True Confessions

True Confessions

by Rachel Gibson

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ISBN-13: 9780380814381
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 389,914
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Rachel Gibson began her fiction career at age sixteen, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit-and-run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.

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Chapter One

Face Of God Photographed In Clouds

There were two universal truths in Gospel, Idaho. First, God had done His best work when He'd created the Sawtooth Wilderness Area. And except for the unfortunate incident of '95, Gospel had always been heaven on earth.

Second — a truth just as adamantly believed as the first — every sin known to heaven and earth was California's fault. California got the blame for everything, from the hole in the ozone to the marijuana plant found growing in the Widow Fairfield's tomato garden. After all, her teenage grandson had visited relatives in L.A. just last fall.

There was a third truth — although it was viewed more as an absolute fact — come every summer, fools from the flatlands were bound to get lost amid the granite peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains.

This summer, the number of lost hikers rescued was already up to three. If the count stayed at three, plus one more fracture and two more cases of altitude sickness, then Stanley Caldwell would win the Missing Flatlander Betting Pool. But everyone knew Stanley was an optimistic fool. No one, not even his wife who'd put her money on eight missing, seven fractures, and had thrown in a few cases of poison oak for excitement — expected Stanley to win the kitty.

Almost everyone in town played the pool, each trying to outdo the other and win the sizable pot. The betting pool gave the people of Gospel something to think about besides cattle, sheep, and logging. It gave them something to talk about besides tree-hugging environmentalists, andsomething to speculate over besides the possible paternity of Rita McCall's brand-new baby boy. After all, though Rita and Roy had been divorced going on three years now, that alone didn't put him out of the running. But mostly, the pool was a harmless way for the locals to pass the hot summer months while they pulled in tourist money and waited for the relative calm of winter.

Around the beer case at the M & S Market, conversation centered around fly-fishing versus live-bait fishing, bow hunting versus "real" hunting, and, of course, the twelve-point buck the owner of the market, Stanley, had shot back in '79. The huge varnished antlers hung behind the battered cash register, where they'd been on display for more than twenty years.

Over at the Sandman on Lakeview Street, Ada Dover still talked about the time Clint Eastwood had stayed in her motel. He'd been real nice and he'd actually spoken to her, too.

"You have a nice place," he'd said, sounding just like Dirtv Harry; then he'd asked for the location of the ice machine and for some extra towels. She'd about died right behind the check-in counter. There was some speculation on whether or not his daughter with Frances Fisher had been conceived in room nine.

The citizens of Gospel lived and breathed the latest gossip. At the Curl Up and Dye Hair Studio, the favorite topic of conversation was always the sheriff of Pearl County, Dylan Taber, usually because the owner herself, Dixie Howe, dropped his name while chatting over a shampoo and set. She'd cast her line in his direction and planned to reel him in like a prize trout.

Of course, Paris Fernwood was angling her bait in Dylan's direction, too, but Dixie wasn't worried. Paris worked for her daddy at the Cozy Corner Cafe, and Dixie didn't consider a woman who served coffee and eggs serious competition for a businesswoman like herself.

There were other women vying for Dylan's attention as well. There was a divorced mother of three over in the next county, and probably others Dixie didn't know about. But she wasn't worried about them, either. Dylan had lived for a time in L.A., and he'd naturally appreciate someone with flash and cosmopolitan polish. In Gospel, there wasn't anyone with more flash than Dixie Howe.

With a Virginia Slims cigarette clamped between two fingers, the light catching on her bloodred nails, Dixie settled back in one of the two black vinyl salon chairs and waited for her two o'clock cut and color.

A thin stream of smoke curled from her lips as she thought of her favorite subject. It wasn't just that DyIan was about the only eligible man over the age oftwenty-five and under fifty within seventy miles. No, he had a way of looking at a woman. A way of tilting his head back a fraction and gazing through those deep green eyes of his that made her tingle in all the right places. And when his lips slid into a slow, easy smile, all those tingling places just pooled and melted.

Dylan had never set foot inside the Curl Up and Dye, choosing instead to drive all the way to Sun Valley to get his hair cut. Dixie didn't take it personally. Some men were just peculiar about walking into a classy studio like hers for a custom design. But she'd love to run her fingers through his thick hair. Love to run her hands and mouth over all of him. Once she got the sheriff into bed, she was sure he wouldn't want to leave. She'd been told she was the best lay this side of the Continental Divide. She believed it, and it was time she made a believer out of him. It was time Dylan used his big, hard body for something other than breaking up fights at the Buckhorn Bar.

There was only one potential little storm cloud in Dixie's plans for the future, and that was Dylan's seven-year-old son. The kid didn't like Dixie. Kids usually didn't. Maybe because she generally thought they were a pain in the ass.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that I read it again when I was finished. This is my fourth Rachel Gibson book and so far it is my favorite. How can you not fall in love with Dylan Taber! What can I say.....I loved it!
Reid20 More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book and then realized that I had already read it. Oops! The good thing was that it had been quite awhile and I could not remember everything that happened so I kept on reading. I like Rachel Gibson. Her books always make me feel good and this book was no exception. I like how the heroine found a life she always wanted and needed, but never realized it. I like the quirky little town and characters. I like a man who is a good father and Dylan fits the bill. I was expecting more mystery surrounding the ex-sheriff. However, this is not a mystery novel so I don't know why I was surprised. Good read.
writingirl_15 More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. I have read almost all of Rachel Gibson's books and they are all great- just like this one. Besides the great romance and witty dialog, I really enjoyed reading about Dylan's son. I really enjoyed reading the interactions between Dylan and Adam and Hope and Adam. Adding children to a book, for me at least, always makes the book more complicated and interesting. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the ending sort of dragged on and on. But other than that I recommend this book to every romance lover out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are not enough stars to rate all of the books by Rachel Gibson. The books are outstanding and I cannot put them down. When reading along with the story, I wanted to be that character in the book. I wish movies could be made from them. The books make you laugh, cry, ooooo and ahhhhhh! Keep it going Rachel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. The characters seem so real. I felt like I was there. This is the first book I have read by Rachel Gibson.
LadyLoves2Read More than 1 year ago
The humor in this book is outstanding, and so are the leading characters. The romance is hawt, too. Loved the sparky heroine and the alpha hero-fun to watch them play off each other.
curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
This book was a reread for me. I had only read it once a few years ago. The whole town is cool because you read about it in her other books but this one was a little campy. I did like Dylan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It was so easy to fall in love with these people.It brought out the forgotten hopeless romantic in me. I love it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here's my fantasy Ms. Gibson - have Faith Hill and Tim McGraw play Hope and Dylan in the movie!
blingtastic on LibraryThing 28 days ago
one of Gibson's earlier novels; a cute story set in a small town with a group of eclectic characters; enjoyed reading for the most part except the ending!
reneebooks on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Have you ever wondered who writes those insanely stupid stories in tabloids about alien abductions or the latest Elvis sightings? In TC, Hope Spencer is just such a writer (I refuse to call her a reporter) for a tabloid in LA. She has decided to come to Gospel, Idaho, because she has run out of ideas and hopes that the small town atmosphere and quirky residents will provide some inspiration. And boy, was she right. Gospel is full of quirky characters just like all stereotypical small towns. But of course they have their hunky sheriff, Dylan Taber. I don't know how many books I have read that feature small towns with quirky characters and a hunky sheriff. Probably dozens. What's up with this, people?Hope has decided to keep her profession a secret from everyone in town because she didn't want anyone to figure out that all those weird aliens stories were inspired by the town's wacky residents (okay, really, who could see themselves in nutty stories in a tabloid about aliens masquerading as people?). Also, she was being stalked in LA and didn't want the stalker figuring out where she was hiding out. Oh, did I mention that the stalker is a dwarf wrestler? I'm NOT making this stuff up. At this point I'm smacking myself on the forehead wondering if Gibson was on drugs when she wrote this or very clever tongue-in-cheek funny. I went with the latter and the humor actually worked for me. Each chapter begins with a very funny tabloid heading like "Demonic Car Alarm Hypnotizes Community" or "Squirrel is Proven Aphrodisiac".Dylan, the hunky sheriff, also has a secret. More about that later. At one time he had served as a police officer in LA, but has returned to Gospel to raise his young son alone. Dylan is quite the eligible bachelor in the area with his good looks and aw-shucks country boy charm. When Hope and Dylan meet there is an instant attraction and their sex scenes were pretty steamy. All the characters were well done and funny/likeable. Generally, I don't like kids in books but Dylan's son Adam is great and only plays a small role.Hope's secret is revealed and then someone finds out Dylan's secret and blabs it to the tabloids. Of course, Dylan blames Hope for spilling the beans and wants nothing to do with her. But Hope had nothing to do with it. This created some conflict but it doesn't last long and we get a quick ending. (Grade: B-)Basically, TC is a light and fluffy book with nothing deep about it and was a very fast read. Perfect for a vacation while you lay around on the beach after leaving your brain at home.
krystalsbooks on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This was great. I hope that she continues writing.
Island_Reader_Tina More than 1 year ago
Overall: 2.5/5 Pace: 2/5 Characters: 2/5 Romance: 2/5 Emotion (Laughs/Tears): 1/5 Dialog: 3/5 Enjoyment: 3/5 This book was just okay for me. The first 45% was such a boring drag to read, the only reason I didn't DNF is because when I read the book when it first came out I had given 5 stars. I was simply looking for the reason why. Goes to show how much tastes can change in 13 years! After the first 45% the rest was average at best. There were a couple good things, but not enough to redeem the slow start. Slow pace is a major offense for me and is what clouded my opinion of this book to the end.
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I've read all of Rachel Gibson's books and LOVE all of them. If you want funny, sexy, great writing, nobody does it better. This one & the follow up The trouble with valentines day are my favorites. Especially the chinooks hockey series ones...
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I just love love love this book, these towns, and these characters that Rachel Gibson shares with us. I have this title on my favorites list and have read this three times!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had read terrific reviews for this but I did not find it engaging in the slightest. The male lead character was a yawn and seemed like someone who did not hold women in high regard. Would not recommend this.
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I really enjoyed this book. I love all of Rachel Gibson's books and this was no exception.