"Well, I've finally come across someone that believes in all the things that I do… love, family, faith, intrigue, mystery, loyalty, romance, and a great love for our beloved Smoky Mountains. Dr. Lin Stepp, I salute you."
Vivian Delaney arrives in the quiet Wear's Valley, on the backside of the Great Smoky Mountains, carrying a heavy load of hidden problems. She is eager to find a quiet place to escape the recent troubles of her past. Right away, Vivian encounters unexpected challenges with her landlord, Scott Jamison. From Vivian's first meeting with Scott, which takes place at the end of a rifle barrel, he seems determined to push past all Vivian's defenses and find a way into her heart.
Just as Vivian begins to trust Scott and share her secrets with him, love for a little foster girl, Sarah Taylor, challenges their new relationship. When Sarah is lost in the mountains, suspense and conflict build in the lives of several characters caught in the balance.
This is the first in a planned series of 12 linked, upbeat, sentimental contemporary romance novels. Each is set in a different area of the Great Smoky Mountains, so readers get to experience new areas along with the rich pleasures of good Southern stories about memorable characters. Familiar characters and places tie the stories together in an enjoyable way.
|Publisher:||Canterbury House Publishing, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Lin Stepp is on the faculty at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, where she teaches several psychology courses. She and her husband began their own sales and publications business in 1989. The company publishes two regional fishing and hunting magazines and has a subsidiary that handles sports products and media sales in East Tennessee. Stepp lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
College professor Vivian Delaney rents a house near the Smoky Mountains, claiming she¿s on sabbatical. Scott Jamison, whose family owns the house Vivian is renting, runs neighboring Buckeye Knob Camp. When Scott meets Vivian, he suspects there¿s more to her story than Vivian is telling, but Vivian is adamant about her reason for being there. The two are attracted to one another although Scott is reluctant to love someone he feels he can¿t trust. Vivian eventually earns Scott¿s confidence, but their relationship is threatened by Vivian¿s attachment to a foster girl.Lin Stepp creates a heartwarming tale of love and redemption, family and faith. Her visual imagery nicely establishes time and place, and readers will fall in love with not only her charming characters but the picturesque setting for this inspirational story. This debut novel in the Smoky Mountain Series is sure to garner fans across genres, offering a plot filled with romance and suspense, set amidst the backdrop of the breathtaking Smoky Mountains.
I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are pleasant and while the story developed as I anticipated, it was made even more enjoyable by the details. I appreciate the author's ability to tell a story without resorting to profanity or sex scenes. It is refreshing to read a book that I might be able to share with my pre-teen daughter. The values demonstrated by the characters are ones that I value as well. I hope that the author doesn't abandon Vivian, Scott and their family in future novels. I look forward to reading "Tell Me About Orchard Hollow."