome. Tim’s father is the town doctor with the intention of matchmaking and getting his son to take over his practice much as Tim would rather work in the city. If you are looking for something in the romance genre that is easy to read and leaves you happy – this is the book for you. I give it 3.5 stars
Much Ado in Montana by M. M. Justus Much Ado in Montana. a novel by M M Justus, takes place in Campbell, Montana, a tight-knit small community. The story features the local doctor and his son. Dr. Samuel is about to celebtate his 75th birthday and faces real concerns about who will take over when he retires. His son, Dr. Tim has just finished medical school and has accepted his first postion as a doctor in a large, prestigious hospital in Seattle. He came home for his dad's birthday only to find his mom has an agenda for him. He is to figure out what is wrong with his father and fix it. His dad also has an agenda - to guilt Tim into moving back to Campbell and taking over the clinic when he retires. Add to that sparks igniting on every encounter with the ex-girfriend, Tara, and Tim soon realizes his quick, non-confrontational trip to Campell is turning into anything but that. Justus's writing style is simple and easy to follow. The plot is straight forward. The storyline flows well and transitions are smooth. Just when storyline might seem predictable Justus throws in an unexpected twist. Character development is fair. The story is engaging with two romances intertwined throughout the book. One seems to be sugar and spice the other fire and brimstone. This contrast made for great movement through the story. It was refreshing to see romance written that was not the cookie cutter we see so often in romances. While we do have a romance Justus does not limit our story to that. As a skilled writer she gives us a more complete life picture. In example, she probes the relationship between Tim and his dad in a way readers can identify as real life issues are addressed. Sometimes Tim feels like a little boy again when speaking with his dad and at other times he feels he is having to act in the role of the parent. Tim having to confront his dad about possible dementia envoked compassion within the reader as if they felt Tim's pain or perhaps feared it would be theirs one day. She also shows character who have overcome obstacles such as an unstable childhood in the character Jack. She paints a realistic picture of how he was raised and how he initially conducted his life. Then she reveals a man who is successful in the scientific community, who is living a life filled with things he loves and giving back to the community. There was very little I disliked in the book. One part that did not seem to flow well and was repetive was some of the conversation between Tara and Tim defining their feelings and future (not being specific as not to be a spoiler). It just seemed I read that same scene several times. Their relationship just never seemed to get to and stay at an adult level. That flowed into a problem with the ending. The ending seemed to be moving in the right direction but really fizzled out especially with Tara's part. The only other area of concern was the consistent negativity over the church. At first it seemed to be written as part of defining Becky's character but then it keep showing up in other areas. The people were made to look harsh, cruel and unforgiving. And there was nothing to offset it. In a small, close knit town in Montana there would seem to be some balance. I enjoyed this book. It is a fairly light read so it was nice for an end of the week relaxer. I enjoyed Justus style of writing and will be looking for more of her work!